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Smit satisfied with display

South Africa captain John Smit hailed a "quality" first-half display after seeing his side's power game dismantle Fiji 49-3 in their World Cup Pool D clash in Wellington.

Tries from Gurthro Steenkamp, Jaque Fourie, Francois Steyn, Morne Steyn, Tendai Mtawarira and man-of-the-match Danie Rossouw sealed the bonus point success for Peter de Villiers' side, which put them top of the group, with Morne Steyn booting 16 points for a personal haul of 21.

The groundwork was laid by an opening 40 minutes that yielded a 21-3 lead and Smit told the tournament website: "We had some work to do and we put in a quality first 40 (minutes). It was what we needed and I'm happy to keep a team like Fiji off our try-line."

But coach De Villiers warned his side that they still have to step up their efforts if they are to defend their crown.

He told reporters: "Fiji dominated the first 20 minutes and we missed five or six tackles that gave them momentum in the game.

"We can't allow that going forward. We pride ourselves on our defence and it worked pretty well in our favour but we must be ruthless on defence."

Fiji had run the Springboks close in their quarter-final meeting four years ago and had high hopes of doing so again, but they were comprehensively outmuscled and captain Deacon Manu acknowledged they had had no answer to the world champions.

He said: "It was a difficult game today and South Africa showed why they are world champions.

"They played with intensity for 80 minutes and it was a difficult old time for us."


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