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South Africa humiliate England

September 15, 2007 02:55 IST

South Africa humiliated defending champions England 36-0 in their pivotal World Cup Pool A match at the Stade de France on Friday.

The Springboks took a daunting 20-0 halftime lead after tries by flanker Juan Smith and winger JP Pietersen.

Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, who had an outstanding all-round game, put Pietersen into the corner for a second try in the 63rd minute.

England, whose last World Cup loss was against the Springboks on the same ground in the 1999 quarter-finals, must now beat Samoa and Tonga to ensure a quarter-final place.

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