The sending off proved to be the sport’s huge turning level as Italy was trying to minimize the Springboks’ 14-point lead and wrestle its method again into the match.
However Lovotti’s problem on Vermeulen, selecting up the No. eight’s legs and driving his head into the bottom near the Springboks’ line, meant Italy’s tough process grew to become virtually insurmountable.
Teammate Nicola Quaglio was additionally concerned within the deal with however escaped with out punishment.
Tries from Mbongeni Mbonambi, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, RG Snyman, Malcolm Marx, and a brace from wing Cheslin Kolbe — who up to now has been one of many event’s star gamers — helped South Africa to an emphatic victory.
“I am destroyed actually for everyone as a result of we labored so exhausting,” mentioned Italy coach Conor O’Shea, whose gamers recorded sturdy wins over Canada and Namibia of their first two video games.
“It was 17-Three, we needed to hold in and do one thing and we get to the beginning of the second-half, we’re near the road and it is simply crass stupidity. Crass stupidity.
“You are right down to 14 males and I believed the boys fought valiantly however once you’re down numbers towards a terrific facet it is simply inconceivable.”
Kolbe shines for Springboks
Kolbe, who displayed his velocity in assault and aggression in protection all through the match, bought his first strive on 5 minutes when he confirmed good footwork to evade two tackles and go over within the nook.
Tommaso Allan responded instantly with a penalty for Italy however that proved to be the one factors of the sport for the Azzurri.
The match moved to uncontested scrums as Italy misplaced two tighthead props by means of accidents, however South Africa however maintained its bodily depth elsewhere on the pitch.
Hooker Mbonambi crossed off the again of a rolling maul shortly earlier than the half-hour mark to provide the Boks a 17-Three lead at halftime.
The sport wasn’t solely out of attain for Italy, however Lovotti’s second of insanity — the fourth purple card of the event up to now — sapped any sort of momentum from O’Shea’s facet.
Kolbe bought his second when he gathered a well-placed kick from Handre Pollard and minutes later Am crossed for South Africa after intercepting a Jake Polledri offload.
One other kick, this time from Willie Le Roux, arrange a strive for Mapimpi on 68 minutes and Snyman bought the sport’s sixth after Kolbe pressurized Matteo Minozzi into throwing a free cross in entrance of the Italian strive line.
With the match all however over, Marx scored from a maul to compound Italy’s woes. The one blemish for the Springboks was that Kolbe was compelled off injured at full time.
“I am actually happy with the boys, we have been working actually exhausting, it has been a troublesome couple of weeks however the best way we have regrouped … has been actually good.”
Parisse ‘actually dissatisfied’
The end result implies that Pool B will seemingly play out as most predicted with South Africa and New Zealand topping the group and Italy ending third in entrance of Canada and Namibia.
For Sergio Parisse, the Azzurri’s long-serving captain bidding to steer his nation to its first World Cup quarterfinal, it was a disappointing conclusion to his 142nd Take a look at — a milestone that places him second within the checklist of all-time worldwide appearances.
“In the present day we have been enjoying towards a really sturdy facet,” Parisse mentioned after the sport.
“We tried to come back again within the second half. We began properly however after the penalty and the purple card it was very, very tough. Properly completed Springboks, they actually deserved the victory right now.
“We’re actually dissatisfied now so we’ll try to go ahead into subsequent week towards the All Blacks and attempt to end the World Cup properly.”