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Defending champions South Africa managed to start their campaign on a winning note, with a nailbiting 17-16 squeaker over Wales in Wellington on Sunday.
In a very tightly contested match the Springboks held onto a 17-16 victory against a fiery Welsh side to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start, albeit only just.
Coach Nick Mallett singled out Australia's much-improved scrum for praise as the Wallabies put the cleaners through Italy 32-6 to open their World Cup campaign at North Harbour on Sunday.
What is it with the so-called minnows at Rugby World Cup 2011? Just ask Ireland after their hard-fought 22-10 win over the USA Eagles in New Plymouth on Sunday.
Ireland, working off a superior forward pack, opened their World Cup campaign with a 22-10 win over the United States Sunday in a scrappy game played on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Italy did enough to give Australia a big fright as the two sides were locked at 6-6 going into half time, before the Wallabies took control later on.
Western Province scored six tries to beat the Leopards 49-21 on Saturday but coach Allister Coetzee was far from happy with his team's performance.
Australia weathered a tough first half, but came out firing later in the game as their exciting backs made the most of some cracks in the Italian defence.
The Leopards had shown in the first 20 minutes of their Currie Cup match against Western Province on Saturday just how well they could play,
The Wallabies showed their class with a sparkling second half performance to defeat Italy 32-6 in their tough opening World Cup clash in Albany on Sunday.
A late penalty from Niall O'Connor secured a tense 13-11 Pro12 victory over the Scarlets as Connacht came from behind to celebrate the opening of their newly-refurbished Sportsground.
Defending Premiership champions Saracens snatched a late 28-26 victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground thanks to the steady boot of young flyhalf Owen Farrell who slotted seven penalties.
The Blue Bulls showed great fighting spirit to salvage a 22-22 draw with the last kick of the game against a Cheetahs team that had seemed firmly in control in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
With several key players out in the cold because of injury, a makeshift Western Province side warmed to the challenge with a 49-21 win over the Leopards in their Currie Cup clash at a chilly Newlands on Saturday.
England manager Martin Johnson was a relieved man as his side came from behind to beat Argentina 13-9 in their World Cup opener at the Otago Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday.
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