South Africa quickly acclimatised to Europe
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South Africa quickly acclimatised to Europe

This first meeting in the Northern Hemisphere, three weeks before they entered the tournament, marked the grand return of emblematic captain Siya Kolisi.

Less than four months after undergoing knee surgery, the future Racing 92 player quickly calmed his form by providing from the 4th minute, with a good pass after contact, the first try for hooker Malcolm Marx (4th).

The third line was taken out as a precaution at half-time, which the Springboks reached with an already decisive lead (24-9) after three new tries.

Archi-dominant in the scrum and on the ball carried, their usual strengths, they also offered some good sequences of play, with a very long-legged Cheslin Kolbe.

The reigning world champions added four tries in the second half, with two braces for winger Canan Moddie and center Jesse Kriel.

Only (minor) minus: the lack of success against the sticks for opener Manie Libbok (5 off 9) as South Africa search for a top scorer in the absence of Handré Pollard, injured.

The Welsh, without most of their leaders, salvaged honors late in the game thanks to substitute hooker Sam Parry.

But two days before the announcement of the 33-man squad for the World Cup, they finished their preparations without much certainty after a win (20-9) and a loss (19-17) against England.

The Springboks will still be eligible for a trial run next Friday at Twickenham against an undoubtedly much tougher opponent: New Zealand.

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