Cobus Reinach double helps Montpellier to victory in front of touring Springboks

Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach scored twice in front of his Test team-mates as Montpellier beat Racing 92 in the French Top 14.

Cobus Reinach double helps Montpellier to victory in front of touring Springboks

Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach scored twice in front of his Test team-mates as Montpellier enjoyed a 32-21 win over Racing 92 in the French Top 14 on Saturday.

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The Springboks are in France for the next week to avoid a coronavirus quarantine in Britain before facing Wales on November 6.

The likes of 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi and head coach Jacques Nienaber watched from the La Defense Arena stands as Reinach staked his claim for a starting berth next month with regular scrumhalf Faf de Klerk missing through injury.

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“Cobus came back to bring his experience,” Montpellier coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

“He was also playing in front of his coach and he scores two tries,” he added.

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The Springboks also head to Scotland on November 13 before travelling to England a week later in a re-run of the 2019 World Cup final.

Cobus Reinach, 31, who will join up with the Springboks before the trip to Cardiff, opened the scoring after five minutes, diving over from short range.

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His club and international team-mate Handre Pollard started at centre for the first time since May 2018 and kicked a 55m penalty goal.

The former Northampton Saints halfback completed his double just before the interval with a superb 80m effort where he outsprinted Argentina winger Juan Imhoff after having ripped possession from Racing’s No. 8 Yoan Tanga.

Pollard, who suffered a serious knee injury on the same pitch in September 2020, failed to repeat his first half exploit as he missed a long-range penalty with 10 minutes to play but Montpellier held on to move up to seventh in the table. 

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All Blacks crush USA to get northern hemisphere tour off to winning start

The All Blacks overwhelmed the United States to get their five-match northern hemisphere tour off to the perfect start.

All Blacks crush USA to get northern hemisphere tour off to winning start

Will Jordan scored three tries as the All Blacks overwhelmed the United States 104-14 on Saturday to launch a five-match northern hemisphere tour.

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A dazzling masterclass of passing and flair by the All Blacks humbled the outmatched Eagles, who nevertheless managed their first-ever tries against New Zealand despite dropping their most lopsided of four blowout defeats in the all-time rivalry.

The match at FedEx Field, home of the NFL’s Washington Football Team, set the stage for the All Blacks’ visit to Wales next Saturday followed by November stops at Italy, Ireland and France.

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The All Blacks were coming off a loss to South Africa three weeks ago that denied them an unbeaten run in the Rugby Championship while the Eagles suffered a World Cup qualifying loss to Uruguay two weeks ago.

New Zealand coach Ian Foster provided players who saw little action in the Rugby Championship a chance to show their skills ahead of European matches.

Sam Whitelock, who missed later Rugby Championship matches in Australia, took over captain’s duties for the All Blacks with long-term captain Sam Cane returning in the second half after recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.

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Moments after fans cheered the All Blacks performing the Haka, they watched New Zealand flanker Luke Jacobson score the first try only seconds into the match, taking the third pass of the day to complete a run down the left.

Prop Ethan de Groot, making his first All Blacks start, followed with a try in the sixth minute.

Jordan scored his first try in the 10th minute, kicking down the right wing over Will Hooley and racing around him to recover the ball before making the final four strides to the try line.

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Damian McKenzie took Quinn Tupaea’s offload on a breakaway for a try in the 13th minute and Richie Mo’unga’s third conversion made it 26-0.

Jacobson’s second try came off a quick pass from Jordan in the 20th minute and Mo’unga scored on a superb run in the 25th minute then converted for a 40-0 New Zealand lead.

Jordan’s second try came down the right wing in the 29th minute, Angus Ta’avao added another in the 33rd and Tupaea scored the ninth Kiwi try in the 37th.

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But the Americans celebrated at the end of the first half as Nate Augspurger broke free, evaded McKenzie and raced over the line for the first US try against the All Blacks, kneeling and raising his arms skyward as the Eagles pulled within 59-7.

Ta’avao scored his second try seconds into the second half and Dalton Papalii added another in the 48th minute.

Eagles winger Ryan Matyas scored another US try in the 53rd minute, his grounding on the line withstanding video review, only for All Blacks reserve Anton Lienert-Brown to score a try in response in the 55th minute for a 78-14 lead.

Beauden Barrett came off the All Blacks bench and scored in the 67th minute as New Zealand took its largest lead ever over the Americans at 85-14.

Jordan added his third try in the 69th minute and reserve Dane Coles scored on a cutback run in the 79th minute and T.J. Perenara scored the 16th and final All Blacks try after 81 minutes.

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