Scotland, Wales, the Bulls, Stormers and Lions were all winners in today’s rugby matches.
Scotland rebounded from their drubbing at the hands of England at Twickenham to defeat Italy 34-10 in their Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Leading 13-3 at half-time, the Scots ran in four opportunistic tries from Tim Visser, Matt Scott Stuart Hogg and Sean Lamont, with Greig Laidlaw supplying the rest of the points from the boot.
Wales ended an eight-match losing streak with a 16-6 victory over France in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Saturday.
A try by winger George North – his 12th for his country – late in the second-half gave the visitors the breathing space they needed to record only their fourth win in Paris since 1975.
The Bulls sounded a stern warning ahead of their Super Rugby campaign as they demolished the Cheetahs 32-10 in their pre-season friendly at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.
The Bulls begin their 2013 Super Rugby campaign at Loftus Versfeld against the Stormers on Friday, February 22.
The Stormers completed an impressive 57-0 win over the Boland Cavaliers in their pre-season friendly at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
The scoreline (57-0) and nine tries to nil try-tally aside, coach Allister Coetzee would have been happy with his team’s improved showing this week (after last week’s narrow friendly loss in Bloemfontein).
The only potential negative would have been the ankle injury sustained by star lock Eben Etzebeth, the Springbok star having limped off early in the first half.
The Lions beat the Kings 41-31 at Ellis Park.