Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kolbe magic as Boks put one foot in quarter-finals

Kolbe magic as Boks put one foot in quarter-finals

South Africa poured on five of its seven tries and 32 points in just under 40 minutes after Lovotti trudged off.

Cheslin Kolbe claimed a double on a miserable night for Italy, who played nearly the entire second half a man down after Andrea Lovotti was sent off for a risky tip tackle on Duane Vermeulen.

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"We have the usual bumps and bruises following a match but otherwise we're in a good space", said Rassie Erasmus, South Africa's director of rugby.

Reinach's first try was a contender for try of the tournament.

Then, after referee Wayne Barnes had blown the whistle, Andrea Lovotti and Nicola Quaglio tip-tackled Duane Vermeulen into a risky vertical position.

"We get to the start of the second half, we're close to the line and then just crass stupidity, crass stupidity".

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It meant English referee Wayne Barnes had no option but to order non-contested scrums, during which neither side can push, starving South Africa of one of their key attacking weapons.

"I have been part of a lot of Springboks teams and this is one where there are not a lot of egos", Erasmus, who played 36 matches for the Springboks said.

With the card went any realistic hopes for Italy, and, after Pollard's clever kick out of hand set Kolbe in for his second score, Am intercepted for the bonus-point try and Mapimpi profited from a neat chip by Willie le Roux to also cross. Eventually, Italy made a short break down the left-hand touchline, but Lukhanyo Am pinched an intercept and ran in another try. Left-wing Makazole Mapimpi chased up and regathered the ball before speeding away to score. Pollard converted to make it 17-3 at half-time. Frans Steyn fired a grubber deep into the Italian 22, which was chased down by Kolbe.

Quick ball saw them across the gainline, with RG Snyman bursting through on a pass from fly-half Elton Jantjies.

The Springboks put the final nail in the coffin at full time, scoring a final try from a powerful driving maul Malcolm Marx emerged as the try scorer.

Kolisi, who will be starting his third match in four games as he continues his return to match fitness after a knee injury, said a South Africa side showing 13 changes from the team that beat Italy 49-3 last time had to focus on their own performance.

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