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India thrash Pakistan 36-20 in opening match of Kabaddi Masters

India started their Kabaddi Masters campaign in style as they crushed arch-rivals Pakistan 36-20 in the inaugural match of the six-nation international tournament. Captain Ajay Thakur led from the front and scored 10 points to help India register a convincing victory. India’s defenders put in a commanding performance as they restricted Pakistan’s raiders throughout the match. Pakistan could score just 9 raid and 8 tackle points in the match.  Mudassar Ali scored six raid points for Pakistan. For India, Rohit Kumar put in a solid raiding performance and scored seven points.

Ajay Thakur got India up and running with a raid point in the first minute. Pakistan opened their account with a bonus point as both teams were level at 1-1. India’s star raider Pardeep Narwal was sent to the bench by Pakistan defence in the fourth minute. Thakur was looking in fine form as he scored with two successive raids to give India 4-3 lead after seven minutes. Pakistan's defence looked sharp in the first 10 minutes of the match as they trailed 4-5 after the ninth minute. Mudassar Ali scored with a raid for Pakistan as they trailed 5-6 after 10 minutes.

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Blitzboks make history with consecutive World Series titles

The Springbok Sevens team on Sunday did a French double by not only defending their HSBC Paris Sevens title, but in the process the Blitzboks also clinched a second consecutive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title.

The victory in Paris, where the Blitzboks also won last year, saw Neil Powell’s team move past Fiji on the overall standings and retain their champions’ status. Fiji held a seven-point lead before the final tournament, but they faltered on the second day by losing in the quarter-finals to England.

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Erasmus and Kolisi laud Bok character for victory

The character shown by a team full of inexperienced players and some tactical changes on the field were two of the main reasons Rassie Erasmus felt the Springboks managed to overturn a significant deficit to beat England by 42-39 in the opening Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.

England started with a bang and raced to a 24-3 lead in the opening quarter, thanks to three converted tries and a penalty goal, but SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby said they made a few tactical adjustments, which stared the comeback.

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Siya Kolisi to lead Springboks against England

Siya Kolisi will lead the Springboks against England in the forthcoming Castle Lager Incoming Series while Pieter Steph-du Toit has been entrusted with the captaincy for Saturday’s historic Test in Washington against Wales.

Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby, confirmed the two appointments on Monday morning at a media conference at the team hotel in Johannesburg.

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Super Rugby Round 14 Review: Lions feast on Brumbies

The Emirates Lions made a splendid return to form on Saturday evening in Johannesburg when they defeated the Brumbies 42-24, with Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies victorious in his landmark 100th appearance for the Highvelders.

In the only other Vodacom Super Rugby match played in South Africa this weekend, the Cell C Sharks managed to beat the visiting Chiefs 28-24 in an exciting encounter in Durban while in Saturday’s late night action in Buenos Aires the Vodacom Bulls lost 54-24 to the in-form Jaguares.

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