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South Africa beat Romania comfortably 76-0

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | South Africa 76:0 Romania

In an electrifying Rugby World Cup clash in Bordeaux, South Africa’s scrum-half, Cobus Reinach, etched his name in history by securing a hat-trick in a mere 25 minutes, as the defending champions bulldozed their way to a resounding 12-try victory over Romania in Pool B.

Reinach’s remarkable feat marked the second-fastest hat-trick in World Cup history, with his record-setting performance coming four years ago when he scored three tries in just 20 minutes against Canada.

Makazole Mapimpi joined the scoring frenzy in the second half, also completing a hat-trick as South Africa demolished their opponents with a staggering 76-0 triumph. The reigning champions were in devastating form, securing a bonus-point try within the first 11 minutes and establishing a commanding 33-0 lead at halftime.

Despite making 14 changes to their lineup from their previous match against Scotland, South Africa’s dominance remained unshaken. Damian Willemse was the lone player to retain his spot in the lineup.

South Africa’s relentless onslaught continued after halftime, with Deon Fourie scoring in the 43rd minute and the team earning a penalty try shortly thereafter. The scoreline continued to swell with Grant Williams and Willemse contributing tries.

Mapimpi added to his tally with two more tries, and Willie le Roux sealed the emphatic victory with a final try, concluding a one-sided encounter. South Africa, currently second in Pool B, will face leaders Ireland in their next match, while Romania will take on Scotland following a week of respite.

Match Summary

Pool B | South Africa 76:0 Romania

South Africa Scores:

TRIES Cobus Reinach (3′, 9′, 24′), Makazole Mapimpi (7′, 64′, 68′), Damian Willemse (12′), Deon Fourie (43′), Grant Williams (55′, 62′), Willie Le Roux (74′)
CONV Damian Willemse (8′, 10′, 12′, 25′, 56′), Faf de Klerk (63′, 69′)

Romania Scores:


Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux


Mathieu Raynal

Man of the match:

Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa)



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