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Bok ratings: Liberation of the backline … at last!

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Kurt-Lee Arendse (Getty
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The official player-of-the-match honours went, without any major quibble, to Kurt-Lee Arendse … but nearby allies Willie le Roux and Cheslin Kolbe were right up there for potency as the Springboks produced a spectacle in the fullest sense to overrun Italy in Genoa on Saturday.

On a day where substitute Manie Libbok’s infusion at flyhalf soon after the interval was a further, major catalyst in an ever-mounting try fest, the Boks reignited their European tour with a 63-21 outcome – and that against opponents who did manage to provide some further, tangible glimpses of own redevelopment.

MATCH REPORT | Italy 21-63 Springboks

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