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Late Pietersen try clinches series for Springboks

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David Legge

South Africa 36 England 27

Match-sealing try ... JP Pietersen leaps for the tryline.

Match-sealing try ... JP Pietersen leaps for the tryline. Photo: AP

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa survived a brave second-half comeback from England at Ellis Park on Saturday to triumph 36-27 and take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

The Springboks dominated the first half to open a 25-10 half-time advantage only to see their lead trimmed to four points before right wing JP Pietersen scored a late match-sealing try and a ninth consecutive win over their rivals.

Victory for South Africa completed a great day for the southern hemisphere giants with New Zealand and Australia also winning to wrap up series against Ireland and Wales respectively.