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Springboks romp to convincing victory against Namibians

AFP , CAPE TOWN

South Africa kicked off their World Cup build-up in emphatic style when they romped to a 105-13 victory over Namibia at Newlands Stadium on Wednesday.

The Boks ran in 15 tries with full-back Percy Montgomery setting a new South African record for points in a match.

The veteran full-back kicked 12 conversions, two penalties and crossed for a try for a total of 35 points, one better than Jannie de Beer, who scored 34 points against England in the World Cup quarter-final in Wales in 1999.

It was also the Boks' second biggest win after their 134-3 victory over Uruguay in East London in 2005.

Bok captain for the day, Victor Matfield, was naturally a satisfied man afterwards.

"I thought we played well, especially the loose forwards, but we've still got a lot of work ahead of us," Matfield said.

"I wasn't happy with the fact we lost so much ball in the contact situation. But now we go on tour and face Scotland next weekend which will give us a good indication of our readiness," he said.

Jake White's men led 44-7 at the break after first half tries to Jean de Villiers, Juan Smith, JP Pietersen, Schalk Burger and Jaque Fourie. Loose forward Smith ended up with three touchdowns, as did Burger.

A further nine tries were scored by the Boks in the second half as they dominated proceedings throughout the 80 minutes.

Matters, however, did not start well for the home side.

While Montgomery got the Boks on the board with two early penalties, it was the visitors from Namibia who scored the first try.

Winger Bradley Langenhoven intercepted a Butch James pass with the Boks camping on the Namibian 22m line and he ran all of 80m to get his team on the board.

Emile Wessels converted to put his side 7-6 up, but the Namibians wouldn't get a sniff at another try as the home team ran riot.

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