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Townsend not reading much into Boks' Cardiff cruise

South Africa's eight-try demolition of Wales in Cardiff on Saturday may have prompted a collective gulp from Scotland fans, with the sides set to meet in Marseille on September 10 in their Pool B opener at the World Cup.

Gregor Townsend, however, is not reading too much into the performance, and says he will learn more when the world champions meet New Zealand at Twickenham on Friday night.

“They did a job," Townsend said.

"It wasn’t Wales’ full team, but they were strong in the set piece, they converted a lot of opportunities, whether it was Wales’ mistakes they pounced on or them getting into the 22.

“That shows a confident team who are scoring points when they are available. We’ll be more interested in Friday night’s game. They’ve picked what looks like their strongest team and New Zealand have picked a very strong team as well.

“That will give us more of a sense of where they are. They’ve had a lot of games already this season with the Rugby Championship, and probably only put their number one team out once, over in New Zealand.

“We’ll see what type of game they are playing this week with their starters.”