South Africa lay down marker ahead of potential Ireland crash with thumping win over Canada

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus refused to get carried away with his side’s prospects after securing their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

The Springboks reached the knock-out stages as they ran in 10 tries to thrash Canada 66-7 in their final Pool B fixture in Kobe on Tuesday.

They must now wait to see which side from Pool A – Japan, Ireland or Scotland – they face next.

Erasmus said on ITV: “The big thing is we have to see who we are going to play now in the quarter-final and we will only know that by Sunday. We will give the guys two days off and then Friday we will be back on the horse again.

“There is some stiff opposition but I think we have got a good chance, like everybody else. There are so many good teams in this tournament but, yes, I think we have got a chance.”

South Africa, despite making 13 changes, soon took charge against Canada with two tries in the opening five minutes. Northampton’s Cobus Reinach also claimed a first-half hat-trick while fly-half Elton Jantjies finished with 16 points from eight conversions.

Canada, who played more than half the game with 14 men after Josh Larsen was sent off, mustered just one consolation try through Matt Heaton.

Erasmus said: “Obviously it was a short turnaround for the guys and there were a lot of guys that hadn’t played for a while, so it was scrappy at stages, but I can’t moan about that.

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“Obviously they got a red card and that made it a bit easier for us, but overall not too bad.

“In this humidity sometimes you over-exaggerate the play but I thought we kept things fairly simple tonight, which was a good thing.”

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