Springboks Crush Wales 52-16 in Dominant Rugby Display
Photo Credit: South African Rugby

The Springboks delivered a stunning 76-0 victory over Romania in a Rugby World Cup match, with outstanding performances by Cobus Reinach, Makazole Mapimpi, and the team as a whole.


Bordeaux, Franc (18 September 2023) – In a dazzling display of rugby prowess, the Springboks lit up the stadium in Bordeaux with an astonishing 76-0 victory over Romania during their second Rugby World Cup Pool B match. The South African team exhibited a masterclass in both attack and defence, showcasing their dominance on the international rugby stage.

From the kickoff, it was evident that the Springboks meant business. Coach Jacques Nienaber made 14 changes to the starting lineup, reshuffling the team, but the Boks remained unfazed by these alterations. Their determination was evident as they scored four tries within the first 11 minutes of the game, setting a blistering pace that left Romania struggling to catch their breath.

Cobus Reinach, a standout performer, secured a remarkable hat-trick in this contest. His first try saw him execute a cunning dummy from the back of a scrum, leaving Romanian defenders in his wake. For his second, Reinach capitalized on a Romanian turnover, sprinting 40 meters to touch down. The hat-trick was completed with his third try, a result of his pack’s outstanding effort in driving Romania off their own ball.

Damian Willemse, now in the flyhalf position, showcased his agility with a beautiful sidestep that left Romanian defenders bewildered. Kwagga Smith’s relentless work in winning turnovers provided the platform for Willemse’s brilliant display.

Makazole Mapimpi was another shining star, scoring a remarkable hat-trick. His first try came after a slick inside pass from Willie le Roux, positioning him perfectly on the left flank. The try-scoring continued, with Deon Fourie joining the party, scoring his first try in a Bok jersey at the back of a driven maul.

The Springboks’ scrum dominance became evident when they were awarded a penalty try after a Romanian scrum collapsed under pressure. Grant Williams showcased his speed and agility, scoring two tries, one of them after a dazzling run that left the Romanian defence scrambling.

Faf de Klerk was brought on at flyhalf, a tactical move by Coach Nienaber to test the versatility of his squad. The wings added to the spectacle with three tries in seven minutes, completing the 12-try spectacle that equalled the Boks’ previous Rugby World Cup record.

As the final whistle blew, the Springboks celebrated a resounding victory that not only showcased their exceptional talent but also set the stage for a pool-deciding clash with Ireland in Paris. Despite Scotland’s presence in the pool, it’s clear that the Boks are determined to make their mark on this Rugby World Cup.

With a remarkable 76-0 victory over Romania, the Springboks have sent a clear message to their competitors: they are a force to be reckoned with on the rugby field. Their journey in the tournament is far from over, and fans eagerly await their showdown with Ireland in what promises to be an epic clash of rugby titans.


Springboks 76 (33) – Tries: Cobus Reinach (3), Makazole Mapimpi (3), Damian Willemse, Deon Fourie, Penalty try, Grant Williams (2), Willie le Roux. Conversions: Willemse (5), Faf de Klerk (2).
Romania 0

The Springboks have indeed stamped their authority on the Rugby World Cup, leaving fans and enthusiasts in awe of their brilliant performance in Bordeaux.

Sources: SA Rugby 
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