CAPE TOWN – There were 25 fabulous minutes from the Springboks against Canada yesterday. The Boks played like the world’s best team pitted against the world’s worst. It was everything you expect when the number one side plays the team at the bottom.
The Boks were magnificent. Everything was done with pace and precision. Everything had a result. The Boks had the bonus point four-tries within 20 minutes. As politically incorrect as this will read, it was like taking candy from a child or clubbing baby seals. It was as awe-inspiring for the Boks as it was awful for Canada.
The four tries were soon 47 points at halftime. The Boks were going at a point a minute and Canada were down to 14 players for the second half minutes.
Now for some perspective:
Canada, hopeless at this World Cup and comfortably the weakest team, had taken 40-plus points from an Italian side that couldn’t win a match in the Six Nations. They didn’t score a point against the All Blacks but conceded 63, and against the Boks they rested the core of what they considered their best team so as to have a chance to beat Namibia.