South Africa power past Namibia; polish missing


Even considering that Namibia have picked a second-string side to face South Africa, holding back their best in order to have a chance of beating Canada next, the Springboks have not adopted a relaxed mentality.

Not that skipper Brits saw much wrong in the performance.

"What pains us is how well we played in one half and how badly in the other, knowing all the time that we are perfectly capable of playing 80 minutes of high-intensity, intelligent and fast rugby", said Argentina centre Jeronimo de la Fuente.

"Rassie has always been focusing on the process, irrelevant of the result".

"We knew prior to the match we were going to come up against a pretty formidable opponent. but the courage our team showed, particularly defensively and when down to 14, was fantastic", Davies said. "I was part of the group that lost to Japan, so I know that feeling when you should win and you don't". "From a team perspective, we have been training so hard this week - it was intense, and that is just the way we have prepared for it".

"Ten or 15 years ago, Namibia might have got 100 points (scored against them) in the World Cup, there were a lot of big scores", he said.

Speaking earlier this week, Erasmus stated: "Namibia are a runt bit little bit of an unknown element for us".

South Africa claimed their first win of the 2019 World Cup with a 57-3 thrashing of Namibia.

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"I'm really exhausted but it was a great performance by the boys, I'm really happy and it's a great game we're playing", he said after starting in an unfamiliar number eight role.

Scorelines of 87-0 last time they met in 2011, and Australia's record 142-0 shellacking of Namibia in 2003 mean the Springboks can approach the game with confidence bordering on nonchalance.

The former Saracens hooker revelled in the role, providing the final ball for two tries - including the no-look pass that released Makazole Mapimpi - and scoring South Africa's ninth and final five-pointer himself.

"So, I believe we are in a position to need some velocity all around the park and this free trio will give us that".

Rassie Erasmus wasn't shocked by Ireland's loss to Japan. It's a great challenge and opportunity to play our neighbors.

"It is also good to see Flo (Francois Louw), who has massive experience".

The Springboks game was some warmup for Namibia's next one, against the top-ranked All Blacks.

Even Namibia seem to have given up Saturday's match as a lost cause after switching 10 players from the team that troubled Italy before gallantly going down 47-22 in their opening game.