New Zealand’s All Blacks continued with their fantastic record over the Springboks,seeing off the South Africans 24-25 in a thrilling Rugby Championship clash on Saturday 7 October in Cape Town.
All Blacks squandered the chance to take an early lead as Nehe Milner-Skudder launced a counter attack but his efforts were thwarted by a resolute Springboks backline.
South Africa soon registered the first points of the match,Elton Janjies slotting in a penalty to hand the home side a 3-0 advantage.
The Kiwis levelled matters immediately after the restart as Springboks conceded a penalty when Eben Etzebeth was accidentally caught in an offside position,Beauden Barret coolly slotting home for a 3-all scoreline.
Rieko Ioane’s try was ruled out by the TMO as he appeared to have knocked on on his way to the whitewash.
The first try of the match soon arrived,10 minutes to the break as the TMO approved Ryan Crotty’s touchdown but the resultant conversion was missed the world champions taking a narrow 8-3 lead to the dressing room.
Ross Cronje restored the Boks lead as he barged over between the posts for a try that was coolly converted by Jantjies as the hosts led 10-8.
Cronje turned from hero to villain as his pass was intercepted by Rieko Ioane who raced down the tryline to hand the All Blacks a 15-10 lead.
The Springboks hit back with a converted try courtesy of Jean-Luc Du Preez after patiently buiding up to grab a 17-15 advantage.
The boks were punished for loosing a lineout as Damien McKenzie made his way past the South african defence before touching down for as the All Blacks took a 22-17 lead.
With 5 minutes to play,South Africa were reduced to 14 men as De Allend was shown his marching orders for a reckless elbow hit on Sopoaga as New Zealand utilized the penalty awarded to extend their lead to 25-17.
Despite playing a man less,the Boks mounted a strong challenge,Malcolm Marx barging over for a converted try but it was too little too late as the Kiwis continued with their impressive record over the Africans,winning 25-24.