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Canan Moodie in action at the World Cup. Photo: @Springboks/X.

Springboks edge closer to Rugby World Cup quarter-final spot

Springboks ended their Pool B campaign with a 49-18 bonus point victory over Tonga but were left waiting for quarter-final spot to be confirmed.

Springboks star Canan Moodie SA Rugby

Canan Moodie in action at the World Cup. Photo: @Springboks/X.

The Springboks scored seven tries as they beat Tonga 49-18 in their final pool match of Rugby World Cup 2023 at Stade de Marseille on Sunday.

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Tries from Cobus Reinach, Canan Moodie and Deon Fourie gave the Springboks a 21-8 half-time lead, while Jesse Kriel, Willie le Roux, Marco van Staden and Kwagga Smith added second-half scores. All seven were converted by fly-half Handre Pollard and his replacement Manie Libbok.

Ben Tameifuna, Fine Inisi and Patrick Pellegrini responded for Tonga, who made the defending champions work hard for their victory.

The Springboks have gone top of Pool B following their bonus-point win, but must now wait for the result of the match between Ireland and Scotland in Paris on 7 October to find out if they will progress to the quarter-finals.

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Deon Fourie, who won the Player of the Match having started at hooker when he normally plays in the back-row, said he ahd no problems with the switch.

“No, it was a good game. We expected a tough game,” said Fourie. “I’ve played hooker earlier in my career so it wasn’t too bad. It went well today and I’m glad.

“I trained there for the last two years with the Boks and our motto is: we train how we play. That paid dividends today.”

After moving into the back row when Marco van Staden came on, he added: “I must say it’s quite tough moving from hooker to flanker. The body is old but I did a good job.”

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Springboks v Tonga full-time graphic
Springboks v Tonga full-time graphic. Photo: World Rugby.

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