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Rugby World Cup: Flying winger Bryan Habana leads South Africa rampage


Try: Bryan Habana celebrates his record-equalling hat-trick

Try: Bryan Habana celebrates his record-equalling hat-trick

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Try: Bryan Habana celebrates his record-equalling hat-trick

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, 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.

Habana's three second-half tries were added to by Bismarck Du Plessis, Jesse Kriel, Lwazi Mvovo and Francois Louw (2).

The Springboks went ahead after seven minutes as De Allende cantered through the USA defence for his first international try and the penalty try was added before half-time.

The third try came just a minute into the second half from Habana, followed by scores from hooker Du Plessis and Louw.

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 and Kriel to then push the match score along even further.

Mvovo added the final try with Morne Steyn converting.

South Africa: Tries: Habana 3, B. du Plessis, Louw 2, Kriel, Mvovo. Cons: Pollard 4, Steyn 3.

South Africa: le Roux, Habana, Kriel, de Allende, Mvovo, Pollard, du Preez, Mtawarira, B. du Plessis, Malherbe, Etzebeth, de Jager, Louw, Burger, Vermeulen.

Replacements: Serfontein for de Allende (60), Steyn for Pollard (56), Paige for du Preez (63), Nyakane for Mtawarira (56), Brits for B. du Plessis (56), du Toit for de Jager (63), Alberts for Burger (48). Not Used: Oosthuizen.

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USA: Scully, Thompson, Niua, A. Suniula, Test, S. Suniula, Kruger, Kilifi, Thiel, Baumann, Stanfill, Trouville, Barrett, Quill, Manoa.

Replacements: Wyles for Scully (70), Moeakiola for Kilifi (58), Taufetee for Thiel (72), Fenoglio for Trouville (70),

McFarland for Barrett (57), Dolan for Manoa (48). Not Used: Lamositele, Petri.

Att: 54,658

Ref: Pascal Gauzere (France).

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