Rugby Championship score and reactions from the New Zealand vs. South Africa match as the All Blacks defeat the Springboks. 35-20 New Zealand The All Blacks in South Africa nearly win the Rugby Championship title with a first-half blitz.
FT: RSA 35-20 NZL
From Mount Smart, that is it. What an All Blacks victory!
An outstanding outcome for Ian Foster and his men. They had a precise game plan and had another strong start, capitalizing on mistakes made by the Springboks. Jordan appeared to have played every rugby match this season, and Frizell had an equally significant influence. Williams had a debut he will remember tonight, while Beauden Barrett made a great impression wearing the contentious No. 15 number.
However, there is room for improvement. The Springboks, energized by their bench, attempted a comeback while the All Blacks were once again sluggish coming out of the halfway break. But the All Blacks managed to calm things down and ultimately earned a victory.
We’re done with the live updates; stay tuned for a recap of the match and more All Blacks XV rugby action from Japan! With 40 seconds left, Springboks’ No. 6 Kwagga Smith scores a try, but it’s too little, too late.
What an impressive victory for New Zealand. With two victories from two games, they are currently the only team in the Rugby Championship with a perfect record this season.
They got out to a fast start and, despite a few slip-ups, proved to be considerably superior to a Springboks team that was unable to follow up its impressive victory over the Wallabies.
A week before the Rugby World Cup, which starts in early September, these two teams square off once more at Twickenham.
No. 6 All Blacks Will Jordan, Richie Mo’unga, Beauden Barrett, and Brodie Retallick were all amazing, as were Shannon Frizell and Shannon Frizell.
Prior to the Bledisloe opening on August 29 in Melbourne, the Wallabies will be anxious.
Thanks for joining us today.
Another day, another tough Wallabies defeat to take.
Michael Cheika will be thrilled at that. Eddie Jones … not so much.
Iain Payten’s match report is live (in the post below) and I’ll be filing some player ratings as soon as possible.
We’ll be back in a fortnight for the opening Bledisloe Cup Test in Melbourne at the MCG.
Take care. Cheers!