Boks’ most telling mistakes

The Boks were leading 22-21 in minute 49 – and then all went crooked.

SA Rugby Magazine

50th minute:
The Boks, having just scored a try to take the lead 22-21, have a one-man advantage because of Messam’s sin-binning. They get a scrum feed 5m from the All Blacks line and replace the Du Plessis brothers before the scrum is fed. The replacements, hooker Adrian Strauss and tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen, don’t pressure the All Blacks scrum and the Bok scrum is never again dominant in the game.

60th minute:
Zane Kirchner kicks the ball out on the full after it was taken back into the Bok 22. The All Blacks get an attacking lineout and from the resultant play replacement flyhalf Beauden Barrett scores a special individual try to give his side the four-try bonus point and the Rugby Championship title.

ADD TO THIS ANOTHER SILLY MISTAKE BEFORE HALF TIME:

40th minute:
The All Blacks refuse to kick the ball out and settle for a half-time one-point disadvantage. Instead, they show incredible patience, ball control and appreciation for width to expose the Boks defence. Hooker Andrew Hore produces a magical pass to set up a try after the hooter that gives the All Blacks a 21-15 advantage.

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