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HALF TIME: Boks take slender 7-6 lead

The Springboks have taken a 7-6 lead into half time against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship.

FILE. The Springboks have taken a 7-6 lead into half time against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The Springboks have taken a slender 7-6 lead into half time against the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship match in Wellington.

Cornal Hendricks scored the only try of the first half in the 16th minute, after good interplay between the Boks back-line.

Hendricks's try was sandwiched by two Aaron Cruden penalties in the 11th and 24th minutes.

A blow to South Africa was an injury to Ruan Pienaar just before halftime, which saw Francois Hougaard come on for the Springboks at scrumhalf to earn his 30th cap.

Cruden missed the chance to put the home side in front at halftime when he put a penalty attempt wide after the half time hooter.

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