RG Snyman put his massive hand up for the world’s most skilful second-rower title in the Springboks’ 66-7 crushing of Canada in their Rugby World Cup Pool B clash in Kobe on Tuesday, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.
Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach was outstanding as he created history by scoring the fastest hat-trick in World Cup history in 11 electrifying minutes. On any other night, and perhaps had he not have been limited to 51 minutes, Reinach would’ve walked away with the Man of the Match award.
For his sublime 80-minute showing, however, Snyman was the deserved winner of this distinction. Like the man himself, his performance was colossal. Uncannily powerful AND graceful, the skilful skyscraper cut the Canucks to pieces. Both of his brilliant breaks led to tries, Damian de Allende’s walk-in after just two minutes and Reinach’s second score in the 17th minute.
His ability to not only offload but his understanding of when to do so and when to go to ground instead is up there with the master of the art, All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams.
He’s perfected the skill to such a degree that he’s South African rugby’s undisputed king of the offload; he proved as much with a third-highest 23 such flick-offs for the Bulls in this year’s Super Rugby tournament and popped a few pearlers to support runners in Tuesday’s 59-point rout.