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Rugby Champs : All Blacks 19-17 Springboks in Townsville

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The All Blacks have edged the Springboks 19-17 in a historic 100th test match between the two sides in Townsville.

They will be treated to a historic match-up as the All Blacks face South Africa in their centurion Test. They will be engaged in their 100th game when they meet in Townsville on Saturday.

Thanks for joining me on this historic night, that’s now 100 tests in 100 years for this massive rivalry. Let’s not forget what happened off the field in that 100 years though, as it really shaped the way New Zealand has evolved as a nation.

I’ll be back next weekend as the teams meet again in Brisbane. See you then!

It looks like the All Blacks are going to take some stopping as they look to wrestle back their crown as the finest rugby playing nation in the Southern Hemisphere. You can see all the action by following our guide on how to watch a 2021 Rugby Championship live stream – including for free.

The Springboks are the reigning world champions and No. 1-ranked side on the planet and returned to the tournament straight off the back of a bruising Lions series victory. But after two straight defeats at the hands of a resurgent Australia, it will now take a minor miracle to deny New Zealand.

Ardie Savea will captain the All Blacks again, this time from the openside flank, with Luke Jacobson at No 8 and Akira Ioane on the blindside. Brodie Retallick and Scott Barrett will combine in the second row.

“It’s a tough pack to pick at the moment because there are a lot of players putting their hands up and there were some players who played well last week,” Foster said. “It’s great to have experienced players like Joe Moody, Ofa Tuungafasi and Patrick Tuipulotu back. It has given us a great starting pack and a strong bench.”

How to catch the action

The Herald will provide live updates. You can catch live commentary of the match on Newstalk ZB, Gold AM and iHeartRadio.

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 6pm. If you want to watch the match online, you can stream the game live via Sky Sport Now.

Teams

All Blacks: Jordie Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, George Bridge, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Luke Jacobson, Ardie Savea (c), Akira Ioane, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Reserves: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ethan Blackadder, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Quinn Tupaea.

Springboks: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Duane Vermeulen, Kwagga Smith, Siya Kolisi (c), Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Trevor Nyakane.

Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Marco van Staden, Herschel Jantjies, Elton Jantjies, Frans Steyn.

Last five tests

2017: All Blacks 25, Springboks 24, Cape Town
2018: All Blacks 34, Springboks 36, Wellington
2018: All Blacks 32, Springboks 30, Pretoria
2019: All Blacks 16, Springboks 16, Wellington
2019: All Blacks 23, Springboks 13, Yokohama

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