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Boks bounce back in PE

Morne Steyn returned to kick South Africa to an 18-5 success against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth - their first win of this year's Tri-Nations.

Steyn scored all of his side's points as the All Blacks, who sorely missed rested fly-half Dan Carter, could only respond through an unconverted Richard Kahui try.

South Africa's success, which offered a timely boost ahead of their World Cup defence next month, ensured a winner-takes-all ending to the Tri-Nations next weekend when the All Blacks meet Australia in Brisbane.

Steyn was recalled at half-back in place of Butch James and immediately proved his worth with a superb kicking display that helped the world champions open up a 15-0 lead after 30 minutes that proved decisive.

An under-strength All Blacks were without the likes of Carter as well as captain Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina but enjoyed more possession and territory in the opening half.

Steyn's boot, however, plus some bruising home defence, ensured the hosts took control on the scoreboard.

Without Carter the All Blacks lacked the cutting edge to make good use of their dominance and his replacement Colin Slade, making his second start, had to play second fiddle to his opposite number Steyn.

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