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Rugby, Australian Football: Springboks crush Wales

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posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 01:35 PM
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South Africa produced a powerful display against Wales to record a comprehensive victory at Loftus Versfeld.

The tourists kept in touch with the Springboks until midway through the first half but they then eased clear thanks to tries through captain John Smit, Brent Russell and winger Breyton Paulse while Percy Montgomery was on fine form with the boot.

The second half was more of the same as the home side ran in four more tries although the plucky Welsh were rewarded for their efforts on the final whistle when Shane Williams touched down in the corner.

The Boks went into today's match unchanged from last week's victory over Ireland - while Wales had lost number eight Michael Owen with a back spasm. His place was taken by Alix Popham.

Former president Nelson Mandela was in the crowd, attending his first Springboks game since the 1995 World Cup final.

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