Rugby Union: S Africa beat champions

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The Independent Online
THE SPRINGBOK captain Francois Pienaar led his team to a 19-12 victory over the world champion Wallabies in Sydney yesterday.

Taking a 1-0 lead in the three- Test series, South Africa matched the Australian forwards and ran out deserving winners by three tries to nil. 'It was an emotional win,' Pienaar, who required seven stitches in a head wound, said.

The right wing James Small scored two of the tourists' tries, the second clinching victory with six minutes left when he outpaced his marker to reach a kick ahead.

Australia began well, storming into a 9-0 lead, but that was lost after 32 minutes when David Campese fumbled a kick near his own line, allowing Pieter Muller a simple pick-up and score.