Brilliant Habana leads Boks Rampage

Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer.

Whatever the Springboks coach said during the half time break worked as the Boks came out guns blazing with Habana scoring a 19 minutes hat trick, which meant he went level with Jonah Lomu on 15 tries at Rugby World Cups.

The Springboks started slowly as USA stood firm in the first 40 minutes as they went into the break leading by 14 points to none, courtesy of Damian de Allede and a penalty try.

Meyer made two changes to the team that beat Scotland over the weekend as Lwazi Mvovo came in for the inform JP Petersen and Jannie du Plessis made way for Frans Malherbe.

The Springboks hit the ground running in the 41st minute, when Habana raced onto Fourie du Preez’s brilliant kick before swallow diving over the USA line.

Minutes later Bismarck du Plessis showed great power and endurance as he muscled his way over the defence of USA for the bonus point try.

Heyneke Meyer’s men showed the killer punch that they have been lacking throughout the tournament as they scored six more tries. Francois Louw, who has not missed a single minute for the Springboks in the World Cup, bagged two tries.

Jesse Kriel  pierced through the USA defence with  tremendous pace and speed to dot down as the Springboks handed the Americans their biggest defeat in World Cup history and their sixth biggest overall.

Lwazi Mvovo put the cherry on top when he raced clear after the Springboks won the ball in their own half, and showed great footwork to complete the rampage.

The victory means that the Springboks finish on top of Pool B and teeing up a humdinger against either Wales or Australia at Twickenham on 17 October.

Nkululeko Zilibokwe

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