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  1. South Africa run riot in Albany

    South Africa run riot in Albany

    South Africa remain firmly on course to top Pool D at the World Cup after a record 87-0 victory over minnows Namibia in Albany. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • South Africa
    • Namibia
    • 80+1' FULL-TIME! South Africa remain firmly on course to top Pool D at the World Cup after a commanding 87-0 victory over minnows Namibia at North Harbour Stadium in Albany.
    • 80' SA 87-0 NAM - Pienaar adds another conversion.
    • 79' SA 85-0 NAM - A second try for the impressive Hougaard caps the evening. He dashes from the back of the scrum, hands off the referee, then sidesteps the full-back and dives over the line.
    • 78' It beats South Africa 72-6 Uruguay from Perth in 2003.
    • 77' This is a record World Cup win for the Springboks.
    • 76' SA 80-0 NAM - Pienaar adds the extras.
    • 75' SA 78-0 NAM - Smit blasts his way towards the line and Rossouw collects the offload for a try under the posts.
    • 74' Tendai Mtawarira, more commonly known as 'The Beast', outpaces Namibia scrum-half Eugene Jantjies.
    • 73' Willem Alberts named man of the match.
    • 72' Kotze's chip through but South Africa denied a consolation try as Hougaard gets there first.
    • 71' Ryan de la Harpe on for Eugene Jantjies.
    • 70' SA 73-0 NAM - Pienaar adds the extras.
    • 69' SA 71-0 NAM - South Africa scored 15 tries in the 105-13 victory over Namibia in 2007 and now they have 10 today as De Jongh powers over for his second try.
    • 68' SA 66-0 NAM - Pienaar now has six points in as many minutes.
    • 67' SA 64-0 NAM - Those changes have injected pace into their game and a ninth try arrives for the Boks as Hougaard dives over.
    • 66' Pienaar, de Jongh, Tendai Mtawarira and Fourie du Preez are the men who came on before that two-try burst with Morne Steyn, Habana, Steenkamp and Frans Steyn departing.
    • 65' SA 59-0 NAM - Ruan Pienaar adds another conversion.
    • 64' SA 57-0 NAM - A wonderful pass from John Smit off the left hand to Aplon who crashes over. South Africa running riot now.
    • 63' SA 52-0 NAM - Ruan Pienaar adds the conversion, moments after he also comes on.
    • 62' SA 50-0 NAM - Juan de Jongh scores with his first touch of the ball after a bustling run from Pierre Spies through two tackles.
    • 61' SA 45-0 NAM - And a wonderful kick from Morne Steyn to convert his own try.
    • 60' SA 43-0 NAM - A rolling Springboks maul and Hougaard gets the ball out to Morne Steyn on the blindside for the fly-half to cross in the right corner.
    • 59' The pace had dropped somewhat before Fourie gets up to the Namibian try line. He is held up but SA retain possession and win the penalty - Steyn kicks inside the 5m line.
    • 58' This time South Africa are penalised for collapsing the scrum.
    • 57' Smit lost the ball just short of the line and it's another scrum 5m out for Namibia.
    • 56' Good passage of play from South Africa, ball retention and hard running lines. A burst from Frans Steyn, Habana is held up just short, John Smit takes it on and think he has scored but it's another television review.
    • 55' Pieter Jan van Lill replaces Heinz Koll in the Namibia second row.
    • 54' "Every World Cup winner in the past has won every game they have participated in (in) the competition," Gold said. "That's a key significant factor to winning. We realise that, that's why the Springboks over the last number of World Cups have an 88 percent win record. "Under no circumstances would it even be considered that anything else but winning right to the end is what's going to be required."
    • 53' Topping the Pool would bring a probable quarter-final meeting with Australia following the Wallabies' surprise defeat by Ireland but Springboks assistant coach Gary Gold described as "preposterous" suggestions they might deliberately try to finish second in the group to secure an easier route to the final.
    • 52' Beautifully weighted kick from Kotze to pin the Boks back in their own 22 but Morne Steyn drills it long in return.
    • 51' Chiliboy Ralepelle also on for CJ van der Linde with John Smit reverting to tighthead.
    • 50' Concern for SA as Botha limps off and on comes Francois Louw.
    • 49' SA 38-0 NAM - Morne Steyn takes his personal haul to 13 points.
    • 48' SA 36-0 NAM - Quick penalty from Hougaard, he makes valuable ground and Botha offloads to Frans Steyn who can jog over the line for the simplest of tries.
    • 47' Conrad Marais replaces Heine Bock.
    • 46' No try. Hughes deemes that Aplon did not apply downward pressure under duress from Danie van Wyk.
    • 45' South Africa spread the ball wide, a kick through from Habana and Aplon bursts through to apply the finishing touch. Or does he? It is referred to Graham Hughes, the television official.
    • 44' Much better from Namibia at the scrum and Habana is forced to defend after the kick through but the minnows are penalised for not entering the ruck correctly.
    • 43' Former Rotherham prop Horn becomes Namibia's most capped player.
    • 42' Hugo Horn replaces Bertus O'Callaghan, another change in the Namibia front row.
    • 41' Here we go for the second-half.
    • 40+1' Half-time and Springboks firmly on course to top Pool D, with first place being secured by beating Samoa in their final game on September 30.
    • 40' Marius Visser has had a torrid time and limps off to be replaced by Jane du Toit.
    • 39' Aplon races up to the Namibian 22 but South Africa are unable to capitalise.
    • 38' SA 31-0 NAM - That's 5 from 5 for Steyn.
    • 37' SA 29-0 NAM - South Africa get their bonus point try. John Smit wins a lineout, the ball is released to Steyn who jinks through the gap before a sublime offload for Fourie to cross under the posts.
    • 36' So close to an interception try from Aplon but it is great hands from Namibia and Heine Bock bursts inside the SA 22 before the turnover.
    • 35' A terrible Namibia lineout and Hougaard makes a darting break before Namibia win the penalty at the breakdown.
    • 34' SA inside the Namibia 22 again but they concede a needless penalty for not rolling away.
    • 33' Burger is patched up and back on.
    • 32' John Smit is playing his 109th Test for South Africa, becoming their most capped player ahead of Victor Matfield (108).
    • 31' SA 24-0 NAM - Steyn adds another conversion.
    • 30' SA 22-0 NAM - The Namibia scrum collapses once too often and it is a penalty try. Gurthro Steenkamp was doing a fantastic job.
    • 29' Marius Visser in big problems and Namibia concede another penalty 5m from their own line.
    • 28' Against Samoa, Namibia only won seven of 17 lineouts and six of 10 scrums. And the minnows lose the put in after the Boks successfully wheel it.
    • 27' Aplon on the lookout for a second try as he burrows towards the line but a solid hit from O'Callaghan and he knocks on.
    • 26' Burger in the blood bin and on comes Francois Louw.
    • 25' Du Plessis takes it up onto the Boks 22 but the men in blue lose the ball in contact once again.
    • 24' South Africa v Namibia is the first Rugby World Cup match since England v Wales in 2003 between countries who share a border.
    • 23' SA 17-0 NAM - Steyn adds the extras.
    • 22' SA 15-0 NAM - And there is Habana's landmark try. Burger to Rossouw whose pass beats the Namibia defence and the winger romps down the left wing to touchdown for his 39th international try.
    • 21' A rampaging break from Tinus du Plessis for Namibia into the Springboks half but he knocks on.
    • 20' Schalk Burger and Jacques Burger both play at seven today, the second time at a Rugby World Cup that players with the same name and number face each other.
    • 19' A subline kick from Kotze to pin the Springboks back in their own 22.
    • 18' But another knock-on and this time it is Jaque Fourie, South Africa's sixth handling error.
    • 17' Namibia show some adventure, attacking from inside their own half but Lambie takes the high ball and SA counter.
    • 16' Another handling error from SA when they try to spread the ball wide, this time from Pat Lambie out on the right wing.
    • 15' In all competitions Namibia have lost six of their last seven matches, winning only against Portugal back in June.
    • 14' Hougaard thinks he has scored a second try but Clancy whistles, saying the put in at the lineout was not straight. Marginal call.
    • 13' It is relentless pressure but Danie Rossouw drops the ball inside the Namibia 22.
    • 12' Great play from Bertus O'Callaghan to disrupt the Boks and Namibia win the penalty at the breakdown.
    • 11' Namibia penalised again for collapsing a maul and it is SA put in at the lineout, just 5m from the line.
    • 10' Namibia are penalised for not rolling away and Steyn pens the minnows inside their 22.
    • 9' In Namibia’s 13 World Cup defeats they have conceded at least five tries in each match except one, at an average rate of 8.7 per game.
    • 8' SA 10-0 NAM - Steyn's kick squeezes through the posts.
    • 7' SA 8-0 NAM - A turnover in midfield and Gio Aplon marks his World Cup debut with a try. Beautiful play from Francois Hougaard in the tightest of spaces and he feeds the winger on the right who is untouched.
    • 6' Namibia have lost all 13 of their Rugby World Cup matches, no other side has lost as many matches in the competition without winning a single game.
    • 5' SA 3-0 NAM - Morne Steyn gives South Africa the lead with an easy penalty.
    • 4' First set piece of the game, Namibia have the put in on their own 22 but are penalised as a player was off his feet.
    • 3' A breathless start and Theuns Kotze's kick is charged down by Pierre Spies but the number eight knocks on to deny the Boks an early try.
    • 2' It is a nice dry evening and Namibia have some early possession without really getting over the gain line with their forwards.
    • 1' And away we go before a healthy crowd. Namibia in blue shirts.
    • 08:57 Time for the anthems.
    • 08:55 Namibia: 15-Chrysander Botha, 14-Danie Dames, 13-Danie van Wyk, 12-Piet van Zyl, 11-Heine Bock, 10-Theuns Kotze, 9-Eugene Jantjies, 8-Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 7-Jacques Burger (captain), 6-Tinus du Plessis, 5-Nico Esterhuyse, 4-Heinz Koll, 3-Marius Visser, 2-Bertus O'Callaghan, 1-Johnnie Redelinghuys /// Replacements: 16-Hugo Horn, 17-Jane du Toit, 18-Pieter Jan van Lill, 19-Rohan Kitshoff, 20-Ryan de la Harpe, 21-Darryl de la Harpe, 22-Conrad Marais
    • 08:55 South Africa: 15-Pat Lambie, 14-Gio Aplon, 13-Jaque Fourie, 12-Frans Steyn, 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Morne Steyn, 9-Francois Hougaard, 8-Pierre Spies, 7-Schalk Burger, 6-Willem Alberts, 5-Danie Rossouw, 4-Bakkies Botha, 3-CJ van der Linde, 2-John Smit (captain), 1-Gurthro Steenkamp. /// Replacements: 16-Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17-Tendai Mtawarira, 18-Francois Louw, 19-Heinrich Brussow, 20-Fourie du Preez, 21-Ruan Pienaar, 22-Juan de Jongh
    • 08:50 Today's referee is George Clancy from Ireland, a relative newcomer to Test rugby. Life and career of Clancy
    • 08:45 Today we are at the North Harbour Stadium in Albany, which lies around 19 kilometres from the centre of Auckland. Venue guide
    • 08:40 Despite the South African camp talking up the improvement made by Namibia since they were hammered 105-13 by the Springboks four years ago in their only previous meeting, Habana and his team mates will be licking their lips at the prospect of a big score. Namibia team guide
    • 08:35 Habana, who was top try scorer at the last World Cup with a record-equalling eight, has been tied with former scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen on 38 since June 2010. He played in the Springboks' opening win over Wales but failed to cross the line for the 11th successive game, then missed the win over Fiji with a knee injury. South Africa team guide
    • 08:30 Winger Bryan Habana has a glorious chance to end his 15-month try drought and become South Africa's all-time leading try scorer when the holders take on neighbours Namibia.
  • Summary

    South Africa versus Namibia
    Aplon 7’, 65’, Habana 22’, 30’, Fourie 38’, Steyn 49’, Steyn 61’, de Jongh 63’, 71’, Hougaard 68’, 80’, Rossouw 78’ Tries  
    Steyn 8’, 23’, 31’, 39’, 50’, 62’, Pienaar 64’, 66’, 69’, 72’, 78’, 80’ Conversions  
    Steyn 4’ Penalties  
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • South Africa

    Manager: Peter de Villiers

    On the Field

    • Steenkamp Substitution Out (62′)
    • Smit
    • van der Linde Substitution Out (50′)
    • Botha Substitution Out (50′)
    • Rossouw Try
    • Alberts
    • Burger Substitution In (32′) Substitution Out (27′)
    • Spies Substitution Out (79′)
    • Hougaard Tries×2
    • Steyn Try Substitution Out (62′)
    • Habana Try Substitution Out (62′)
    • Steyn Try Substitution Out (62′)
    • Fourie Try
    • Aplon Tries×2
    • Lambie

    Subs

    • du Preez Substitution In (62′)
    • Ralepelle Substitution In (50′)
    • Pienaar Substitution In (62′)
    • Mtawarira Substitution In (62′)
    • Brussow Substitution In (79′)
    • de Jongh Substitution In (62′) Tries×2
    • Louw Substitution In (50′) Substitution Out (32′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Namibia

    Manager: Johan Diergaardt

    On the Field

    • Redelinghuys
    • O'Callaghan Substitution Out (42′)
    • Visser Substitution Out (41′)
    • Koll Substitution Out (55′)
    • Esterhuyse
    • du Plessis
    • Burger
    • Nieuwenhuis Substitution Out (54′)
    • Jantjies Substitution Out (70′)
    • Kotze
    • Bock Substitution Out (46′)
    • van Zyl
    • van Wyk
    • Dames Substitution Out (66′)
    • Botha

    Subs

    • du Toit Substitution In (41′)
    • Horn Substitution In (42′)
    • de la Harpe Substitution In (66′)
    • Marais Substitution In (46′)
    • Kitshoff Substitution In (54′)
    • van Lill Substitution In (55′)
    • de la Harpe Substitution In (70′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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