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Castle Rugby Championship – All Blacks take 100th test with late Barrett penalty


The All Blacks took the spoils in the 100th test match as they did in the first one back in 1921 when they beat the Springboks 19-17 on Saturday with a late penalty from Jordie Barrett.

It as a tight affair as expected and the Springboks put the All Blacks under plenty of pressure throughout the match which force far more mistakes from them than what we have seen so far this year.

The Springboks just made too many mistakes on attack and kicked crucial great attacking ball away with no result. At the end they will have to go and admit again that they did not execute the way they should have against am All Black side who was struggling in the game with the pressure.

The All Blacks had the perfect start after a nonsense kick form the Springboks saw they broke through the middle and it was Jordan that found space to run in the first try of the match.

The Springboks however answered back immediately with a high kick by Faf which Bridge was unable to gather and it was Nkosi who got his hands on the bouncing ball to get over. Pollard missed the conversion which had the All Blacks still leading 7-5.

The referee did not stand for any of the block runners with the kick chase and Pollard punished the All Backs to give the Springboks the lead for the first time. He got another over minutes later tho extend that lead to 11-7.

The Springboks got into their stride and defensively they were good enough to stop the All Black attack. The All Blacks did found space from the high kick when the Springbok missed that first tackle which put huge pressure on their defence.

The Springbok kicking game was spot on as the first half went on with the All Blacks struggling to control it.

The All Blacks finally got their dangerous backs going form a great scrum and forced a penalty deep in the Springboks half which Barrett kicked over to make it a one point game after 31 minutes.

The All Blacks took the lead after Nkosi was given a yellow card for a knock down with Barrett kicking over the penalty.

The All Blacks put plenty of pressure on the Springboks as they tried to capitalise on Nkosi in the bin but the Springboks defence was immense to say the least.

The Springboks started to control the game well and showed some more energy which was good to see.

It was a good period for the Springboks as their defence force more mistakes with the All Blacks attack and it was Pollard that kicked the first points of the second half to put the Boks back in the lead.

Barrett quickly got the men in black back in the lead with a penalty of his own. It was a tight affair with both teams loosing points every time they gave penalties away. This time around Pollard gave the Boks the lead back again at 17-16.

The game went down to the boot of Jordie Barrett with 3 minutes to go kicked a long range kick to seal the win for the All Blacks at the end.

The Springboks will again look back at all the mistakes and really poor execution with even worst kicking game when they were on attack deep in the All Blacks twenty two.

At the end that sealed the Championship for the All Blacks for 2021 as well with the Springboks left to lick their woods yet again.


All Blacks: Tries – Will Jordan Conversions – Jordie Barrett(4)

Springboks: Tries – Sbu Nkosi Penalties – Handre Pollard(4)

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