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Erasmus Staying Grounded After Namibia Rout

Erasmus Staying Grounded After Namibia Rout

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus was pleased with his side’s 57-3 World Cup victory over Namibia but is refusing to get carried away. As expected, the Springboks totally dominated their fellow African nation, running in nine tries, while Namibia’s only points came from the boot of Cliven Loubser.

The Rugby Championship outfit led 31-3 at the break, with hooker Mbongeni Mbonambi bundling over twice. The tries kept coming during the second 40 minutes as Warrick Gelant, Makazole Mapimpi, Siya Kolisi and Schalk Brits all crossed the whitewash. Having lost their opener to New Zealand, South Africa needed a response but, while content with getting the win, Erasmus knows there is still work to be done.

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“When you lose a game like the previous game, you want to get some winning momentum back,” he said. “We have some certain things we like to get back to and I thought we did do that. “So we will build from this. Now we have got this big Italy game, which probably will determine if we go to the quarter-finals or not. This will give us a nice springboard to get into that game. “I know Namibia is probably targeting the Canada game, so they rested a few players. So we won’t read too much into the score.”

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