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South Africa too good for poor Namibia

Last updated 9 months ago | By AFP

South Africa’s Siya Kolisi is tackled by Namibia’s Wian Conradie. [AFP]

Two-time champions South Africa recorded one of their biggest Rugby World Cup wins yesterday when they routed a porous Namibia 57-3 to move towards the quarter-finals.

Five tries in the first half and another four in the second swept Namibia aside as the Springboks briefly threatened to eclipse the 87-0 win, the heaviest they have recorded at World Cups, over the Welwitschias in 2011.

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After Japan’s sensational 19-12 victory over Ireland earlier yesterday, any hopes of another upset were quickly snuffed out at a packed City of Toyota Stadium as South Africa attacked relentlessly from the outset.

The Springboks next face Italy in a match that will go a long way to deciding who qualifies from Pool B, which also contains defending champions New Zealand.

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“We will build from this and now we’ve got this big Italy game which probably will determine if we go through to the quarter-finals or not,” said Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus. 

“And I think this game will give us a nice springboard to go into that game.”

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Namibia kept South Africa scoreless for just nine minutes at the start of the game before three catch-and-drive tries in the space of seven minutes put the outcome beyond doubt. 

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