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Match Report – All Blacks first half sink Springboks


The All Blacks took their opportunities when it matter and got the vital win over the Springboks on Saturday.

They scored two quick tries to build a nice lead in the first half and at the end beat the Springboks 23-13.

It was made up as the biggest clash in the opening weekend of World Cup and this is what Rassie had to say

Off-course no All Black game goes without the Haka

The Springboks got the first penalty in All Blacks half and Pollard kicked his first penalty to give the Springboks the lead.

The Springboks took full advantage of their momentum early on keeping the All Blacks pinned in their twenty two but could not get more points.

It was disappointing with so much pressure on the All Blacks and you came away with nothing.

A mistake gave the All Blacks a penalty straight in front and points on the board

The All Blacks then just stepped up another gear and scored two quick tries to pull away from the Springboks 17-3.

It was first George Bridge and then Scott Barrett that got over for the two tries.

The Springboks had some more changes but they just made some poor decisions on attack with Faf not on par. His passing game was poor, he passing game slow and made some poor decisions on attack.

At the break the All Blacks had a great lead of 17-3.

It was some magic from Kolbe that sparked the Springbok alive, putting the pressure on the Springboks and Du Toit the man finding a huge gab to get their first try.

With Pollard conversion the Springboks reduced the lead to 17-10.

The Springboks started to show more on attack which was beautiful to see and only desperate defence kept them out.

Pollard reduced the lead again with a drop goal.

The All Blacks pulled 3 back a penalty as they led the Springboks 20-13 after 66 minutes.

The All Blacks got another penalty to extend the lead to 23-13 and they were able to keep that score till the end.

The rucks and scrums was a mess but at the end the two quick tries in the first half made all the difference.


All Blacks: Tries – George Bridge, Scott Barrett Conversions – Richie Mo”unga(2) Penalties – Richie Mo”unga(2) Beauden Barrett

Springboks: Tries – Pieter-Steph du Toit Conversions: Handre Pollard Penalties – Handre Pollard(2)



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  1. I could’ve pretty much told you that Bok side is not going to win this RWC. It’s a good dude but it’s not a great side. The biggest issue is that there is virtually no attacking impetus – apart from Kolbe and that is not enough. Worse, the delivery from faf is way to slow and static – even with strikerunners.

    There needs to be changes to the starting lineup:
    Nyakane for Malherbe
    RG for Mostert
    Herschelle for Faf
    Steyn for Am
    Kriel for Mapimpi
    Beast for Kitshoff (both worldclass)

  2. 1. Beast 2. Marx 3. Trevor 4. Yster 5. RG
    6. Kolisi 7. PSDT 8. Vermeulen

    9. Herschelle 10. Pollard
    12. Steyn 13. De Allende
    11. Kolbe (Gdam brilliant) 14. Kriel 15. WLR

  3. I am on record for stating months before the RWC: We have a nice 11 days before the QF to pack our bags and sort out out journey back to SA (or some early Christmas shopping).

  4. Bekke – I wouldn’t go that far.
    I think the boks have a shot but they’ve got to start playing rugby and that means taking risk.
    Can’t see the Boks threatening with faf at 9.

    I think 4 changes and the instructions to have a go could change alles:
    Herschelle into 9 (faf bench)
    Trevor into 3 (Malherbe bench)
    Kriel into 14 (Sbu bench)
    Steyn into 12 (DDA to 13, Am to bench)

    Faf is a tiger, but jantjies service is a thousand times quicker.

  5. They looked good today at times, esp when behind and forced to play rugby – which is what the boks always end up doing. Defense defense until they realize they behind and got to play. This dude got a lot of potential but they need to realize it and go out and play rather than trying to just feed off mistakes and pressure. At least 2 tries were left on the park cos the final pass didn’t go to hand , and I bet with herschelle janthies starting the boks will look a different beast. I think Steyn also needs to come in. And Mapimpi looks out of his depth.

  6. @cab: I agree that our team is not bad – but their passing (and lack thereof from Faf) let them down big time. For example, if Willie got a better pass off to Kolbe we would have scored at a crucial time. My key concern is our predictability – both on “attack” (forwards standing to receive ball from scrumhalve – if and when he does not kick) and defence (wings). Just count the number of times Pollard got the ball from the scrummie – I think it was less than 5 times in the whole game!!!!! How on earth can you play rugby like that? And the elephant in the room is the complete disappearing act of Kolisi – I am not sure when he will play his one good game out of 8, maybe against mighty Namibia?

  7. I think kolisi was a bit off the pace cos he’s just come back from injury. Suspect he will improve as the tournament goes on. Needs to get stuck in with his strong drives – I think Savea plays a lot like kolisi.