Rugby: South Africa batter Japan 41-7 to slay demons in World Cup warm-up

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KUMAGAYA, JAPAN (AFP) - Makazole Mapimpi grabbed a hat-trick as South Africa smashed World Cup hosts Japan 41-7 on Friday (Sept 6), avenging the most humiliating loss in Springbok history two weeks before the serious business begins.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

KUMAGAYA, JAPAN - Makazole Mapimpi grabbed a hat-trick as South Africa smashed World Cup hosts Japan 41-7 on Friday , avenging the most humiliating loss in Springbok history two weeks before the serious business begins.

"We did what we wanted to do, especially in the first half," said South Africa captain Siya Kolisi after returning to skipper the side following a lengthy knee injury. Cajoled by the talismanic Kolisi, the Springboks continued to produce monster hits and dominate the set-piece. They extended their advantage when Mapimpi burst clear to complete his hat-trick on 52 minutes.

"In the last couple of minutes we fought hard with a man down to score two tries," said Kolisi, the only change to a Springboks side who drew 16-16 with the All Blacks in Wellington six weeks ago on the way to capturing their first Rugby Championship since 2009.

 

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