Rugby Championship: Springboks and All Blacks Go Down to the Wire

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New Zealand edge gutsy South Africa in an intense encounter on Saturday the 7th of October in Newlands, Cape Town.

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South Africa vs New Zealand
Venue: Newlands
Kick-off: 17:05
Referee - Jerome Garces

The Springboks had another shot at redemption as they took on New Zealand at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town.

40 000 fans turned up to witness the 95th test match between these two sides.

The first piece of action came at the 6th minute when the All Blacks made a steal inside the Boks 22’ – A pass to Kieran Reid on the blindside left acres of space – Reid passed to Nehe Milner-Skudder who ran towards the try line and offloaded to Aaron Smith who was stopped in his tracks. The Boks had a breath of fresh air as Sonny Bill Williams spilt the ball into Kolisi's hands before Jantjies cleared the danger.

Jantjies converted a penalty in the 8th minute to hand SA the lead – 3 – 0. It didn’t take long for the All Blacks to respond as Barret converted a penalty to bring the scores level.

Reiko Ioane lost the ball over the line as he attempted to dot down after he made a clean break past Jantjies before Jesse Kriel made a cover tackle to unsettle the winger.

The All Blacks won a penalty after they contested the Bok scrum. Beauden Barrett opts for touch and the All Blacks driving maul is defended. Malcolm Marx disrupts the ruck and doesn’t allow Ryan Crotty to release the ball.

Ross Cronje almost scored as he went to the blindside, he wasn’t aware of Janjities to his left-hand side who was perfectly placed to score, but Damian McKenzie made a tackle and steal before the All Blacks unleashed a counter attack, but a forward pass from Scott Barrett halted play.

South Africa won a penalty but Jantjies attempt sailed wide off the upright. Malcolm Marx was the standout at the ruck as he won another penalty for the Springboks with his sheer strength at the breakdown.

Ryan Crotty scored the first try of the match after Beauden Barrett charged down a Jantjies kick before he hacked the ball through and a kick and chase in-sued before Crotty dived to score.

The remaining minutes of the half saw Malcolm Marx making incredible disruptions at the ruck. We saw an extra ten minutes as teams continued playing after the hooter had sounded. The Boks came close to scoring but incredible defence by the All Blacks halted the movement.

Half time and the All Blacks go into the break with an 8 – 3 lead.

The second half started with the same intensity and the Boks were on attack and after 16 phases their patient build-up was rewarded as the forwards were the driving force of the attack before Ross Cronje had to reach over and score on the post, Jantjies converts 10 – 8 after 45 minutes.

Lima Sopoaga had an opportunity to make it 11 – 10 but his kick sailed wide in the 50th minute.
What a contest! The Boks needed to maintain their energy and physicality and Allister Coetzee rang changes as Jean-Luc Du Preez and Handre Pollard came on.

Pollard made his impact felt as his quick passess and running into the contact sort of lifted the backline.

Jean-Luc Du Preez scored after a break from Pollard saw him offload to Marx who had one defender to beat and passed to du Preez to score. 17 – 15

Damian McKenzie scored after he sliced through the defence as he ran at an angle to dot down in the corner after a pass from Havili created a hole in the defence.

The final ten minutes saw Damian De Allende red card for a late hit on Lima Sopoaga after his drop-goal attempt. It was a poor decision by referee Jerome Garces. 

Malcolm Marx capped off a standout performance after he scored from a rolling maul. With 90 seconds on the clock, it was a one-point game. The All Blacks restarted but the Boks failed to keep possession before Sopoaga kicked it out for the final whistle to blow.

New Zealand 25 - 24 South Africa 

Man of the Match: Damian McKenzie

New Zealand Line up:

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 (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames.
Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 David Havili.

South Africa Line up

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6, Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Mostert, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende

Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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