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Thrilling win for Springboks

Matfield marks 100th Test appearance with victory

Posted Aug 30, 2010 by Weekend Round-Up

Victor Matfield

South Africa moved into second spot in the Tri-Nations table following a fantastically thrilling 44-31 victory over Australia on Saturday afternoon.

This match was always going to be exciting but for the home crowd they got the result and the performance they desired, despite seeing their side go 14 points down in only four minutes after quickfire tries from Will Genia and James O’Connor.

The Springboks rallied to get back to 24-28 at the break before a rousing final half an hour put them into a strong position and saw them claim their first victory of the competition.

Tries from Juan Smith, Steenkamp, Pierre Spies, Francois Steyn and JP Pieterson, along with two Morne Steyn penalties, a Francois Steyn penalty, four Morne Steyn conversions and a conversion from Butch James saw off the Aussies. For them, O’Connor added a second score with Mumm crossing with a Matt Giteau penaly and four Giteau penalties.

The result was a fitting way to mark the 100th Test appearance of Victor Matfield, especially as it was at his home ground.

Meanwhile, England’s women booked their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup with a six-try, 37-10 vicotry over the United States. They will play Australia in the last four.

The other semi-final pits defending champions and favourites New Zealand against France. The All Blacks beat Wales 41-8 on Saturday whilst the French overcame Canada 23-8 in their pool decider.

Elsewhere, The Championship started this weekend with some dominating displays from Bedford and Worcester laying down markers for everyone else.

Bedford thrashed Plymouth Albion 51-3 while Worcester eases home to a 48-3 win over Birmingham & Solihull.

Other results were Bristol 24 Rotherham Titans 26, Cornish Pirates 30 Doncaster 14, Nottingham 21 London Welsh 27, Moseley 17 Esher 29.

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