The Springboks electric wing Makazole Mapimpi scored two tries as they eased to a nine-try 57-3 win over neighbours Namibia, but it was a far from polished performance in their Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B clash at the City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday.
Billed the ‘African Derby’, there was only ever going to be one winner despite what Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus termed his ‘fringe’ selection, and minnows Namibia simply could not cope with the physicality of the South Africans.
Hooker Bongi Mbonambi (two), loose-forwards Francois Louw, Schalk Brits and Siya Kolisi, full-back Warrick Gelant and centre Lukhanyo Am also crossed for tries, but there was a lack of cohesion and, at times, quality to the Bok play that will be a worry for Erasmus.
They are next in action on Friday against Italy in a crucial match in Fukuroi City that should decide second place in the pool, while Namibia faces the even more daunting prospect of meeting New Zealand in Tokyo on Oct. 6.
South Africa were impressive but not flawless
The Springboks look an incredibly strong side at this tournament. They were ruthless at times and, although errors did creep in, the South Africans showed how to deal with a significantly worse opposition by bullying them upfront in the opening 20 minutes.
Makazole Mapimpi was the standout in the backs while captain for the day Schalk Brits was the star forward. He thrived from number eight in the open spaces before reverting to playing hooker towards the end of the match.
Source – Telegraph
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