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Rugby Championship | Auckland
07:35 (GMT) | 16-09-2017
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Full-time: Barrett converts the try. The All Blacks demolish the Springboks by a LOT, pretty much an embarrassment for them but thank you for joining us at Rugby365.com for this match. Its been a pleasure! Be sure to join us for the rest of the rugby this weekend with Australia vs Argentina up next
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Ioane with a awesome run yet again , New Zealand looking to add salt to the Boks wounds . Somehow the Boks come away with it but yet again they are penalized. All Blacks kick for touch, set up the lineout, Taylor finds his man , claims the maul and crashes over for the try !
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All Blacks destroy the Boks at the scrum and win the penalty. Sopoaga kicks for touch, but somehow Skosan keeps the ball in. Boks look to spark something from their own line but they are awarded the penalty. Pollard kicks for touch. Yet again the throw from Mbonambi is not straight so its a All Blacks scrum.
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Beauden Barrett converts the try
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What a try , a solo effort from Lienert Brown does some great work and then plays in Sopoaga! What a brilliant try!
  • 73
All Blacks on the attack as Laulala comes close . Barrett with the cross kick again is taken by Coetzee and marked in the 22.
  • 71
Boks penalized at the scrum. Penalty to the All Blacks. Sopoaga kicks for touch.
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Yet another lineout is lost by the Boks , but its a short arm penalty to the Boks for a early jump . You get the feeling that was a sympathetic call. Anyway, we pack down for a Springbok scrum on the halfway line.
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South Africa lose yet another lineout as Mbonambi fails to find his jumper. Tuungafasi gets involved again then Sam Whitelock. McKenzie gets isolated this time as the Boks win the penalty . Pollard kicks for touch.
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All Blacks still with ball in hand but the Boks defense holds strong for now. Sopoaga puts through a grubber but Skosan marshals the ball as it goes into touch. Springboks lineout on their own 22.
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All Blacks on the attack through Savea and Perenara. Tuungafasi crashes it up again then Taylor has a run along the wing. All Blacks smell Bokke blood once again
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Beauden Barrett raises the flags
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Perenara feeds the scrum and the Boks are penalized . Sopoaga kicks for touch to set up the lineout 5 meters out. Taylor finds his jumper in Read and the All Blacks are back on the attack. Tuungafasi gets the ball and crashes over for a super first test try for the Blues prop!
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Just too much as Taylor gets the ball on the wing, shows some great acceleration for a hooker slides over and looks to have scored in the corner. TMO in action for a potential try .It is judged that Paige held up the ball so its a 5 meter scrum to the All Blacks
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Taylor finds his jumper at the lineout then the All Blacks attack wide through Beauden Barrett who puts through a kick marked easily by Skosan and then pumped into touch by Coetzee
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Penalty to the Boks taken quickly by Paige who comes close but the scrum half is isolated and is forced to hold onto the ball. Penalty to the All Blacks on their own goal line. Beauden Barrett kicks for touch to clear the All Blacks lines.
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Mbonambi finds his jumper at the lineout and the maul is set and goes forward nicely . Paige plays Serfontein on the crash . Its very slow ball for the Boks
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Perenara feeds the scrum . Cross kick is made from Sopoaga but Skosan takes the ball well. Etzebeth crashes the ball up before the Springboks win the penalty and Pollard kicks for touch .
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Boks still with ball in hand as Kitshoff has a bash , theres zero momentum for the Boks as Etzebeth loses the ball forward. Scrum down, NZ put in close to their 22.
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Boks turn the ball over as Cassiem and Du Toit have a go. Rhule has a run on his wing followed by Marx. All Blacks defense holds tight once more.
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All Blacks on the attack . Barrett puts through a good chip kick pushing the Boks back into their own 22. Coetzee thumps the ball up field and Ioane makes a great run by getting rid of three defenders
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Beauden Barretts conversion kick is unsuccessful this time round
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Beauden Barrett comes close then Retallick, Cane and Crockett get stuck in. Boks hanging on for dear life but its just too much for the visitors as the long pass is thrown to Milner-Skudder who scores in the corner. TMO in action for a potential foot in touch. The judgement is made and its a TRY!!!!
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Another penalty to the All Blacks , the reject the shot at goal and set up the 5 meter lineout.
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Short arm penalty awarded to the Boks at the lineout for the All Blacks closing the gap at the lineout. Jantjies kicks for touch. Coles finds his jumper and Williams crashes it up midfield once again . Read makes a half break as the Boks are on the back foot once again
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Coles finds his jumper in Scott Barrett and the maul is set by the All Blacks. It rumbles forward before Smith plays Beauden Barrett who has a go. Somehow the Boks come away with the ball and Hougaard clears the ball up field.A stunner of a kick from McKenzie rolls into touch 5 meters from the Springbok try line.
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Finally the scrum is successful but its the All Blacks that destroy the Springbok pack and win the penalty. Beauden Barrett kicks for touch to set up a lineout deep inside the Bok 22.
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Hougaard feeds the scrum , but Nigel Owens calls for the reset .
  • 45
Smith feeds the scrum plays Beauden Barrett who plays Sonny Bill Williams on the crash. He throws the offload to Crotty but the pass is forward. Scrum to the Springboks!
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Springboks with ball in hand inside the All Blacks half. Marx makes a good run, Beast gets involved in the tight. All Blacks defense is water tight and forces the turn over. Read has a run along the wing before getting bundled into touch. Lineout throw for the Boks near the halfway line. Marx finds his jumper this time but Hougaard drops the ball cold. Scrum to New Zealand .
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Jantjies overcooks his kick and its easily dotted down by McKenzie. 22 drop-out to New Zealand. Streaker on the pitch puts a delay in play as the security personnel rush onto the field.
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Boks take the kick off well before Coles is pinged for being offside . Springboks win the penalty and Jantjies kicks for touch to set up a lineout deep inside the All Blacks half. Marx once again fails to find his jumper as the All Blacks turn over the ball. Beauden Barrett pumps the ball up field and Serfontein runs it back at the home side .
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Beauden Barrett kicks off for the second half

Half Time

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Half-time, what a half that was for the All Blacks . See you all in a bit for the second half.
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Sonny Bill Williams with a big run midfield . New Zealand continue to bash at the Boks line before a cross kick is made. Rhule does some wonderful work in the air as the Boks go back on the attack. Kolisi makes his way into the All Blacks 22 then Kriel gets involved. Du Preez makes a strong run then the All Blacks turn over the ball on their own line and hoof the ball into touch.
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Boks win a relieving penalty. Jantjies kicks for touch to set up a lineout on the All Blacks 22. Marx with the long throw finds Serfontein on the crash. Cane makes a great steal by forcing the centre to hold onto the ball and wins the home side the penalty. Beauden Barrett kicks for touch
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Beauden Barrett converts the try!
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Jantjies hoists a up and under and McKenzie takes the ball easily. Plays Ioane who breaks the line like a hot knife through butter. Draws the last defender in Coetzee and plays big Brodie Retallick in for the try under the sticks!
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Beauden Barrett's conversion kick is good once again. He has found his kicking boots today!
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All Blacks on the attack inside the Boks 22. Whitelock has a go, then Crotty, McKenzie throws a great pass to Ioane as the Boks defend their line. A super cross kick from Beauden Barrett is knocked back from Coles. Brother, Scott Barrett regathers the ball and scores a wonderful try in the corner !
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Springboks penalized at the scrum as the All Blacks win the penalty. Beauden Barrett kicks for touch to set up a lineout deep inside the Bok half.
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Horrible throw once again from Marx fails to find his jumper once again. Jantjies desperately tries to clean up the ball but loses it forward. Scrum to the All Blacks.
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Boks win the penalty for a neck roll from Hames. Jantjies kicks for touch to set up a lineout deep inside the All Blacks half.
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Beauden Barrett clears the ball into touch on the halfway line. Springbok lineout. Marx finds his jumper in Dreyer as the ball goes straight through Etzebeths hands. Jantjies kicks the ball and McKenzie makes a good run from the back.
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Marx fails to find Kolisi at the lineout as Whitelock steals the ball on a Bok throw. The resulting play ends up in a Springbok knock on from a wayward hand in the ruck. Scrum down, NZ put in near their own try line.
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Smith feeds the scrum plays Barrett who puts through the grubber cleaned up by Coetzee. Springboks with the penalty for an infringement from Kane Hames. The option is to kick for touch , Lineout to the Springboks inside the All Blacks 22.
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Decent kick from Jantjies finds some space. Serfontein looks to regather the ball but he loses the ball forward. Scrum down, NZ put in on their own 22
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Boks on the attack inside the All Blacks 22 before a turn over is made and Coles of all people puts through a grubber that is pretty average. Boks regain possession on the halfway line.
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Jantjies breaks the line for the Boks before throwing a pass to his opposition in Milner Skudder, he clears the ball but it goes directly into touch. Springbok lineout on the All Blacks 22.
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Barrett converts the try !
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Boks on the attack inside the All Blacks half before Milner Skudder intercepts the ball. He has Skosan on him so he offloads to Barrett who throws a out the back door blind pass back to Nehe Milner-Skudder who scores a blinder of a try for the All Blacks!!!
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Barrett with a super conversion kick from the corner as he raises the flags
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Penalty taken quickly by Smith, he puts through a super kick with the winger Skosan up in the line. Rieko Ioane turns on the afterburners regathers the ball and scores in the corner!!
  • 16
Massive scrum again from the Boks. Jantjies hits Serfontein who gets clattered. The All Blacks win the penalty.
  • 15
Squire takes the kick off again, gets rid of Rhule once again but then gets smashed by Etzebeth. Barrett hoists the up and under but the Boks clean up the ball and are back on the attack. Cassiem breaks the line makes 20 meters before failing to link up with a team mate. The All Blacks turn the ball over and pump it up field once again. Milner Skudder loses the ball forward from a up and under and its a Springbok put in just inside the All Blacks half.
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Beauden Barrett raises the flags as the All Blacks take the lead
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Coles finds his jumper and the All Blacks attack midfield through Sonny Bill Williams. McKenzie then has a run along the wing but loses the ball forward. Jesse Kriel is pinged for being offside so the All Blacks are awarded the penalty . Barrett will have a shot at goal.
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Springboks on the attack through Kriel and Serfontein before Dreyer gets the ball ripped off him as the All Blacks turn over the ball and clear the ball up field. Rhule took the ball back into the 22 , plays Hougaard who clears the ball directly into touch. NZ lineout inside the Bok 22.
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Hougaard feeds the scrum and the Boks demolish the All Blacks scrum and win the penalty. A massive statement indeed from the visitors. Jantjies kicks for touch.
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New Zealand on the attack before Hames loses the ball forward just outside the Springboks 22. Scrum down, South Africa put in.
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Jantjies penalty attempt is unsuccessful . McKenzie pumps the ball up field
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Couple kicks back and forth before Ioane puts his head down and has a run from the back. Rhule takes down the winger and some great work from Marx forces the winger to hold onto the ball. South Africa win the penalty and Jantjies will have a shot at goal.
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Boks continue to attack before there is a loose pass thrown from Jesse Kriel that misses Raymond Rhule completely and goes into touch. All Blacks lineout on their own 22.
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Boks win the short arm penalty at the scrum taken quickly by Hougaard. Etzebeth makes a big run then Marx gets rid of two defenders , Kriel makes a good run midfield. All Blacks holding on in defense
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Coles fails to find his jumper as Cassiem makes the steal for the Boks. Beast makes a good run then Hougaard hoists the up and under knocked forward by McKenzie. Scrum down, Boks put in. A great kick from Hougaard it must be said
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Squire takes the kick off and busts Rhule with a big run. Barrett hoofs the ball up field and Coetzee returns the favor. McKenzie kicks for touch and the Boks have the lineout on the halfway line. Marx fails to find his jumper as the All Blacks regain possession. McKenzie puts through a grubber and Skosan tracks back to clean up the ball. Jantjies then clears the Boks line .
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Jantjies kicks off and we are underway!!
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Good luck for your Fantasy Rugby teams
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Almost time for kick-off as the teams go through their last match preparations. Just the national anthems and the Haka to come and then its game on!!!!
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For South Africa: There is the strong energy of Franco Mostert. You will want to be aware of Siya Kolisi, the workhorse with an eye to a half chance. Why does he remind one of Ruben Kruger? And a burst from Malcolm Marx is always exciting.
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For New Zealand: You will want to see the way smooth, smiling Beauden Barrett can shock with a sudden burst, you will want to watch Dan Coles with his surprising speed and the all-round ability of Liam Squire. Then there is the mercurial energy of Damian McKenzie.
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There is no doubt that the All Blacks' back three - elusive Damian McKenzie, strong speedster Rieko Ioane and quick Nehe Milner-Skudder with the tricky feet - are better on attack and defence than the way Andries Coetzee, Raymond Rhule and Courtnall Skosan have been in the Rugby Championship so far.
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The All Blacks are favourites, and yet ... If Ireland can and the B&I Lions can, surely the Springboks can.But to do so they will have to play for 80 minutes without slip-ups, using every opportunity and denying the All Blacks attacking chances. A tall order.
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The choice of venue seems to suggest that New Zealand is not taking the match all that seriously - a ground with a capacity of 25 000, the same as Pam Brink Stadium in Springs.
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Today New Zealand and South Africa will clash on a rugby field - the 94th encounter between the nations who above all have dominated world rugby for more than a century.
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Welcome to this Rugby Championship clash between New Zealand and South Africa coming to you from the North Harbour Stadium, Albany, New Zealand
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Luke Romano
  • 5 Scott Barrett
  • 6 Vaea Fifita
  • 7 Matt Todd
  • 8 Kieran Read
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Rieko Ioane
  • 12 Sonny Bill Williams
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Codie Taylor
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 19 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 20 Ardie Savea
  • 21 TJ Perenara
  • 22 Ngani Laumape
  • 23 David Havili
START LINE UP
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 3 Ruan Dreyer
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Franco Mostert
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 7 Francois Louw
  • 8 Uzair Cassiem
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 10 Elton Jantjies
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Jan Serfontein
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle
  • 17 Steven Kitshoff
  • 18 Trevor Nyakane
  • 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 20 Jean-Luc Du Preez
  • 21 Rudi Paige
  • 22 Handre Pollard
  • 23 Damian de Allende
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Preview: New Zealand versus South Africa

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:34

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND FOUR: rugby365's acclaimed writer Paul Dobson gives us his unique view on one of the biggest matches of the year.

On Saturday, September 16, New Zealand and South Africa will clash on a rugby field - the 94th encounter between the nations who above all have dominated world rugby for more than a century.

When he announced his team to play the All Blacks, Allister Coetzee, the Springbok coach, said of the All Blacks: "There is no greater contest than to play them in New Zealand."

Ryan Crotty, the current All Black centre, said of the coming match: "It doesn't get any bigger than a Test against South Africa at home, and it's a challenge I'm sure will excite the lads."

Two camps, both believing that this is always a special match.

Presumably this is so even though the number of matches has increased and multiplied.

But the choice a venue seems to suggest that New Zealand is not taking the match all that seriously - a ground with a capacity of 25 000, the same as Pam Brink Stadium in Springs.

They first played in 1921 and from then till 1981, they played 37 times.

Since 1981 and excluding the New Zealand Cavaliers tour of 1986, South Africa and New Zealand have played each other 56 times - 37 times in 60 years and 56 times in 25 years.

And there is not quite the same excitement as of yore.

That has been surpassed by British and Irish Lions' tours which have the virtue of being rarer.

There used to be intangible rugby trophies - the Grand Slam, the Triple Crown and the World Crown.

For years South Africa wore the world crown, even though on occasion it slipped a bit.

Then in 1992 New Zealand drew level and in 1997 overtook the Springboks. That mythical world crown has rather fallen away with the World Cup, of which the All Blacks are the titleholders, and World Rugby's ranking where the All Blacks are ranked No.1, the Springboks No.3.

But to this match.

The All Blacks are favourites, and yet ... If Ireland can and the B&I Lions can, surely the Springboks can.

But to do so they will have to play for 80 minutes without slip-ups, using every opportunity and denying the All Blacks attacking chances. A tall order.

The Springboks could win the line-outs - after all they destroyed the Wallabies' 100 percent record last week - and they could win the scrums.

They are, it is true, without Coenie Oosthuizen, whose improved scrummaging is one of the wonders of the season, but then the All Blacks are without Joe Moody who destroyed the Puma scrum.

It's all very well to win the ball, but what you do with it will decide if you can win the match.

If the Springboks kick without purpose to the All Black back three, the All Blacks will not have to win a single scrum or line-out.

The Springboks have to keep the ball away from the All Blacks - get it and keep it.

They will have to defend with great energy and thoughtfulness.

There is no doubt that the All Blacks' back three - elusive Damian McKenzie, strong speedster Rieko Ioane and quick Nehe Milner-Skudder with the tricky feet - are better on attack and defence than the way Andries Coetzee, Raymond Rhule and Courtnall Skosan have been in the Rugby Championship so far.

In fact when you look at the All Blacks from No.9 to No.15 you realise just how vital it is for the Springboks, lesser lights for most of the way, to keep the ball away from them.

Easier said than done, for the All Blacks spread with advancing purpose and often have Kieran Read or Dane Coles as a surprise extra wing out on the touchline.

But the B&I Lions certainly did find a way to keep the All Blacks in check.

If the Springbok backs are to make inroads - and Jan Serfontein certainly can - they are going to have to keep possession well and make the best use of space.

What they will not want is a slow delivery from behind the forwards that cannibalises their space.

The All Blacks will want quick ball, quickly and securely handled, runners whose shoulders are parallel to the goal-line and always support.

They are likely to get all of those as they are the habit of the team. The man to make that happen is above all Ryan Crotty.

The contest after the tackle could be a vital one. Sam Cane is likely to lead the attack on the ball and this time he will not have the competition that Agustín Creevy provided unless the Springboks have a plan to blow Cane away.

Players to watch:

Take your pick. We hope that there will be 30 players on the field for every minute of the match and you will want to watch all if them, for there will be interesting points to watch in every one of these top players.

For New Zealand: You will want to see the way smooth, smiling Beauden Barrett can shock with a sudden burst, you will want to watch Dan Coles with his surprising speed and the all-round ability of Liam Squire. Then there is the mercurial energy of Damian McKenzie.

For South Africa: There is the strong energy of Franco Mostert. You will want to be aware of Siya Kolisi, the workhorse with an eye to a half chance. Why does he remind one of Ruben Kruger? And a burst from Malcolm Marx is always exciting.

Then, too, there will be the interesting impact of the benches. Both sides have great benches, players who can make a difference, and the end game, when the All Blacks are playing, is always interesting.

Head to Head: Locks versus Locks - Eben Etzebeth and Franco Mostert versus Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock. It could just be the best lock battle in the world of rugby. Front row versus Front row with the individual contest between burly Malcolm Marx and clever Dan Coles. Sonny Bill Williams versus Jan Serfontein - the strong man against the better footballer. Goal-kicker versus goal-kicker - Beauden Barrett versus Elton Jantjies. Current form certainly suggests that Jantjies has the winning of this and that could be vital if it is a close affair.

Recent Results
2016: New Zealand won 57-15, Durban
2016: New Zealand won 41-13, Christchurch
2015: New Zealand won 27-20, Johannesburg
2015: New Zealand won 20-18, London (World Cup semifinal)
2014: South Africa won 27-25, Johannesburg
2014: New Zealand won 14-10, Wellington
2013: New Zealand won 38-27, Johannesburg
2013: New Zealand won 29-15, Auckland
2012: New Zealand won 32-16, Johannesburg
2012: New Zealand won 21-11, Dunedin
2011: South Africa won 18-5, Port Elizabeth
2011: New Zealand won 40-7, Wellington

Results in the 2017 Rugby Championship
New Zealand versus Australia, 54-34 in Sydney
New Zealand versus Australia, 35-29 in Dunedin
New Zealand versus Argentina, 39-22 in New Plymouth
South Africa versus Argentina, 37-15 in Port Elizabeth
South Africa versus Argentina, 41-23 in Salta
South Africa versus Australia, 23-all in Perth

Prediction: The All Blacks have won nine of their last 10 games against the Springboks, including each of their last four and a 42-point win when they last met, which stands as the biggest win in the history of the fixture. The All Blacks have won their last seven games against the Springboks when hosting them in New Zealand, conceding an average of just 12 points per game in that period. Of the five nations to have played multiple games at the North Harbour Stadium in Albany, New Zealand (six) and South Africa (two) are the only two that remain undefeated at the venue. This will be the first Test at the North Harbour Stadium since South Africa defeated Samoa 13-5 at the 2011 World Cup, and the first time New Zealand have played a Test there since brushing past Fiji in a 91-0 win in 2005. South Africa are yet to be defeated away from home in 2017; the last time they played more than two games away from home in a calendar year without losing was 1971. The All Blacks have won the most rucks per game (92) and boast the best ruck success rate (97 percent) or any team this competition, they are also the only squad yet to lose a scrum on their own feed. South Africa are yet to concede a try in the opening or closing quarter this campaign; each of the other three teams have conceded at least three in each of those periods. Jaco Kriel tops the tackles charts (38) after three rounds. However, Coenraad Oosthuizen has made more than any other player who is yet to miss one (32/32). Unfortunately neither Kriel, not Oosthuizen will feature in this game. Aaron Smith (five), Beauden Barrett (four) and Thomas Perenara (three) are the only players this tournament to have provided more than two try assists after three rounds. Elton Jantjies (49) has opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the point-scoring leaderboard for The Rugby Championship 2017, and is yet to miss a conversion attempt (10). It seems folly not to expect the All Blacks to win by 10 points or more, and yet the Springboks could win if....

Teams

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Square, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.
 
South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende.

Date: Saturday, 16 September 2017
Venue: North Harbour Stadium, Albany
Kick-off: 19.35 (09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)
Expected weather: A chance of some rain with a high of 16°C and a low of 11°C
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Matthew Carley (England)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

By Paul Dobson
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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All Blacks demoralise the Springboks

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:00

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT: The All Blacks continue to cement their dominance in world rugby, as they delivered a 57-0 rugby lesson to South Africa in Albany on Saturday.

Golly, how truth will out. 

This match was to be the one that told the truth, the moment of truth, and perhaps it did. Perhaps it did when it told the world that the Springboks this year are not better than they were last year or in any of their other 127 years of Test rugby. Never in those 127 years have then been so thrashed - thrashed and humiliated - as they were in  this, their biggest-ever defeat.

Nobody walking free anywhere in the world would have forecast such a score - not even the most ardent and optimistic of New Zealanders. Everybody in New Zealand would have underestimated the All Blacks. If truth be told, the All Blacks would have underestimated themselves!

But weren't they magnificent? This must be one of the greatest international performances the world has ever seen - unflappable, clinical, skilled, composed, any positive adjective you would like to use. When they had had just 39% of possession and 29% of territory, they still led 17-0, and after that they got better and better.

They lathered the Springboks in every facet of the game. They handled better, they ran straighter, they were quicker in everything they did, they tackled better, they kicked better, they rucked better, they mauled better, they lineouted better and they scrummed better. This match and this team should be preserved in finest gold.

The Springbok pack was supposed to be too strong for the All Blacks. The All Blacks won five of their line-outs and reduced them to chaos in others. They forced the Springboks into five scrum penalties.

The All Blacks' speed of action was much, much greater than the South Africans'. They ran faster and passed more quickly, but then it started at source. They got the ball back more quickly and away from the tackle more quickly. Having a scrumhalf who takes meaningless steps, making slow ball slower, makes life too hard for backs, for it eats up their space and the defensive speed of Ryan Crotty's back pressurised the Springboks into numerous handling errors.

This match was reminiscent of that one in Brisbane in 2006 when the Wallabies walloped the Springboks 49-0. That is the last time the Springboks failed to score in a rugby Test and this time their opponents scored eight more than the Wallabies did that June. In 2006 the Springboks lost five in a row but they won a match just before the end of the season - beating, of all people, the All Blacks.

But now it is known that beating a weakened French side three times and an uncoordinated Argentinian side twice, does not make you world beaters. And you admire all the more the feat of the B&I Lions in sharing a series with the All Blacks earlier this year.

There were the anthems and the "Uit die blou" part of the South African anthem was louder than the rest, indicating the large number of ex pat South Africans in the crowd. The All Black haka was O panga, indicating their determination to blow the Springboks away.

The Springboks won the toss, the only thing they won on the day. They chose the kick-off, and that became a flop when they missed the first tackle and lost the first line-out despite complicated choreography. The All Blacks attacked and Courtnall Skosan saved.

In the rest of the match the Springbok wings were as vulnerable on defence as prematch predictions suggested that they would be.

Rieko Ioane was offside but Elton Jantjies missed the fairly straightforward kick. Then the Springboks destroyed an All Blacks scrum. Then they started making telling mistakes.

Raymond Rhule took the ball back into the Springbok 22 and gave to Andries Coetzee who kicked out on the full. From the line-out, the All; Blacks attacked, Jesse Kriel was offside and Beauden Barrett goaled. 3-0 after 13 minutes. There was still no sign of the impeding glory or doom that was to come.

The Springboks were penalised for being offside at a knock-on. Aaron Smith tapped, darted and kicked down into the space empty of defenders on his left. Ioane raced after the ball, gathered it and plunged over for the try in the left corner.

Barrett, whose kicking was regarded as suspect in prematch talk, goaled from touch. In the match he goaled eight of his nine kicks at goal. 10-0 after 18 minutes.

The Springboks played phases. Hougaard stepped and passed to Jantjies, who passed - and Nehe Milner-Skudder intercepted about 15 metres in side his own half. He raced away and did some clever interpassing with Barrett to bamboozle the defenders and Milner-Skudder was the one to score. 17-0 after 20 minutes.

Liam Squires, the All Black flank, left the field for a head injury assessment. Scott Barrett took his place. Squires did not return.

And Scott Barrett scored a try. Beauden Barrett kicked a long diagonal to the right. Francois Hougaard and Milner-Skudder went up for the ball. Hougaard knocked on, Milner-Skudder got possession and gave to Scott Barrett who ran round for a try which his brother converted. 24-0 after 34 minutes.

Jantjies kicked downfield, Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett countered and the ball went to Ioane who ran past four Springboks and gave to Dane Coles who gave to big Brodie Retallick who scored with Smith, Coles and Ioane unmarked next to him. 31-0, which was the half-time score.

One could pretend that the Springboks were better in the second half as they conceded only 26 points. Only 26!

Changes started  happening to both teams as the All Blacks had the best attacking chances. When Jantjies tackled Smith high, the All Blacks had a five-metre line-out. They bashed and then went right where Beauden Barrett threw a long pass to Milner-Skudder who scored in the corner. This was the conversion that Beauden Barrett missed but the score was 36-0 after 53 minutes.

More players came off the bench, whither Milner-Skudder retired.

Rudy Paige tapped a penalty and was just three metres from the New Zealand goal-line when he was penalised for holding on. That was as good as it got for the Springboks.

At the other end the All Blacks attacked and only some clever bravery by Paige stopped Codie Taylor from scoring, but New Zealand had a five-metre scrum, then  a penalty and then a five line-out from which Ofa Tu'ungafasi scored his first Test try. 43-0 with 16 minutes to play. That was a record  points' difference between the two teams, beating the 42  of Durban last year.

Anton Lienert-Brown bumped Handré Pollard and plonked him on his backside as he broke. The centre gave to Lima Sopoaga who scored. 50-0 after 74 minutes.

The siren had sounded, the Springboks were penalised and New Zealand had a line-out, which they mauled and this time Taylor scored.

Man of the Match: Which of the 23 All Blacks do you want?  Our choice - and it's just to propose one name - is Aaron Smith for the speed he generated for his side.

Moment of the Match: The try that started with Nehe Milner-Skudder's intercept and included his clever interpassing with Beauden Barreet.

Villain of the Match: Nobody.

The scorers:

For New Zealand:
Tries
: Ioane, Milner-Skudder 2, S Barrett, Retallick, Tu'ungafasi,  Sopoaga, Taylor
Cons: B Barrett 6
Pen: B Barrett

For South Africa: None

Teams

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squires, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.
 
South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Matthew Carley (England)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

 

Rieko Ioane (17min), Scott Barrett (33min), Ofa Tuungafasi (64min), and Codie Taylor (79min)
TRIES
Beauden Barrett (18min), Beauden Barrett (21min), Beauden Barrett (34min), Beauden Barrett (37min), Beauden Barrett (65min), Beauden Barrett (77min), and Beauden Barrett (80min)
CONVERSIONS
Beauden Barrett (13min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Auckland
REFEREE Nigel Owens (Wales)