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Aug 17, 2013

South Africa in nine try romp as Argentina wilt

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A nine try romp ensured for South Africa an easier than expected start to the Rugby Championship as they overwhelmed Argentina 73-13 at Soccer City on Saturday.

South Africa bettered the competition record for the biggest winning margin and also their own 16-year-old mark for the most points scored in a match in a strong statement of their potential for the four-nation, southern hemisphere competition.

Aug 17, 2013

Rugby-South Africa in nine try romp as Argentina wilt

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 17 (Reuters) – A nine try romp ensured for South Africa an easier than expected start to the Rugby Championship as they overwhelmed Argentina 73-13 at Soccer City on Saturday.

South Africa bettered the competition record for the biggest winning margin and also their own 16-year-old mark for the most points scored in a match in a strong statement of their potential for the four-nation, southern hemisphere competition.

Aug 16, 2013

Soccer-Unique double bill may expose South Africa’s fault lines

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 15 (Reuters) – South Africa host back-to-back rugby and soccer internationals in the same stadium on Saturday in tribute to Nelson Mandela but the unique event looks set to highlight, and not heal, the nation’s divisions.

South Africa’s soccer team, Bafana Bafana, play a friendly against Burkina Faso at Soccer City, which hosted the 2010 World Cup final, followed by the Rugby Championship test between the Springboks and Argentina’s Pumas.

Aug 16, 2013

Springboks need foreign-based players, says De Villiers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa captain Jean de Villiers said the national team cannot afford to discard foreign-based players if they want to compete at the highest level.

An exodus of talent to England, France and Japan in recent weeks has struck an emotive chord in a country that prides itself on the strength of its domestic competition, leading to a heated debate over calling up foreign-based players.

Aug 16, 2013

Rugby-Springboks need foreign-based players, says De Villiers

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 16 (Reuters) – South Africa captain Jean de Villiers said the national team cannot afford to discard foreign-based players if they want to compete at the highest level.

An exodus of talent to England, France and Japan in recent weeks has struck an emotive chord in a country that prides itself on the strength of its domestic competition, leading to a heated debate over calling up foreign-based players.

Aug 15, 2013

Springboks start favourites but wary of Puma threat

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa are favourites to get their Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start against Argentina at Soccer City on Saturday but they are wary of the growing threat posed by the Pumas.

It is only Argentina’s second year in the four-nation, southern hemisphere championship but already they have shown their competitive capability against the Springboks, New Zealand and Australia.

Aug 15, 2013

Rugby-Springboks start favourites but wary of Puma threat

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 15 (Reuters) – South Africa are favourites to get their Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start against Argentina at Soccer City on Saturday but they are wary of the growing threat posed by the Pumas.

It is only Argentina’s second year in the four-nation, southern hemisphere championship but already they have shown their competitive capability against the Springboks, New Zealand and Australia.

Aug 14, 2013

Nwafor double earns Nigeria victory in South Africa

DURBAN (Reuters) – Uche Nwafor scored two second-half goals to earn Nigeria a comfortable 2-0 win over hosts South Africa in a friendly international at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.

Nigeria were back in the country where they won the African Nations Cup this year and Dutch-based striker Nwafor, playing only his second international, scored with an audacious back heel to give the visitors the lead in the 49th minute.

Aug 14, 2013

Soccer-Nwafor double earns Nigeria victory in South Africa

DURBAN, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Uche Nwafor scored two second- half goals to earn Nigeria a comfortable 2-0 win over hosts South Africa in a friendly international at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.

Nigeria were back in the country where they won the African Nations Cup this year and Dutch-based striker Nwafor, playing only his second international, scored with an audacious back heel to give the visitors the lead in the 49th minute.

Aug 14, 2013

Exciting backline adds new dimension to Springbok challenge

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa, for so long synonymous with an attritional rugby, are looking to an exciting backline to bring a different dimension to their play in the Rugby Championship.

Exhibitions of flair-filled, free-flowing rugby in three June tests have encouraged hopes that South Africa have a strong chance of success in the four-nation competition, starting with the weekend’s opening test at home to Argentina in Johannesburg.