All Blacks come from behind to stun Springboks

Doug Mendoza
October 9, 2018

From 6-6 at halftime, the Boks scored 17 points in the first 12 minutes of the second half, with tries by Jesse Kriel and center partner Damian de Allende, and flyhalf Handre Pollard adding the conversions and a penalty. However, tries to Rieko Ioane, Scott Barrett and then Savea saw the All Blacks come home with a wet sail.

The Springboks led 30-13 and even New Zealand with their fearsome finishing power looked as if their lungs had finally burst on the High Veldt.

"They've shown this year against us, and at home against Australia that they know how to win in some tight situations".

"You have got to have belief and we had that deep down to come back".

Down 23-6, New Zealand responded with a score by scrumhalf Aaron Smith, against the run of play but taken with clinical efficiency when hooker Codie Taylor made the first clean break of the game for the New Zealanders and Smith, running in support, ensured it wasn't wasted.

The difference in the Pretoria game ultimately came after both sides had emptied their benches, with New Zealand able to raise their intensity and the Boks battling to contain them with less experience on the pitch.

"I'm definitely happy with the progress and the growth we have shown", Erasmus told reporters. I think Kieran and the leaders can take a lot of pleasure and satisfaction in how they managed this game.

"It could easily have been one that we let go and allowed them to win. Sometimes when you keep knocking on the door someone will open it and you can get in‚" advised Hansen.

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"It's an 80-minute game and you have to deal with that".

Hansen had praise for the improved Boks, whom his side had humiliated 57-0 in last year's Rugby Championship under former coach Allister Coetzee.

"I have got to be so careful (about) saying positive things after a loss in South Africa".

"Once we celebrated clinching the title in Argentina last weekend our focus switched to South Africa and trying to right a wrong from a couple of weeks ago".

New Zealand had already sealed a third successive Rugby Championship trophy win after victory on Argentina last week.

"Everybody who watched tonight... some will be disappointed, but they can't be disappointed in the rugby that was played".

South Africa's captain Siya Kolisi, foreground, is challenged by New Zealand's Patrick Tuipulotu, right, during the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

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