Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Fiji defeat puts Springboks top

Francois Steyn

South Africa's power game proved too much for Fiji as the reigning world champions ran in six tries in a 49-3 victory to go top of Pool D with an impressive display in Wellington.

South Africa had been off the pace in edging Wales in their opener, but they looked a different proposition here as their typically direct running and well-organised defence sapped the life out of the South Sea Islanders.

Tries from Gurthro Steenkamp, Jaque Fourie, Francois Steyn, Morne Steyn, Tendai Mtawarira and Danie Rossouw sealed a comfortable success, with Morne Steyn contributing 16 points with his boot for a personal haul of 21. Fiji's only score came courtesy of a first-half penalty from Seremaia Bai.

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