Rugby | Wins for South Africa, Argentina, Scotland and Wales

In the penultimate round of pool fixtures, there were victories for South Africa, Argentina, Scotland and Wales in their respective groups.

Here’s how all the action unfolded in each match.

Springboks score 10 tries against Canada

South Africa hammered Canada 66-7 at Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium.

The Springboks scored 10 tries in their emphatic 59-point victory, a result which guarantees them second place in Pool B.

Damian de Allende set the tone with a try in the second minute for Rassie Erasmus’ men, with Elton Jantjies duly converting.

Erasmus made 13 changes to the team, but this was a performance which demonstrated South Africa’s strength in depth.

S’busiso Nikosi went over in the corner for their second try in just the fifth minute, before Jacobus Reinach caught his own kick and crossed for try number three inside the 10 minute mark.

Jantjies converted, before Reinach notched his second try – and a bonus point – in the 17th minute.

Reinach raced clear from the half-way line to complete his hat-trick in just the 20th minute, with Jantjies adding conversion number four.

Warrick Gelant danced through for another Springboks try seven minutes later.

Things got even harder for Canada when Josh Larsen was sent off following a TMO review for a shoulder charge on South Africa’s Thomas Du Toit.

Francois Steyn recorded another South Africa try late in the first half, powering over the line from close range to give his nation a 47-0 lead at the interval.

14-man Canada scored the first try of the second half, with Matt Heaton drove over the line in the 45th minute.

Peter Nelson converted to reduce the deficit to 40 points.

South Africa registered try number eight in the 54th minute when Schalk Brits applied the finish to a well-worked try.

Damian Willemse added another in the 65th minute from a scrum, before Frans Malherbe grabbed the Springboks’ 10th try in the 72nd minute.

South Africa now have a quarter final to look forward to against the winners of Pool A.

Argentina go out on a high

Argentina ended their World Cup campaign with a 47-17 win over the USA at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.

The Pumas’ win over the Eagles sees them finish third in Pool C behind England and France, as well as qualify for the 2023 competition.

Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez opened the scoring with an 18th-minute try, touching down near the corner despite intense pressure from Mike Te’o.

Sanchez added the two points himself, and the South Americans scored a second try in the 24th minute.

Joaquin Tuculet ran on to a kick and grounded the ball to make it 10-0, with Sanchez converting once again.

Tuculet scored his second – and Argentina’s third – try in the 34th minute, but the USA recorded one of their own through Blaine Scully four minutes later.

Scully collected AJ MacGinty’s probing grubber kick to ensure the Eagles ended the half strongly.

Juan Mallia scored two tries in the first seven minutes of the second half for the Pumas, with Sanchez nailing both conversions to stretch his country’s lead.

Jeronimo De La Fuente scored try number six for Argentina in the 55th minute, grounding behind the whitewash after great approach play from the South Americans.

The USA’s second try came courtesy of Paul Lasike, who powered his way through the Argentinian defence, on the hour mark. McGinty converted.

With 10 minutes remaining, Gonzalo Bertranou bagged Argentina’s seventh try, before Scully’s second try for the USA in the dying moments.

The USA will face Pool C opponents Tonga on Sunday.

Scotland smash Russia to set up decider against Japan

Scotland hammered Russia 61-0 in Pool A to set up an intriguing clash against Japan.

The bonus-point win at Shizuoka Stadium means the Scots can reach the last eight of the tournament if they beat the host nation in their final pool match.

Gregor Townsend made 14 changes from the team which beat Samoa, with Darcy Graham the only player to keep his place.

After 12 scoreless minutes, Adam Hastings plundered two tries in four minutes for Scotland against their European opponents.

Hastings converted both of his own tries to make it 12-0 after 19 minutes, before George Horne made an interception from Dmitry Perov’s stray pass to register Scotland’s third try two minutes later.

Another conversion from Hastings left Russia trailing 21-0 at the interval.

A storming 60-metre run from Graham in the 44th minute led to try number four – and a bonus point – with Horne crossing for his second try.

George Turner crossed the whitewash for try number five in the 51st minute, with Tommy Seymour recording five more points five minutes later as the Scots ran riot.

Horne completed his hat-trick just before the hour mark, with a tired Russia simply unable to live with Townsend’s team.

Captain John Barclay added another try in the 75th minute, before Stuart McInally’s late try sealed a 61-0 win.

Scotland enter their final Pool A game against Japan in third place in the group, one point and one place beneath Ireland.

Wales reach last eight with win over Fiji

Wales booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 29-17 win over Fiji in Pool D.

Josh Adams scored a hat-trick of tries as Wales came from behind to secure a bonus-point victory at Oita Bank Dome.

Warren Gatland’s men now top the pool ahead of Australia.

Fiji made a superb start to the game, recording the first two tries of the match.

Josua Tuisova bulldozed his way through for a try in the fourth minute for the Pacific islanders shortly after a five-metre scrum.

Wales hooker Ken Owens was sent to the sin bin in the eighth minute for flipping Fiji’s Viliame Mata on his back.

A minute later, Fiji recorded their second try.

Kini Murimurivalu went over in the corner after great play from Semi Radradra, who produced his second successive man of the match performance.

Ben Volavola missed both conversions, and Fiji lock Tevita Cavubati was shown a yellow card for a shoulder charge in the 17th minute.

Wales made Fiji pay within a minute, with Adams crossing for his first try after a sublime kick from Dan Biggar.

Biggar converted to make it 10-7.

Adams went over down the right channel for his second try in the 31st minute, not long after Fiji flanker Semi Kunatani was sent to the sin bin.

Another Biggar conversion gave Wales a narrow 14-10 lead at the interval.

A forward pass in the buildup denied Radradra and Fiji a try early in the second half.

However, shortly after Wales’ James was shown a yellow card, the Pacific islanders were awarded a penalty try in the 54th minute after Wales collapsed the maul.

Rhys Patchell replaced Biggar – who had to be withdrawn after being on the receiving end of a huge hit – and split the posts with a penalty in the 58th minute to restore Wales’ lead.

Adams completed his hat-trick in the 61st minute, finishing in the corner after good work from Davies.

Liam Williams added another try with 10 minutes remaining after being set up by Gareth Davies, and added a conversion himself to make it 29-17.

The knockout stages beckon for Gatland’s men.