Reinach storms into Rugby World Cup his­tory

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HARD to be­lieve one could make his­tory at the Rugby World Cup and not know about it, but that’s what Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach did against Canada at the Kobe Misaki Sta­dium on Tues­day.

Reinach, 29, scored the quick­est try hat-trick by an in­di­vid­ual at a World Cup when he needed just 20 min­utes to cross the white­wash thrice in a 66-7 vic­tory for the Boks.

The bonus-point win se­cured a quar­ter-fi­nal spot for South Africa, and also re­minded Bok coach Rassie Eras­mus of Reinach’s tal­ent.

The No 9, who was left out of the Boks’ World Cup squad in 2015, made up for lost time with a classy dis­play against the Cana­di­ans.

“I was just happy with the tries, I was try­ing to get my heart rate down so I wasn’t count­ing any­thing,” he said.

Eras­mus added: “Ev­ery­body knows Cobus’ X-fac­tor. The mo­ment he sniffs some space, he’s got ex­cep­tional speed.”

Cobus Reinach

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