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Boks romp to victory as Wallabies suffer in Perth

WINGER Bryan Habana crossed twice as South Africa outclassed Australia in a 32-25 bonus-point victory in Perth yesterday which tightened its grip on the Tri-Nations title.
The unbeaten South Africans dominated from the start and scored three unanswered tries in the first half, helped by a rash of handling errors from the Wallabies.
The Springboks led 22-3 before Australia flyhalf Matt Giteau reduced the margin to nine points with a penalty goal just before halftime and a converted try three minutes after.
But Habana secured the bonus point and sealed the result in the 54th minute when he crossed untouched following a well-worked decoy play from a scrum for the Springboks' fourth try.
The Australians scored two tries in the last five minutes, including Lachie Turner's right on full time, to get within seven points and earn a bonus point.
South Africa scrumhalf Fourie du Preez opened the scoring five minutes in the game when he caught the Australians napping with a simple quick tap and go. Five minutes later, outside center Jaque Fourie strolled through a gaping hole untouched after a perfectly-executed backline move off the scrum.
The South Africans lead the Tri-Nations competition with 17 points from four wins, including two at home against the All Blacks and home-and-away wins over the Wallabies.
The All Blacks have eight points from two wins and Australia is out of contention with just three points from four losses.
The South Africans will clinch the title unless they lose their last two matches without picking up a bonus point and New Zealand has two bonus-point victories.


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