#RWC10: Boks sweep away USA ahead of quarter-final

Looking back to 2007 World Cup, the Springboks took an early lead against the USA in the first half of the quarter-final.

FILE: Bryan Habana at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Picture: Twitter @rugbyworldcup.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa ran in nine tries to win 64-15 against the spirited USA in their final Pool A match during the quarter-final of the 2007 World Cup.

The Springboks took an early lead in the first half as Schalk Burger crashed over the try line to mark his return from suspension and Percy Montgomery reclaimed his spot at the top of the scorers' chart by adding the extra two.

With the score at 10-3, the USA went down to 14 men and Frans Steyn took advantage with a try on 28 minutes. The deadly Bryan Habana extended the lead with scoring the Boks third try.

In what will be the most memorable moment of the match, USA wing Takudzwa Ngwenya outpaced Habana down the right flank to finish off a superb passage of play by the underdogs.

Habana then got a consolatory try after the Ngwenya magic, as he strolled over the line for the Boks fourth. Soon after that substitute prop CJ van der Linde shrugged off three tacklers to cross the try line.

USA fullback Chris Wyles got his sides second try, scoring despite attempts by the Springbok backs to stop him.

South Africa flexed their muscles and show why they were Pool A winners. Fourie du Preez produced a beautiful dummy pass before scoring, Montgomery converted and made the score 43-15.

On the hour mark, an attractive South African move was finished off by centre Jacque Fourie but trailing by a substantial amount, USA to their credit did not give up but failed to score.

Fourie rubbed in the salt in the Eagles’ wounds as he scored a late second try and then Juan Smith went over to cap another satisfactory evening for the Springboks before the knockout stages.