Boks, All Blacks and Wallabies damage the North

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Updated: November 17, 2012

The big three from the South triumphed over their Northern rivals on week 2 of the Autumn International rugby series. There was also a win last night for the physical Samoans over 6 Nations Champions Wales.

It was a courageous second half performance for the Scots, however the big physical pack of South Africa had already done the damage in the first half, the Springboks eventually winning 21-10 at Murrayfield. The Springboks went into the half in full control, dominating the physical battle and the set pieces with Adriaan Strauss scoring a well worked forward driving move to cross the line. The big men constantly crossed the game line punching holes in the Scottish midfield at will, and retained most of the possession. The second half began with another Bok score, again by Strauss, following which the visitors almost went to sleep and allowed the plucky Scots back into the game with a much improved second half performance.

World champions New Zealand moved through the gears after a sluggish start to beat Italy 42-10. The All Blacks highlighted the depth in their squad as they made 14 changes to their starting line up that beat the Scots last week. Leading 13-7 at halftime, the All Blacks had to wait until the 49th minute before they registered a second try when Ma’a Nonu crashed over from close range before Cory Jane’s score and a late Julian Savea double with Aaron Cruden kicked 17 points.

Australia showed some character when they bounced back from last weeks thrashing in Paris, defeating England at Twickenham 20-14. England were going for their third consecutive win over the Wallabies, however in their own backyard England were dominated in every department by the Aussies.

Last night Samoa produced another memorable victory in Cardiff as Wales slumped to their fifth successive defeat, losing 26-19 to the south sea islanders.

Ireland’s fringe players staked their claim for a spot in the team for next weekend’s test against Argentina, running in eight tries in a 53-0 thrashing of Fiji, while Tonga came from 13-5 down to beat the United States 22-13 in a rugby test on the north Wales coast.

Vincent Clerc scored his 33rd and 34th test tries in only three minutes as France quickly recovered from a slow start to beat a gallant Argentina 39-22 in Lille.