It was another epic test that people will talk about for years to come. A humdinger of note as the lead chanced throughout the game with neither team able to stay in control for long enough periods to stretch the scoreboard. The best we have seen the Springboks played all year and it was a drop goal and penalty form Elton Jantjies that sealed a 31-29 win for the Springboks.
The whole team stood up today and gave everything and it showed on the scoreboard to play 80 minutes and take a win against the All Blacks.
Was a good start from the Springboks mixing their play up with a high kick, forward drive and playing it out wide high forced an early penalty for Pollard to go for points but he pushed it out wide.
WIth the Springboks in the New Zealand half they put huge pressure on with their defence and a mistake from the men in black saw Am with a magic pass to Nkosi who send De Allende over for the first try of the test.
The All Blacks replied immediately with a penalty form Barrett to reduce the lead to 5-3.
The Springboks again put the All Blacks under pressure and from a penalty Pollard knocked the kick over to extend the Springboks lead but then a mistake from Le Roux gave the All Blacks attacking opportunity and Reece got over from a Barrett cross kick.
That level the score at 8-all.
The Springboks was giving the All Blacks a run for their money with great attacking play and put them under huge pressure stealing their lineouts, breaking their defensive lines and getting over the advantage line with ease. From a lineout steal by Etzebeth Mbonambi almost got over but just came up short of the line.
The Springboks kept causing all short of problems for the All Blacks with their attacking play and forced another penalty in the middle of the field which Pollard knocked over for the lead of 11-8.
The All Blacks had their opportunities on attack but the great defence from the Springboks forced them to make handling errors to turnover possession again
The All Blacks then started to control things for the next few minutes and put the Springboks under pressure with quick ball. It was Barrett that got through the middle of the Springboks defence to send Savea over for a try and the lead of 15-11.
There was then some controversy when a clear knock from the lineout was missed by officials and TMO which given Webber a steal of a try after Etzebeth could not secure the ball five meters out.
That extended the All blacks lead to 20-11 just before halftime but it as the Springboks that ended the half strong and got a penalty which Pollard knocked over to send the teams into he break with the All Blacks leading 20-14
It was a good start to the second half for the Springboks as they forced a scrum penalty which gave them field position and another penalty which Pollard knocked over to reduce the lead again.
The Springboks then had Frans Steyn on the field which took full advantage of the 50/22 rule which gave the Springboks great attacking opportunity and it was interplay between the forwards and back that saw Mapimpi going over for the lead.
Again on attack and another penalty saw Jantjies kicked the ball over to extend the lead to 25-20.
There was then some 50/50 decisions starting to go the All Blacks way which saw Barrett kick a long penalty over to reduce the lead.
It was a arm wrestle at note for the last 10 minutes with both teams trying their best and it looked like the All Blacks had snatch the win again when Barrett put them in the lead but the Springboks came right back at them and a drop kick from Elton gave the Springboks the lead again.
Just as you thought that the Springboks done enough the All Blacks again got a dodgy penalty which Barrett gave them the lead again with a minute to go.
There was then another controversial decision from the referee when he judges Elton Jantjies kick off did not go 10 meters.
That gave the All Blacks a scrum and they started to play the clock down which was huge mistakes as Vermeulen stole the ball for a penalty which Steyn kicked for the corner. From the lineout the Springboks controlled the ball and after the hooter the penalty came for Elton Jantjies to seal the win
And just for the Boks supporters who had to see three straight losses take a bit of this ending.
Springboks: Tries – Damien De Allende Penalties – Handre Pollard(4)
All Blacks: Tries – Sevu Reece, Ardie Savea, Brad Webber Conversions – Jordie Barrett Penalties – Jordie Barrett(2)
Rugby Championship 2021