Wellington - South Africa made it two wins out of
two in the defence of their Rugby World Cup crown with a comfortable 49-3
victory over a misfiring Fiji on Saturday.
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The Springboks showed a
steely grit, and no little flair, in dispatching a Fijian side that
started well but whose preferred ball-in-hand game crumbled badly the
longer they were unable to break the tough-as-teak South African
Led by their inspirational flanks Schalk Burger and
Heinrich Brussow and lock Danie Rossouw, the Boks effectively wrapped up
the game with 18 unopposed points in the final 20 minutes of the first
South Africa scored tries through outstanding centre Jaque
Fourie, Gurthro Steenkamp, Frans Steyn, Morne Steyn, Tendai Mtawarira
and Rossouw, allied with 14 points from Morne Steyn's boot and a Frans
Seremia Bai scored a sole penalty for Fiji, who had seen off Namibia 49-25 in their opening match.
enjoyed the lion's share of early possession, but despite a sustained
period of pressure could not break the patient Bok defence that refused
to overcommit numbers at the ruck and was quick to prevent the offload.
Africa, 17-16 victors over Wales in their first match, opened the
scoring against the run of play, centre Frans Steyn landing a belter of a
56-metre penalty in the 12th minute.
Bai levelled the score 10 minutes later after the Boks strayed offside as the Fijians camped out in their opponent's 22m area.
the high intensity of the opening quarter seemed to take it out of the
Fijians, and they slacked off in defence on a couple of occasions,
finally allowing prop Gurthro Steenkamp to bulldoze his way over the
line for a fine individual try.
Morne Steyn was successful with
the touchline conversion and nailed an easier penalty just minutes later
to stretch the scoreline to 13-3 with a palpable swing in momentum to
the South Africans.
A bullocking charge from prop Jannie du
Plessis set up quick ruck ball that was whipped cleanly left to Fourie,
the centre dotting down for a great try.
Morne Steyn missed the
conversion and a penalty shortly after, but sent Fiji into half-time
21-3 down with his second successful penalty.
South Africa opened the second half in complete control, Fourie and Brussow at the heart of all their attacks.
it was not long before Fiji wilted, Brussow showing great dexterity to
chip the Fijian defence at full pace, the ball landing kindly for Frans
Steyn to touch down for a try namesake Morne converted.
Steyn was then on hand to collect a smart Burger offload to crash
through Fiji centre Gaby Lovobalavu for a try to which he also added the
There was more to come from an impressive looking
Springbok side, Mtawarira grabbing his first Test try after Frans Steyn
had broken the midfield defence and popped up the ball as he was tackled
on the line.
Rossouw also crossed for a deserved try late in the game as the Fiji team unravelled.Teams
15 Pat Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jaque
Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie Du
Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Danie
Rossouw 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie Du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1
Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis 17 Tendai
Mtawarira 18 Francois Louw 19 Willem Alberts 20 Fancois Hougaard 21 Ruan
Pienaar 22 Juan de Jongh
15 Kini Murimurivalu,
14 Vereniki Goneva, 13 Gaby Lovobalavu, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Naipolioni
Nalaga, 10 Waisea Sedre Luveniyali, 9 Nemia Kenatale, 8 Sakiusa
Matadigo, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Dominiko Maiwiriwiri Waqaniburotu, 5 Wame
Lewaravu, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Deacon Manu (captain), 2 Sunia Koto, 1
Substitutes: 16 Telemaitoga Dautu Tuapati, 17
Waisea Nailago, 18 Netani Edward Talei, 19 Sisa Koyamaibole, 20 Vitori
Tomu Buatava, 21 Nicky Little, 22 Gaby Lovobalavu
Springbok Jaque Fourie scores a try as he is tackled
by Gaby Lovobalavu of Fiji during their 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match
at the Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington. (AFP)