Rugby World Cup 2023 – The South Africa barometer – Romania: Cobus Reinach led by example, Makazole Mapimpi finished the job

In a one-sided encounter (76-0), South Africa was greatly helped by the talent of Cobus Reinach, who scored a hat-trick in 25 minutes, while Makazole Mapimpi, also the author of three tries, increased the score. Opposite, the Romanian captain, Cristian Chirica, tried to set an example, while the fly-half Hinckley Vaovasa struggled.

The tops

Cobus Reinach

Absent from the match sheet last week, during the confrontation against Scotland won by the Boks 18-3, Cobus Reinach began his World Cup this afternoon in Bordeaux. The least we can say? This is because the Montpellier player had an impact on the match, since he scored three tries. He unlocked his counter after only three minutes of play, by packing in on the short side, in a scrum fifteen meters from the opposing goal. He did it again seven minutes later on a recovery ball, playing well around a ruck to score a double. The third try arrived shortly before the half-hour mark (24th), in a scrum five meters from the opposing goal with a Romanian introduction, and during which the South African pack took the upper hand. Reinach then grabbed the ball to dive into the goal.

Marco Van Staden

The flanker, who came on for a quarter of an hour last Sunday against Scotland, performed very well in Gironde. He carried the ball a lot in the opposing defense (12 races, 62 meters covered) and his physical density was valuable. The Bulls player is also at the origin of Williams’ first try (55th), since it is he who serves his three-quarter wing with a nice cross after a touch.

Makazole Mapimpi

Author of a hat-trick, the South African winger made every good effort. First, in the first period, he finished an action, at the end of the line, after a cross with Willie Le Roux, who had been well served by a nice pass from Damian Willemse (7th). In the second half, he gave himself a magnificent try after an overflowing frame on Gabriel Pop and a 70-meter run (64th). Finally, three minutes later, he was well overtaken by Willie Le Roux, also the author of a good match, since the full-back was twice a passer and once a scorer.

Cristian Chirica

It’s an understatement to say that Romania had a difficult match on Sunday afternoon. Dominated head and shoulders, the “Oaks” were never able to compete with Jacques Nienaber’s players. Nevertheless, the Romanians played with their weapons, and we will remember from this match that captain Cristian Chirica rather led by example. He often carried the ball with several powerful charges to challenge the opposing wall. Current RC Hyères player Carqueiranne La Crau was also active in defense (10 tackles, second best total behind Adrian Motoc, 13)

Les flops

Ovidiu Cojocaru

Generous in the fight, the hooker had difficulty in the touchline sector. He had all the difficulty in the world finding solutions against the excellent South African counterattack. Indeed, Marvin Orie (21st, 34th) and Jean Kleyn (22nd, 33rd) stole four balls on his throws. There was also an incorrect throw (27th).

Hinckley News

Author of a good performance last week against Ireland, the number ten had more difficulty against South Africa. He started the game very badly with a ball directly hit into touch in the first action of the match. He was also penalized (7th) for a foul in a ruck. Oppressed by the good defensive climbs of the South Africans, he never knew how to really put his team forward, and when he managed to find a gap in the defense (46th), he wanted to attempt an impossible pass and lost the ball.

Canan Moodie

The South African center was not the most inspired player on his team. In attack, he harvested several opportunities, like this breakthrough (58th) where he did not serve Jaden Hendrikse, although alone. There was also a kicking game to follow (73rd) without much interest, while his team had the ball in the opposing camp. Moodie also experienced waste in defense with four missed tackles, for four successful ones.

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