All Blacks shine against South Africa

New Zealand made the trip to SA to take on the Springboks in a match that wasn’t going to affect the Rugby Championship in any way as NZ had already wrapped up the cup the week before in their win over Argentina but certainly wasn’t going to be a dead rubber either as there’s always everything to play for when these two teams step out onto the rugby field.

The Springboks had the first chance at points in the match, with an early penalty with Goosen being given a second go at the kicking duties for SA. The results were the same however as he missed his first two chances before Habana crossed over for a superb try that Goosen did manage to knock over for the 2 extra points. Goosen then managed a penalty as well as the books took a 10 nil lead after the first 20 minutes, and at that stage the Springboks were really bossing proceedings. One thing that makes the All Blacks so dangerous though, is that they can produce brilliance from nothing which they did as the last 20 of the half saw a complete turnaround in momentum with the Kiwis scoring two brilliant tries before the Springboks knocked over two more penalties with the boot of Jantjies (Goosen subbed off because of injury) just to calm New Zealand’s momentum a bit taking a 16-12 lead into half-time.

The 2nd half started perfectly for the travelling Kiwis as Nonu went over for a try to give the All Blacks back the lead, and it got even better when Smith went over in between the sticks to give All Blacks a 16-26 lead with 27 minutes left to play. NZ then added another three and seemed to be getting away from the Springboks, but SA were given hope when Dagg got yellow carded with 14 minutes to go. Nothing transpired from this however, as NZ kept slotting over the penalties as they came out 16-32 winners over the Springboks in a hard fought  and passionately contested Rugby Championship match.

Matthew Nepgen



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