Rugby Championship

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 14 September 2013 - 19h35
Kick-off : Sat, 14 September 2013 - 09h35
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Referee : Romain Poite (France)
Match status : Result
  New Zealand South Africa
Tries Kieran Read (4min), Brodie Retallick (22min), Kieran Read (45min), and Sam Cane (68min) Bismarck du Plessis (31min) and Patrick Lambie (75min)
Penalties Beauden Barrett (34min) Morne Steyn (10min)
Conversions Beauden Barrett (23min) and Beauden Barrett (46min) Morne Steyn (32min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Kieran Read (71min) and Ma'a Nonu (73min) Bismarck du Plessis (16min)
Red cards Bismarck du Plessis (42min)
Minute Commentary


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The All Blacks come away with the win and go top of the table but unfortunately the big clash was marred by poor officiating and will be remembered for it.


The Boks have a final go from an All Black kick. Le Roux breaks and finds De Villiers who floats a pass in field for Serfontein but the youngster knocks on. That's FULL-TIME!


The Boks go wide from the line-out where Kirchner is tackled into touch by Piutau.


Strauss wins his second breakdown penalty to put the Boks in a position to selvage a losing bonus point.


The Boks are pinged for obstruction at the restart but Barrett pulls it to the left.


It's 14 against 13 and Lambie scores a spectacular TRY! Kirchner did well to keep a Steyn crosskick in play for Lambie who scores despite being tackled in the air. Steyn misses the conversion.


The Boks knock-on five metres from the try-line and the All Blacks clear down field. The Boks run straight back into the 22 where Nonu is YELLOW CARDED for a late, no arms tackle on De Villiers.


Read earns a YELLOW CARD for taking out Vermeulen in the line-out so it's a level playing field.


Strauss wins a breakdown penalty so the Boks will have a rare attacking opportunity in the second half.


The hosts do keep the ball in hand ad finally the dam wall breaks as Cane burrows over for the bonus point TRY. Barrett can't add the extras.


Aaron Smith is rushed into a grubber that finds touch inside the Boks' 22. The All Blacks are rather naive not to keep ball in hand against the 14-man Boks.


Nonu grubbers but Kirchner has it well scouted and Steyn finds touch. But the All Blacks take it quickly. Savea grubbers into the corner for Read who almost grabs his hat-trick but loses the ball forward.


Oosthuizen is blown up at the scrum so the All Blacks will attack from the line-out.


Vermeulen wins the penalty at the breakdown, so the Boks are putting up a fight. The All Blacks, though, regain possession as they hold up the maul.


Woodcock is penalised at the ensuing scrum but the kick doesn't find touch. The Boks regain possession and this time Steyn kicks it out on the full outside his 22.


Nonu spills the ball in contact five metres from the try-line so the Boks survive.


Kirchner makes a telling tackle on a flying Savea knocking the big wing into touch. The Boks kick down field after winning the line-out; the All Blacks go to the air as well and Pienaar knocks on.


Louw knocks on a terrible pass by Pienaar; the 14-man Boks certainly can't afford mistakes like that.


Barrett pins the Boks inside their 22, he's dictated terms well, and the visitors clear. The All Blacks attack but Vermeulen wins a penalty on the deck.


Read gets his second TRY under the posts, powering straight over Jannie du Plessis. Barrett adds the CONVERSION!


The All Blacks smell blood as Nonu grubbers into space. Le Roux does well to slide, scoop up the ball and pass to Kirchner but he's sacked in-goal, so it'll be a five-metre scrum for the All Blacks.


Louw throws a poor no-look pass straight into touch. Kruger is on for the Boks as the TMO is called in to check whether Bismarck du Plessis led with an elbow when taking up the ball against Messam - he's shockingly RED CARDED!


Steyn starts the second half. Who will win this epic encounter at Eden Park?


Aaron Smith nearly snatches a tap down from the line-out but the All Blacks regain possession as they force a maul. It comes to naught though as Dagg knocks on, so that's HALF-TIME! After an action-packed first half, the All Blacks lead 17-10!


The All Blacks weather a storm of phase play inside their 22 with Todd secures a turnover and Ben Smith kicking down field where Le Roux finds touch.


The Boks are blown up for obstruction at the restart and Barrett kicks the PENALTY!


Messam is caught with hands in the ruck after some good phase play by the Boks. The visitors turn down a kick at goal and the inspired decision pays off as Bismarck du Plessis gets the TRY from an unstoppable driving maul. Steyn nails the CONVERSION and the Boks are back.


Nonu oh so nearly intercepts but knocks on so the Boks breathe again.


Barrett kicks rather aimlessly which allows the Boks to run it into the 22 where a knock-on halts their momentum as Bismarck du Plessis returns from the sin bin.


Kirchner can't hold onto a high ball and Jannie du Plessis is pinged at the scrum so the All Blacks set up a line-out.


Barrett makes the first clean break of the match and it leads to a TRY under the uprights for Retallick with Barrett adding the CONVERSION!


The All Blacks concede a free kick at the scrum and Steyn hoists an up-and-under. Habana and Dagg collide with the All Blacks fullback coming off second best but earning his team a penalty.


Pienaar of all people takes over the line-out throwing and finds Etzebeth and the Boks clear. The All Blacks run it ball but Habana wins a penalty on the deck. There's a knock-on at the line-out which allows Strauss to come onto the field.


Despite being a legal tackle, Bismarck du Plessis is YELLOW CARDED after Carter limped off. The All Blacks attack from the penalty but Read's pass floats into touch.


All hell has broken lose after Bismarck du Plessis caught Carter with a massive but fair hit that appears to have injured the flyhalf.


Ben Smith nearly breaks the line but is brought to ground on halfway where Bismarck du Plessis wins a penalty but Steyn pulls it.


The All Blacks charge down Kircher's kick but the ball rolls into touch from where Steyn clears after a clinical line-out. Nonu and Conrad Smith combine in midfield but the latter knocks on.


Retallick takes out Etzebeth in the air at the resulting line-out and Steyn slots the PENALTY!


Frenetic stuff as first Ben Smith and then Bismarck du Plessis manage turnovers before Pienaar finds touch inside the All Black 22. The hosts, though, execute their exit plan well.


This time Coles finds the target via a quick front ball. Read drives over through a sea of bodies and the TRY is awarded by the TMO. Carter adds the CONVERSION as the All Blacks draw first blood.


The Boks dominate the first scrum, earning a penalty, but Etzebeth spills the line-out ball and Nonu kicks into the corner where Le Roux runs into touch.


Van der Merwe snatches the first line-out after a Pienaar clearance. Habana kicks ahead and the All Blacks go high. Kirchner can't hold on so it's an All Black scrum.


After a spine-tingling haka, Carter gets us underway to determine which side is the No.1 team in the world!


The blockbuster is sold out with 48,000 spectators packing out Eden Park and awaiting the singing of the national anthems and of course, the haka.


The All Blacks have made five changes to their run-on side with Coles, Franks, Messam, Cane and Nonu returning to the fold. The most debatable selection is that of the inexperienced and smaller Coles at hooker. He will be under scrutiny from the coaches and put under pressure by the bruising Bok forwards at the gainline and the set pieces. The Boks have named an unchanged 23 after their record win over the Wallabies.


It’s wet in Auckland which should suit the big Bok outfit and restrict the All Blacks’ potency and flair on attack. The hosts, however, will not be deterred as they return to their fortress Eden Park, where they won both their World Cup titles - in 1987 and 2011 - haven’t lost since 1994 and haven’t succumbed to the Boks since 1937.


Welcome to our build-up to the biggest Tests of the year between rugby’s greatest rivals - it’s the All Blacks against the Springboks in Auckland.
New Zealand
16 Israel Dagg
15 Cory Jane
14 Ben Smith
13 Ma'a Nonu
12 Julian Savea
11 Aaron Cruden
10 Aaron Smith
9 Kieran Read
8 Richie McCaw
7 Steven Luatua
6 Sam Whitelock
5 Brodie Retallick
3 Charlie Faumuina
2 Andrew Hore
1 Wyatt Crockett

24 Ryan Crotty
23 Beauden Barrett
22 TJ Perenara
21 Liam Messam
20 Sam Cane
19 Owen Franks
18 Ben Franks
17 Dane Coles
South Africa
15 Willie le Roux
14 JP Pietersen
13 Jaque Fourie
12 Jean de Villiers
11 Bryan Habana
10 Morne Steyn
9 Ruan Pienaar
8 Duane Vermeulen
7 Willem Alberts
6 Francois Louw
5 Flip van der Merwe
4 Eben Etzebeth
3 Coenie Oosthuizen
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Tendai Mtawarira

23 Patrick Lambie
22 Jano Vermaak
21 Siya Kolisi
20 Pieter-Steph du Toit
19 Bakkies Botha
18 Lourens Adriaanse
17 Gurthrö Steenkamp
16 Adriaan Strauss