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Rugby World Cup 2015: South Africa thrash USA 64-0

Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick of tries to equal Jonah Lomu’s record as South Africa reached the World Cup quarter-finals by thrashing USA.

Springbok winger Bryan Habana
Springbok winger Bryan Habana

The winger scored three times in 21 second-half minutes to draw level with Lomu’s mark of 15 World Cup tries.

The Springboks ran in eight second-half tries in all to earn a bonus-point win at the Olympic Stadium.

South Africa top Pool B and will now play the loser of Saturday’s Pool A decider between Australia and Wales.

A mixture of South Africa’s ill-discipline and poor finishing kept the score down in the first half, while USA only made it into the Boks’ 22 in the last minute of the half, despite enjoying plenty of possession.

Centre Damien de Allende scored his first international try before South Africa were awarded a penalty try as USA struggled at the scrum.

A different South Africa came out after the break as Habana scored almost from the restart, collecting a Fourie du Preez kick to go over in the corner.

Bismarck du Plessis and Francois Louw both crossed the line, before Habana scored two tries in two minutes to complete his hat-trick.

Louw scored his second with Jesse Kriel also getting on the scoresheet, before Lwazi Mvovo rounded off a dominant Springboks performance. BBC Sport