SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP HOPE ALIVE AFTER WIN OVER ITALY
South Africa trounced Italy 49-3 in Shizuoka to keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive. Handre Pollard converted tries from Cheslin Kolbe and Mbongeni Mbonambi, and added a penalty to put the Springboks 17-3 up at the break.
Italy prop Andrea Lovotti was sent off for dangerous play in the opening minutes of the second half. Lovotti lifted South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen off his feet and speared him into the ground, head-first, for the fourth red card at this World Cup.
After Lovotti was dismissed, Kolbe crossed for his second score. Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, RG Snyman and Malcolm Marx also went over as South Africa went top of Pool B.
Italy are just about out of the World Cup. They need to beat defending champions New Zealand in their last pool game to have a chance of making the quarters.