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Barbarians draw thriller with Springboks

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/11/2016
South Africa's Rohan Janse Van Rensburg celebrates after he scores a try. © Reuters South Africa's Rohan Janse Van Rensburg celebrates after he scores a try.

New Zealanders have crossed for two of the Barbarians' five tries in a 31-31 draw with South Africa in London.

The Springboks were spared an embarrassing start to their tour at Wembley when they crossed for two tries in the last 10 minutes of a thrilling, end-to-end spectacle.

The Barbarians, coached by Robbie Deans, invited 10 New Zealanders to start the match. Three of them had played for the All Blacks, including captain Andy Ellis.

The veteran halfback finished off a brilliant 80m move midway through the first half to put the Barbarians 17-12 ahead at the break.

Blues fullback Melani Nanai also crossed early for the hosts, along with bullocking Australian winger Taqele Naiyavoro.

Wallabies flier Luke Morahan bagged a second-half double to put his team 31-19 clear before the Springboks responded with late tries to backs Francois Venter and Johan Janse van Rensburg.

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