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Springboks finish Take a look at drought with win



South Africa have returned after a 20-month absence to beat Georgia 40-9 at Loftus Versfeld, marking their first Take a look at since profitable the 2019 World Cup.

The match on Friday was the primary of two warm-up internationals towards the Georgians in preparation for the three-Take a look at collection towards the British and Irish Lions later this month.

The house aspect led 19-9 at halftime and outscored the guests six tries to nil however confirmed the consequences of their lengthy absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They struggled to get rhythm to their play, gave away many penalties and have been sloppy at occasions in a contest punctuated by frequent stops.

The Boks have been outmuscled within the first scrum, permitting Georgia to go forward with a penalty however that proved to be one of many few highlights for the vacationers.

The hosts scored the primary strive when debutant Aphelele Fassi streaked away together with his first contact of the ball after 5 minutes.

A pushover strive from Bongi Mbonambi and dart to the road by scrumhalf Cobus Reinach added to the first-half rating.

Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies and Malcolm Marx crossed for second half tries whereas Handre Pollard kicked 4 conversions and his substitute Elton Jantjies one other.

Georgia’s factors all got here from penalties kicked by Tedo Abzhandadze however they didn’t rating within the final 55 minutes.

South Africa’s first Take a look at towards the Lions is on July 24 at Cape City.

© AAP

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