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Rugby World Cup – Springboks put Italy away

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Cheslin Kolbe during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match between New Zealand and South African at the International Stadium Yokohama,Yokohama City September 21 2019 (Mandatory Byline Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

The Springboks pack have laid the foundation even after uncontested scrums to secure a 49-3 win over Italy.

The defence was top notch as the Italians had plenty of opportunities to score tries but was every time met with brutal defence.

At the back the Springboks struggled a bit to get going in the first half but got things right in the second. Kolbe was again the most outstanding player not just from the backs but from the whole team.

The work rate the young man brings to the game is unbelievable and have proven you are never to small to play this game at the highest level.

The Springboks showed good early signs in the first ten minutes as they dominated play. They were quickly to show their dominance in the scrum.

It was brilliance of Kolbe that gave the Springboks their first try with his dancing feet to score in the corner. Pollard converted and the Springboks took an early lead.

Italy got a penalty straight away after Bongi did not roll away in a ruck before Pollard extended the lead again to 10-3 after 13 minutes.

The Springboks was put under a lot of pressure after Pollard knocked the ball on but even after two scrums close to their line they manage to stand up in defence and worked their way back to the Italians red-zone.

The Italians loss two props in that first 15 minutes that resulted in uncontested scrums for the rest of the game.

It was a perfect maul which send Bongi over for the Springboks second try of the match and a lead of 17-3.

The Italians had there chance in the first half but they were met with some really brilliant defence from the Springboks hitting them back every time.

The Springboks had some more opportunities but some handling errors and poor decision making cost them at least two tries in that first half.

With a 17-3 lead Kolisi and his troops would have been happy enough but still had a huge 40 minutes to go.

Italy got a red card early in the second half for lifting and dropping Vermeulen on the head which left them with 14 players for the rest of the game.

The Springboks went over with Pieter-Steph du Toit but the try was overturned after it was judges that Kolisi obstructed in the midfield.

We then saw some brilliant hands from the Springboks as Pollard kicked across the field for Kolbe second try of the match.

The game got a bit loose with end to end stuff which resulted in Am getting the intercept and the Springboks bonus point try.

The fifth try for the Springboks came from a brilliant little kick from Le Roux to send Mapimpi over to extend the lead to 39-3.

Kolbe who played a man of the match game for us was again the man that put all the pressure on the Italians after a kick by Steyn which Snyman picked up and scored.

There was one more try in the Springboks as Marx scored from a driving maul after the hooter sounded.

This gave the Springboks a well deserved 49-3 win.

Scorers:

Springboks: Tries – Cheslin Kolbe(2), Mbongeni Mbonambi, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, RG Snyman, Malcolm Marx Conversions – Handre Pollard(4) Penalties – Handre Pollard(2)

Italy: Penalties – Tommaso Allan

And the MAN of the Match!!!

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