Springbok showdown

Damian Willemse of South Africa celebrates on his way to scoring at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

RWC 2019 results and highlights: South Africa 66-7 Canada – as it happened

South Africa ran riot against 14-man Canada at the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday, running in 10 tries in a 66-7 victory that all but guarantees them a quarter-final spot.

Springbok showdown

Damian Willemse of South Africa celebrates on his way to scoring at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

The Springboks made sure of their Rugby World Cup progression thanks to a demolition job over hapless Canada on Tuesday.

South Africa will face Ireland, Scotland or hosts Japan in the quarter-finals after running in ten tries in Kobe against the North Americans.

Damian de Allende opened the Boks’ account inside three minutes, finishing in alarming space following a destructive carry by Man of The Match RG Snyman.

One became two when S’bu Nkosi took a Kwagga Smith offload before hugging the left side-line to score in the corner.

Then Cobus Reinach took over with a quickfire hat-trick, the quickest in World Cup history.

First the scrum-half sniped away following a scrum on the South African 22, chipping his kick through and regathering to finish with serious incision.

Snyman then made his second largely unopposed carry to within reach of the Canadian try line, allowing Reinach to pick up, dip his shoulder and score his second.

His third came within seconds after Elton Jantjies’ daring cross-kick was gathered by Warrick Gelant, who shifted it to the onrushing Northampton Saints man via some nifty De Allende hands.

Gelant was next on the board, dancing his way through three men to finish with style in the right corner.

The task was then made a whole lot tougher for the minnows just before half time when replacement Josh Larsen went flying into the ruck, bashing Thomas du Toit in the neck with his shoulder.

Referee Luke Pearce had a thorough check with his assistants and TMO Rowan Kitt before giving Larsen his marching orders.

There was just time for Canada to shoot themselves in the foot once more before the break.

Phil Mack took the quick free kick after an early Springbok shove in the scrum before slinging a wild pass straight into the arms of Frans Steyn, who couldn’t believe his luck in adding try number seven.

Half time robbed the Springboks of their momentum, with part-time school coach Matt Heaton putting Canada deservedly on the board.

But they were back up the other end soon enough, allowing veteran Schalk Brits to bring out some age-defying quick feet to power his side over the 50-point mark.

The pace remained far slower than that of the first period, but Damian Willemse did cap his dream week with a first Test try.

Called up to replace the crocked Jesse Kriel, the 21-year-old punched the air as he went in following a capitulation in the Canada scrum.

Frans Malherbe then rumbled in for his maiden Test score as the clock ticked down.

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Additional reporting by AFP/World Rugby.