Sport in Short: Rugby Union

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NEW ZEALAND scored a convincing 43-25 victory over Natal in the opening match of their historic tour of South Africa on Saturday. The teams were level 22-22 before winger John Kirwan and scrum-half Ant Strachan went through for two tries in three minutes in the last quarter. Kirwan, again, and Richard Loe were their other try-scorers, with Natal's only four-point score coming from a penalty-try. The All Blacks meet South Africa in a Test on 15 August.

Natal: H Reece Edwards; C Van der Westhuizen, D Muir, P Muller, T Watson; H Honiball, R du Preez; G Harding, J Allan, L Muller, W Bartmann (capt), R Visagie, S Atherton, A Blakeway, G Teichmann.

NEW ZEALAND: J Timu; V Tuigamala, F Bunce, E Clarke, J Kirwan; G Fox, A Strachan; R Loe, S Fitzpatrick (capt); O Brown, J Joseph, M Cooksley, I Jones, M Jones, Z Brooke.

AUSTRALIAN SQUAD (South African tour, starting 11 August): Forwards: T Daly, M Ryan, E McKenzie, A Blades, P Kearns, T Lawton, R McCall, W Waugh, J Eales, G Morgan, T Coker, T Gavin, D Wilson, S Scott-Young, W Ofahengaue. Backs: N Farr-Jones (capt), P Slattery, M Lynagh, P Kahl, R Tombs, T Horan, J Little, A Herbert, D Campese, P Carozza, D Junee, M Roebuck, T Kelaher.

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