South Africa flattered in warm-up match
June 7, 2014
Craig Burden of the World XV on the attack
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South Africa warmed up for two June Tests against Wales by comfortably beating a World XV in Cape Town, but they were held for much of the first half by the invitational side before stepping on the gas after the break.
Lock Alistair Hargreaves scored an early World XV try and James O'Connor kicked the rest of their points. But scores by Bryan Habana and Toulon club-mate Bakkies Botha helped the hosts to an 18-13 lead at the break. South Africa looked vulnerable in the scrum and were pinned in their own half despite having the lead.
Hooker Bismark du Plessis then twice went over along with Johan Goosen and Willie le Roux while Morne Steyn and Goosen kicked a total of 15 points to give the scoreline a flattering look.
South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer warned his side they needed to up their game when they host Wales in Durban on Saturday.
"Wales will be well prepared," Meyer said. "They are a quality side with big backs which will give them go forward ball. They also played together in the Six Nations, while we are just starting out.
"This match was important to us, because we have to play together as a team to become better. I believe we are a very dangerous team when we play with quick ball and that was something that I was unhappy about at the break. I had some harsh words for the players about the penalties conceded in the first half.
"In the second half we applied ourselves better at the breakdown and we scored some very good tries. To score six tries against a side with the quality of this World XV is very pleasing."
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