It was a two point game at Loftus with the All Blacks getting two tries in the last 8 minutes to beat the Springboks 32-30.
We wanted a classic test and we got one, with both teams going at each other from the first minute to the last.
At the end two crucial penalties at the end costed the Springboks two tries and the test.
Let’s get it out of the way the Springboks should have never given this test away with 10 minutes to go.
Only two penalty kicks separated the two teams at the break and speaks volume of the pressure being put on by both sides. There was plenty of mistakes in that first forty minutes but also enough opportunities as well.
It was a great battle with the Springboks doing most of the play and pinning the All Blacks back into their half. The problem was that they did not convert it into points.
The Second half got off with the Springboks scoring the first try by Kriel with enterprising play from Le Roux at the back in the lead-up.
That gave the Springboks a 13-6 lead and it was quickly extended by Pollard’s boot to 16-6.
The Springboks extend the lead again with a great try from De Allende who got the pass from Kolisi who broke the defence.
Leading 23-6 the Springboks were in a good position at this stage.
We expected the world champions to hit back and they did immediately with Smith getting their first try of the test.
The Springboks knew they needed to strike back immediately and did with Kolbe getting another.
That gave the Springboks a lead of 30-13.
The All Blacks did not take long to break down the Springboks defence to get Rieko Ioane over in the corner. Mo’unga could not convert and the Springboks still leaded 30-18.
The Springboks conceded another penalty for lifting a player in the ruck and the All Blacks kicked for the corner, grind it out and scored through Barrett after a few phases.
With three minutes to go the Springboks went into a defensive mode which gave another penalty away. Mo’unga kicked it in the corner and after a few phases Ardie Savea crashed over for the winning try.
Mo’unga slotted the conversion over to take the win.
Erasmus made some crucial replacements at the end which did not help the cause.
Many will disagree with me but at the end this was another step forward for the Boks even though we lost a test which we should have win.
There was again great opportunities not taken by the Springboks but again showed that they can scored tries and they will only get better.
Next up the end of year tour where England, France, Scotland and Wales are waiting
|Kriel, De Allende, flask||Smith, Ioane, Barrett,Savea|
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi ), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Embrose Paper, 22 Elton Jantjies , 23 Damian Willemse
New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Ryan Crotty