Rugby Union: Blacks are tight in loose

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NEW ZEALAND overcame an indifferent start to beat Orange Free State in an ill-tempered match in Bloemfontein yesterday.

The home side, one of the top four provinces in South Africa, had the best of the first half and led 11-10 at the interval after running in the first try conceded by the tourists on the tour.

However, as the second half wore on, the superior fitness of the All Blacks told and they dominated the loose with a superb display of mauling.

The All Blacks scored their first try after 30 minutes when wing Va'aiga Tuigamala burst through Free State's defence. He handed on to Andy Earl, who went over under the posts with most of the pack helping him on.

After going behind just before the break from Helgard Muller's try, the All Blacks recovered immediately after the break, lock forward Blair Larsen storming through the opposing forwards to set up a try for Jones. They sealed victory with two tries in the last 10 minutes after errors by the full- back, Eben von Gericke.

ORANGE FREE STATE: E von Gericke; H Truter, B Venter, H Muller, C Badenhorst; J de Beer, H Martens; J Styger, A Bester, P Bester, C van Tonder, R Opperman, D van Zyl, R Kruger, P Human (capt). Replacements: J Jonker for Venter, 55; B Ludik for de Beer, 40.

NEW ZEALAND: M Cooper; V Tuigamala, W Little, F Bunce, E Rush; S Bachop, J Preston; S McDowell, G Dowd, G Purvis, A Earl, I Jones (capt), B Larsen, D Seymour, A Pene. Replacement: M Ellis for Tuigamala, 36.

Australia are determined to press ahead with their tour of South Africa despite political unrest in the Republic and the reservations of their captain, Nick Farr-Jones.

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