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South Africa 64-0 USA Rugby World Cup: Bryan Habana equals Jonah Lomu’s try-scoring record as Springboks demolish United States

By Mark Bryans

Published 07/10/2015

Bryan Habana of South Africa goes over to score his second try and South Africa's sixth during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Bryan Habana of South Africa goes over to score his second try and South Africa's sixth during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
South Africa's wing Bryan Habana celebrates after scoring a try during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium, east London, on October 7, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
South Africa's wing Lwazi Mvovo (C) celebrates with South Africa's wing Bryan Habana (L) and South Africa's scrum half Rudy Paige (R) after scoring his team's tenth try despite during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium, east London, on October 7, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
USA's Andrew Suniula (centre left) is halted by South Africa's Handre Pollard (centre) during the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PA
South Africa's Bryan Habana and USA's Blaine Scully (above) collide as they go for a high ball during the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
South Africa's Bryan Habana and USA's Blaine Scully (above) collide as they go for a high ball during the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
South Africa's Schalk Burger (right) looks to guide the scrum during the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
South Africa's Damian De Allende scores their first try of the game during the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
South Africa's Damian De Allende (no 12) celebrates scoring their first try of the game with team-mates during the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
South Africa supporters cheer prior to a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium, east London, on October 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Jesse Kriel of South Africa held up short of the try line during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Jesse Krie of South Africa held up of the try line during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Blaine Scully of the United States and Bryan Habana of South Africa come together when they go for a high ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa tackled by Andrew Suniula of the United States during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Lwazi Mvovo of South Africa tackled by Folau Niua and Shalom Suniula of the United States during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Damian De Allende of South Africa is congratulated on scoring their first try with Lwazi Mvovo of South Africa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
USA and South Africa fans show their support in the stands before the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: A South African fan enjoys a drink during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
USA fans show their support in the stands before the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
USA fans show their support in the stands before the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: USA fans soak up the atmosphere during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Louis Stanfill of the United States (C) shows his emotions during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
A South Africa fan shows her support in the stands before the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer before the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
South Africa players hurdle together in the warm-up before the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
A South Africa fan shows his support in the stands before the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: The South Africa team line up for the national anthem during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
A South Africa fan shows her support in the stands before the World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU South Africa. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
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A general view of the stadium before the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B match between South Africa and United States of America at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium on October 07, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
A general view of the stadium before the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B match between South Africa and United States of America at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium on October 07, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
South Africa's scrum half and captain Fourie du Preez takes part in a press conference on October 6, 2015 at the Olympic stadium in London. South Africa will face USA at London's Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
South Africa's assistant coach Johann Van Graan (L) and scrum half and captain Fourie du Preez take part in a press conference on October 6, 2015 at the Olympic stadium in London. South Africa will face USA at London's Olympic stadium. AFP/Getty Images
South Africa's wing Bryan Habana attends a press conference on October 5, 2015 at the Lensbury Hotel in Teddington, west of London, to announce the team that will face USA at London's Olympic stadium on October 7, 2015.
South Africa's scrum half and captain Fourie du Preez (C) passes the ball during a training session at the Lensbury Hotel in Teddington, west of London, on October 5, 2015. South Africa will face USA at London's Olympic stadium on October 7, 2015. AFP/Getty Images

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.

Former All Black Lomu stood three tries clear of Habana 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.

The Springboks stormed ahead after seven minutes as, either side of missed penalties from the United States, De Allende cantered through the USA defence before sprinting over for his first international try.

Handre Pollard converted before South Africa-born scrum-half Niku Kruger came close to pulling the United States to within four points - only to see his penalty come back off the post.

The Americans, with 12 changes from the defeat to Scotland, were dominating possession but could not make it count as Blaine Scully and Habana were both forced off for head injury assessments after the South Africa winger's strong challenge.

Pollard broke free and aimed for the corner but the United States defence held firm as both Kruger and Zach Test did well to prevent Kriel scoring the second try - with the television match official ruling against the Springboks.

The USA were penalised after their scrum twice collapsed, with referee Pascal Gauzere awarding a penalty try to South Africa - with Pollard again converting.

Scully, back on having been cleared of any head injury, led a break-out close to half-time but opted to check inside rather than test his pace down the flank and he was soon swallowed up by the South Africans.

The third try came just a minute into the second half as Habana beat a marginal offside call to collect a pass from skipper Fourie du Preez for the 13th World Cup try of his career.

Hooker Du Plessis added the fourth as the USA began to toil, and Louw was next to go over to add to his try from the defeat against Japan.

The 32-year-old Habana ran over his second before matching Lomu's haul of 15 World Cup tries with a simple hat-trick score moments later.

The record should have been in the bag with 13 minutes remaining but Habana fumbled when in behind - only for Louw to double up for the evening and Kriel to then push the score along even further.

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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