It was the way test matches was always and should always be played between the All Blacks and the Springbok but perfect it was definitely not by the Boks when they beat the All Blacks 36-34.
The All Blacks outscored the Springboks by 6 tries to 5 and Beauden Barrett had one off that off days with the boot as well. It was the defensive effort that got the Springboks over the line and the passion and believe that sealed it.
After seven test matches under Rassie the Springboks just can not catch a break at the start of test matches. The All Blacks were able to squeeze two tries in the first few minutes to take a lead of 12-0
That brought back some awful memories from last years slaughter by the All Blacks but the Springboks had a plan and sticked to it.
With the brilliant defence they forced the All Blacks in making some ordinary mistakes which gave them field possession. Some brilliant hands from Willie Le Roux send Aphiwe Dyantyi over with no space out wide.
The set pieces was better although we did not compete or put any pressure on the All Blacks on their lineouts. We asked for a step up from Handre Pollard, Willie Le Roux and Faf de Klerk and they stepped up, big time.
Even when De Allende went off with a shoulder injury and Jantjies came on at ten with Pollard moving to twelve the Boks did not loose shape on defence or attack.
Jantjies were brilliant in Aphiwe Dyantyi second try and need to be given credit how he control the backline when he came on and his kicking out of hand was very good.
We missed a proper fetcher in the test and Erasmus will have to start looking further than Louw. Louw almost gave the game away with a knock on in the middle of the park which gave the All Blacks the ability to play that last four minutes on the Springboks line.
There also need to be put some more thought into Beast being used as an impact player. He did what he needed to do as a prop but in that last ten minutes you want impact not just average.
We need to get into a mode that we replace player with a better option for the situation not just for the fact of changing.
Warren Whiteley was again the one player that is not always given the credit for the massive work he does in the team. He raked second in tackles made and third in dominant tackles. He made 25 tackles in the match missing only 1.
Pieter Steph du Toit is an absolute monster and his emotions shown after the match just show how much the big man put in this test. He is made 30 tackles in the test missed only 2.
The so called small wings with Le Roux at fullback showed that they can become world class. Kriel had one of his best test matches we show with even Kolbe climing into the tackle in that second half.
We knew when Aphiwe Dyantyi come on the scene for the Lions that he will become a special player and he showed us today that he is more than just a wing that can score tries with open space and speed.
He will become a Springbok legend as the likes of Habana.
If you look past the losses you will see that the Springboks did not do much different that what they have been doing in the last two losses, they just converted the opportunities that come their way on the day.
The fact actually is that they even in this test left some points on the field which they should have taken.
There is that saying that ‘Rome was not build in one day’ and that is how we need to see this win. It is a great achievement to firstly put five tries against New Zealand, even more so in New Zealand but these once off wins is not what we want we need consistency.
The first question that comes to mind why could we not do it in the last two test?
We need to start seeing consistency in selection and they way we approach and play test rugby.
We can enjoy this win but the All Blacks does not suddenly become bad after one close win the same as the Springboks does not suddenly become world beaters after one win.
For a change highlights we can enjoy
|Barrett, Smith, Ioane(2), Taylor,Savie||Dyantyi(2), Le Roux, Marx, Kolbe|
The carrot rating will at-least be a bit more enjoyable this week.
Here is what the SupperSport Studio had to say after the match
#Springboks arriving at hotel after BEATING #AllBlacks #NZLvRSA #RugbyChampionship #Bokke #boks @GwijoSquad @Deme80537610 @Slipcatch @Official_Bozza @TheOldEgg @oldmannato @Oom_Rugby @theyellowcap @SARugbyChick @RugbyGirl411 @Springboks @MotshidisiM @iamSivN @SimonBorchardt 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/unyBiPivTD
— @sa_rugga_fans 🇿🇦 (@BOK_FANS_NZ) September 15, 2018
The Vodacom U19 Blue Bulls celebrating the Springboks epic 36-34 win over the All Blacks in Wellington before their match against the Cell C U19 Sharks. Congratulations gentlemen. We are proud of you. pic.twitter.com/r2udqr7Xii
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) September 15, 2018