JOHANNESBURG South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the country's underprivileged children should "keep dreaming and keep believing" as he carried the Rugby World Cup trophy through thousands of fans on the team's return home on Tuesday. | Video
CAPE TOWN When the euphoria of a third Rugby World Cup triumph subsides in the coming weeks, South African Rugby will be faced with filling the head coach role vacated by Rassie Erasmus.
CAPE TOWN South Africa's first black rugby captain Siya Kolisi may have made an even more positive impact on unity in the country than the iconic gesture of Nelson Mandela donning a Springboks jersey for the 1995 World Cup final, former flyhalf Joel Stransky says. | Video
CAPE TOWN South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus' outstanding rugby brain and ability to sell a game-plan to his players has been the catalyst for a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the Springboks, according to former teammate Robbie Fleck.
CAPE TOWN There is no quick fix for South Africa’s ailing Test team in the wake of their demoralising series whitewash in India, captain Faf du Plessis said, as retirements, defections abroad and an under-performing domestic scene drag them into mediocrity.
KOBE South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has ticked the boxes on a successful Pool B campaign at the Rugby World Cup which, despite an opening defeat to New Zealand, may provide them with a gentler route to the final in Yokohama on Nov. 2.
KOBE, Oct 8 South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has a potential selection headache after third-choice scrum-half Cobus Reinach scored the fastest ever Rugby World Cup hat-trick in a dazzling individual display during Tuesday's 66-7 Pool B win over minnows Canada.
By Nick Said
KOBE, Oct 8 Third-string scrumhalf Cobus Reinach
scored a hat-trick of tries in 11 minutes as South Africa
celebrated their 500th test by storming into the Rugby World Cup
quarter-finals with a 66-7 victory over Canada on Tuesday.
The Springboks ran in six tries in the first half hour at
Kobe Misaki Stadium, and Canada's woes deepened a couple of
minutes before halftime when replacement lock Josh Larsen was
shown a red card for an illegal shoulder charge at a ruck.
South Africa were unable to maintain the same pace in the
second half, and the short-handed Canadians scored a deserved
try through flanker Matt Heaton in the 46th minute.
The Springboks still had very much the better of the
contest, though, and four tries after the departure of Larsen
sent them through to the knockout stages with three wins in four
Pool B matches and a spring in their step.
Centres Damian de Allende and Frans Steyn, wings Sbu Nkosi
and Warrick Gelant, hooker Schalk Brits, full-back Damian
Willemse and prop Frans Malherbe also crossed the tryline for
"It feels really good, especially after that performance,"
Bok skipper Siya Kolisi said.
"I'm really proud of the boys, especially in the first half.
In the second half we got a bit looser, but the main thing is
the boys had a lot of fun."
The Boks' dominance in the opening 40 minutes was stark as
they cut the Canadian defence apart with speed at the ruck,
slick hands and some intelligent use of the boot.
It was at times gruesome viewing for Canadian supporters as
their team struggled to get their hands on the ball and had to
withstand wave after wave of powerful raids on their line.
The Boks had wrapped up the bonus-point they needed to
secure their quarter-final berth by the 18th minute, with the
best of those tries coming from Reinach as he picked up the ball
at the base of a ruck inside the Bok 22 and scythed through a
gap in the defence.
Faced with a lone defender, Reinach chipped the ball ahead
and collected his own kick for one of the great individual
scores of the tournament so far.
Canada were at times their own worst enemy and went a man
down on 36 minutes when Larsen showed too much enthusiasm at a
ruck and his shoulder connected with the neck of Bok prop Thomas
But to their credit, they came out looking much more assured
in the second half despite their numerical disadvantage, and
after a succession of penalties won, some poor defence from
Jantjies allowed Heaton to score his first international try.
It should have been his second after he had dropped the ball
over the tryline in Canada’s defeat to Italy earlier in the
The Boks were kept scoreless for 15 minutes in the second
half before Brits showed excellent strength and some quick feet
to barge over the line.
Willemse, parachuted into the squad as an injury replacement
for Jesse Kriel, later scored his maiden test try.
"Very tough, we couldn't even get our hands on the ball for
that first 30 minutes or so, and when they had it they did some
damage," Canada captain Tyler Ardron said.
"But I felt we grew into the game, and in that last 50 we
put in a better performance.
"It's never helpful to get a red card. I think we would have
rather had the 15 out, there but we pulled together."
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Tokyo; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
KOBE If Canada's players are feeling nervous ahead of Tuesday's Rugby World Cup game against twice champions South Africa they are not showing it, with coach Kingsley Jones saying the squad is in party mood ahead of the Pool B clash in Kobe.
KOBE South Africa are expected to breeze past Canada in Tuesday's Rugby World Cup match but while the Springboks see the game as a chance to rest key players ahead of the knockout stages captain Siya Kolisi is happy not to have been left on the sidelines.