Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

All Blacks squeeze past Springboks 25-24 for clean sweep

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Frank Williams | 08 October, 2017, 02:47

The Boks put on a much improved team performance and, for the first time in three years, showed why they are widely considered as the world champions' fiercest rivals.

For almost every blistering counter-attack by the All Blacks there was a Springbok turnover to match it, usually by [Malcolm] Marx, emulating the great performances in recent times of his predecessor Bismarck du Plessis.

The world leaders headed to South Africa with the competition's title already in the bag and off the back of a 57-0 thumping of their opponents a few weeks ago in Albany.

"The changes they've made among the forwards tells us they are looking to shore up their lineout and maybe they'll come at us a bit more physically", Read said.

Title victor New Zealand edged South Africa 25-24 Saturday in a thrilling 2017 Rugby Championship final-round match at Newlands Stadium here.

South Africa backup center Damian de Allende was sent off for a late, high charge on Sopoaga that set up that crucial penalty with four minutes to play. "It was an awesome game and credit to the Springboks".

"The Springboks were getting over the gain-line with their big boys carrying down the middle, so we will need to look at our defence".

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"We're disappointed with the result".

"We just have to stick together and keep working hard and then, hopefully the results will come".

Barrett's older brother Beauden, who was originally supposed to be rested for the Buenos Aires game but was called in with Lima Sopoaga staying at home to attend the birth of his first child, will also start the game at flyhalf.

A highly-charged battle for forward supremacy threatened to get out of hand at times and several players received warnings from French referee Jerome Garces.

Cape Town - All Blacks star Sonny Bills Williams has paid his respect to the Springboks after their thrilling Rugby Championship clash at Newlands on Saturday.

But when the scrum-half threw a wild pass just before the hour, Ioane intercepted and raced 80 meters for a try Sopoaga converted. South Africa restored their pride and reputation with three tries and a defiant defensive performance, but it was the brilliance of New Zealand's ability to counter-attack with such devastating effect that saw the visitors prevail - albeit by the skin of their teeth.

However, a Springboks side unrecognisable from the one crushed by the All Blacks in Auckland, responded as Marx barged over after a line-out and Jantjies converted.

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