It was one of that epic test matches that we were used to when the Springboks and All Blacks meet and at the end teh All Blacks edge the Springboks 25-24 on Saturday
The All Blacks were put under huge pressure from the Springboks but were always able to handle it in their own half.
It seems the best for the Springboks was their defence in that first half keeping a few possible tries out with great defence especially from Marx.
It was a frustrating first half with the Springboks that only seemed to get over advantage line when they kicked.
The kicking was also not great as the All Blacks were more than cable to handle everything the Boks throw at them.
At one-point Cronje allowed only three phases before he kicked and that went on for most of the half.
It was one of those kicks from Jantjies that ended in the first try for the All Blacks after it was charged down.
This gave the All Blacks an 8-3 lead.
The scrums started off well but quickly turn again with Dreyer being penalised again for collapsing the scrum.
Both teams wanted to score more tries and the first half went on to 50 minutes and no one wanted to give up.
This was the best 10 minutes for the Springboks but the All Blacks defence were again up for it and kept them out with everything they dished up.
The teams went into the break with the All Blacks leading 8-3.
The Springboks continued were they left it in that first half with again some great play from Marx and the team taking it through the phases to eventually score by Cronje.
This gave the Springboks a 10-8 lead.
The Springboks kept the All Blacks under pressure and were team that made all the play with the All Blacks that was left defending like demons.
It was another mistake that gave the All Blacks their second try when the Springboks was on attack and could not hang on to the ball.
It did not stop the Springboks as they never gave up and Coetzee bringing on the replacements just at the right time which made an enormous difference.
With the lead of 15-10 the Springboks were rewarded for all their attacking play and hard work on attack when Marx took a great break and send Du Preez over for his try.
This gave the Springboks a lead of 17-15.
As always, the All Blacks did not stand back and with another bad executing kick from Cronje gave Damian McKenzie the space to run in a brilliant try and the lead of 22-15.
Damien De Allende made a late tackle with an elbow to the head which earn the All Blacks a penalty and three points.
With the lead of 25-17 the Springboks had 4 minutes to rescue the game and the man of the match for me Marx took the ball from lineout and scored for the Boks to make it a one points game.
The Springboks tried their best but could not get pass the All Blacks again and an epic test ended with the All Blacks winning 25-24.
This was a huge step forward for Allister Coetzee and his team and give supporters hope that we are on the right path.
There is allot of work to be done and we still play some stupid rugby at times but these are things that can be corrected.
The end of year tour has now become even more important for this progress towards 2019.
Tries – Malcolm Marx(78′) Jean-Luc du Preez(64′) Ross Cronje(45′)
Penalties – Elton Jantjies(10′)
Cons – Elton Jantjies(79′) Handre Pollard(66′) Elton Jantjies(45′)
Tries: Damian McKenzie(69′) Rieko Ioane(59′) Ryan Crotty(32′)
Penalties: Lima Sopoaga(76′) Beauden Barrett(12′)
Cons: Lima Sopoaga(71′) Lima Sopoaga(60′