Billed as the ‘African Derby’ there was only ever going to be one winner - the men in white. Photo: Steve Haag Sports / Hollywoodbets

TOYOTA CITY – South Africa's electric wing Makazole Mapimpi scored two tries as they eased to a nine-try 57-3 win over neighbours Namibia, but it was a far from polished performance in their Rugby World Cup Pool B clash at the City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday.

Billed the ‘African Derby’, there was only ever going to be one winner despite what Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus termed his ‘fringe’ selection, and minnows Namibia simply could not cope with the physicality of the South Africans.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi (two), loose-forwards Francois Louw, Schalk Brits and Siya Kolisi, full-back Warrick Gelant and centre Lukhanyo Am also crossed for tries, but there was a lack of cohesion and, at times, quality to the Bok play that will be a worry for Erasmus.

Elton Jantjies during the official team photo-session. Photo: Steve Haag Sports / Hollywoodbets

Scorers in this match: 

South Africa 57 (31): 

Tries: Bongi Mbonambi (2), Francois Louw, Makazole Mapimpi (2), Lukhanyo Am, Warrick Gelant, Siya Kolisi, Schalk Brits. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (6)

Namibia 3 (3): 

Penalty: Cliven Loubser 

They are next in action on Friday against Italy in a crucial match in Fukuroi City that should decide second place in the pool, while Namibia face the even more daunting prospect of meeting New Zealand in Tokyo on Oct. 6. 

Reuters