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Springboks edge out Wallabies

Second-half tries from Frans Steyn and JP Pietersen helped South Africa come from behind to end a four-match losing streak with a 44-31 victory over Australia in Pretoria.

The game, which marked the 100th cap of veteran lock and vice-captain Victor Matfield on his home ground Loftus Versfeld, saw the Springboks fall behind 14-0 inside five minutes after converted tries by Will Genia and James O'Connor.

Juan Smith and Gurthro Steenkamp then cut the lead either side of a second O'Connor effort, before Dean Mumm and Pierre Spies exchanged tries to hand the visitors a 28-24 half-time lead. But Robbie Deans' side could only manage three points after the break as Racing Metro full-back Steyn and winger Pietersen crossed to seal a hard-fought win.


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