Boks walk over Namibia

2011-09-22 11:05

Auckland, New Zealand – The Springboks scored 12 tries on their way to a convincing 87-0 victory over Namibia in their Rugby World Cup Pool D match in Auckland, New Zealand, today.

Winger Bryan Habana finally broke the SA national try-scoring record when he dived over in the 23rd minute of the match, dotting down for the 39th time for his first try in a Bok jersey in 15 months.

After a sluggish start, the Springboks scored eight tries in the second half to confirm their superiority over their Southern African neighbours.

Flyhalf Morne Steyn converted a penalty in the third minute to open his team’s account.
After the first effective line break, the Springboks opened up and wing Gio Aplon scored his first World Cup try from his first touch in the seventh minute of the game.

Through some outstanding work by skipper John Smit, who offloaded brilliantly in the tackle, the Boks created two more chances in quick succession, but had to wait until the 23rd minute before Habana went over for their second five-pointer.

Namibian captain Jacques Burger managed to get in a few solid runs at the South African line before his pack were on the receiving end of a one-sided scrumming session that earned the Boks a rare penalty try in the 29th minute.

The first half concluded shortly after centre Frans Steyn, following in his skipper’s footsteps, offloaded in the tackle to send Jaque Fourie over.

Trailing 31-0 at the break, and without tighthead prop Marius Visser, who had limped off the field with an injury, Namibia found themselves in serious trouble as the Boks ran rampant in the second period.

Frans Steyn got the ball rolling in the second stanza when he was rewarded for his hard work in both attack and defence, going over eight minutes after the break.

Once the floodgates had opened, Juan de Jongh raced over and, along with Stormers teammate Aplon, delivered a little dance that was sure to be included in broadcasters’ highlights of the match.

The Boks then opted to shift Smit from hooker to tighthead prop, bringing on Chiliboy Ralapelle for his World Cup debut, and the most capped skipper in world rugby delivered another classy move when he threw a pefect long pass to Aplon for his second try of the game.

Before the final whistle, Hougaard and Juan de Jongh both dotted down to secure a brace each, and Danie Rossouw went over with two minutes left to complete the whitewash.

The Boks moved eight points clear of second-placed Samoa at the top of their group, while Namibia were left trailing in bottom spot without a win from three games.

South Africa

Tries: Gio Aplon (2), Bryan Habana, penalty try, Jaque Fourie, Frans Steyn, Morne Steyn, Juan de Jongh (2), Francois Hougaard (2), Danie Rossouw.

Conversions: Morne Steyn (6), Ruan Pienaar (6).

Penalties: Morne Steyn.

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