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Yokohama — SA’s Rugby World Cup victory over England may have been based on a no-nonsense defensive game plan, but No 8 Duane Vermeulen said two stunning tries showed they are also capable of producing “circus act” rugby.

For all the lightning footwork of Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi, two crucial cogs for the World Cup-winning Springbok machine were the eight-nine axis of Vermeulen and Faf de Klerk. That was never more on show than in Saturday’s final when SA walloped England 32-12, the two wingers scoring a late try apiece, with flyhalf Handré Pollard kicking 22 points...

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