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Springboks make winning start under new coach Meyer

South Africa won a 22-17 victory over England in the first test in Durban on Saturday.

Jean de Villiers tries to score a try and avoids a tacke by England’s Mike Brown during the 1st match between South Africa and England at Kings Park Stadium on 9 June. Picture: AFP.
Springboks,Heyneke Meyer,Jean de Villiers,England rugby team,Flyhalf Morne Steyn
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DURBAN - South Africa gave a winning start to new coach Heyneke Meyer with a 22-17 victory over England in the first test in Durban on Saturday.

The Springboks turned in a dominant second-half performance with flyhalf Morne Steyn and new captain Jean de Villiers crossing for tries after Steyn and his opposite Owen Farrell had traded penalties to send the teams into the break locked at 6-6.

South Africa took control of the match after the resumption and, while winger Ben Foden scored a consolation try for England with time up on the clock, the final result was never in doubt.

The victory was South Africa's eighth successive over England and gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.
The second test is scheduled for Johannesburg next weekend. 

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