Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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SOUTH AFRICA beat New South Wales 41-7 yesterday in their last match before the first Test against Australia. The full-back Hugh Reece-Edwards scored 26 of the points with two tries, two conversions and four penalties, but the tourists started poorly and took 34 minutes to score.

TOUR MATCHES (Orange, Australia): NSW 7 South Africa 41. (Gisborne, NZ): Poverty Bay 6 Western Samoa 53.