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Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | South Africa 49:18 Tonga

South Africa is on the verge of securing a spot in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals following a bonus-point triumph over Tonga. The Springboks displayed their dominance with a 38-12 victory, making a strong statement in their campaign.

During the first half, South Africa’s Cobus Reinach, Canan Moodie, and Deon Fourie scored three tries, showcasing their offensive prowess. The crucial fourth try came from Jesse Kriel, followed by additional tries from Willie le Roux, Marco van Staden, and Kwagga Smith. This performance has placed South Africa in a favorable position in Pool B.

The final order of Pool B will be determined by the upcoming match between Scotland and Ireland. To secure the top spot, Scotland must defeat Ireland and prevent them from earning a bonus point. If they succeed, South Africa will lead the pool. However, if Scotland wins with a bonus point and Ireland secures a losing bonus point, a close points difference battle will ensue for the top spot.

Tonga, despite their high hopes, has suffered heavy defeats in the World Cup. They will look to salvage their tournament in the match against Romania.

Handre Pollard’s return to the Springboks’ lineup proved fruitful, as he demonstrated his kicking prowess with four conversions, solidifying South Africa’s position in the tournament.

Match Summary

Pool B | South Africa 49:18 Tonga

South Africa Scores:

TRIES Cobus Reinach (5′), Canan Moodie (20′), Deon Fourie (32′), Jesse Kriel (49′), Willie Le Roux (58′), Marco van Staden (63′), Kwagga Smith (81′)
CONV Handre Pollard (6′, 21′, 33′, 50′), Manie Libbok (59′, 65′, 82′)

Tonga Scores:

TRIES Ben Tameifuna (38′), Fine Inisi (53′), Patrick Pellegrini (73′)
PENS William Havili (3′)

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