South Africa thrashed Canada 66-7 in the Pool B encounter at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Cobus Reinach broke a record by scoring the fastest ever World Cup hat-trick during the game as the Springboks all but confirmed their place in the quarter-finals.
The South Africans produced a stunning first half display in which they scored seven tries. The Canadians may consider themselves unlucky, as they had to play most of the game a man down after Josh Larsen was sent off in the first half after a strong shoulder charge to the neck of Thomas du Toit.
Canada, despite being a man down, performed valiantly as they restricted the Springboks to three tries in the second half. They even managed to score a try of their own to huge cheers from the crowd, but they were eventually well beaten and are now bottom of Pool B.
South Africa now look set for the quarter-finals after recovering strongly since their opening-day defeat to New Zealand.
AFP reported that Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus praised his side’s display and admitted his opponent’s loss of a player helped his team. "It was scrappy in stages, but I can't moan about 10 tries," he said.
"Obviously they got a red card that made it a little bit easier for us. So overall, not too bad," he added.
Canada, who have yet to win a game at the tournament, were whitewashed 63-0 by New Zealand in their last game. They have one more opportunity to earn a victory when they face Namibia on Sunday, October 13th.
The African side will be just as motivated, as they are also yet to win a game in the tournament.