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Springboks dominate in the first half

The Springboks had the better half in Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies.

Springbok Ruan Pienaar converts a try during the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool D match Namibia vs South Africa in Auckland on 22 September 2011.  Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The Springboks definitely had the better half in Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test - with fierce attacking rugby on show from Heyneke Meyer’s men .  

After two missed penalty opportunities from Johan Goosen, interestingly enough, the kicking duties were passed onto Ruan Pienaar.

Pienaar kicked South Africa’s first conversion after Zane Kirchner crossed the white wash in the 23rd minute and again when Bryan Habana dotted down in the 31st - giving the Boks a 14 nil lead. 

Kurtley Beale got the Wallabies on the board with a penalty five minutes before half-time, to reduce the deficit to 9 points.

A foot in touch denied Kirchner his second try of the match late in the half as the Boks headed into the change-room 14-3 up. 

The game continues at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria.