Friday 9 December 2016

Bryan Habana equals Lomu's record as South AFrica thrash USA

South Africa's Bryan Habana
South Africa's Bryan Habana

BRYAN HABANA equalled Jonah Lomu's World Cup try-scoring record as he led South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing victory over the United States at the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Former All Black Lomu stood three tries clear of Habana (inset) on 15 tries heading into the match but the winger ran over a hat-trick against a much-changed USA side as the Springboks recorded a convincing 64-0 victory to top Pool B and set up a meeting with either Wales or Australia in the last eight.

Having lost their opening fixture in a famous World Cup upset at the hands of Japan, Heyneke Meyer's side have now truly recovered.

Damian de Allende opened the scoring before a penalty try pushed the two-time world champions further ahead before the break - with Habana's three second-half tries added to by Bismarck Du Plessis, Jesse Kriel, Lwazi Mvovo and two from Francois Louw.

Mvovo added the final try with Morne Steyn converting as the United States became the first side not to register a point in a match at this World Cup.

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