Boks keep knockout hopes up with bonus point win

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Boks keep knockout hopes up with bonus point win

South Africa's centre Canan Moodie (l) celebrates with South Africa's scrum-half Cobus Reinach (R) after scoring a try during the France 2023 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Tonga at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, south-eastern France, on October 1, 2023. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

The Springboks secured a crucial bonus point their route to a seven-try 49-18 victory against Tonga in their final pool B Rugby World Cup game on Sunday night in Marseilles, putting them one step closer to the quarterfinals with one week to go.

The reigning champions will advance unless an improbable set of events occurs, such as a three-way tie with Ireland and Scotland and a points differential swing. In Marseille, the Springboks scored seven tries against a tenacious Tongan side.

South Africa earned a bonus-point 49-18 win over Tonga and will now eagerly await Ireland’s match with Scotland on Saturday to discover their fate in the Rugby World Cup.

The Springboks have done everything they can to recover from their loss to Ireland by defeating a gritty Tongan side who had plenty of possession but behind 21-8 at half-time.

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