Wow! What a turnaround by the Springboks!
After being in the depths of despair in losing to Argentina and Australia, Siya Kolisi’s men did the unthinkable by beating the All Blacks 36-34 in their Rugby Championship showdown at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.
The Boks scored five tries to the six of the New Zealanders, but it was Handre Pollard’s goal-kicking that proved to be the difference in the end as he slotted four conversions and a penalty, while Beauden Barrett missed several kicks at goal.
But it was the attitude of the South Africans that was totally different to the previous weeks as they appeared to have the greater hunger and determination on the day.
They recorded a historic first win over the All Blacks in New Zealand since 2009, when they won 32-29 in Hamilton.
More to follow…
All Blacks 34 – Tries: Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith, Rieko Ioane (2), Codie Taylor, Ardie Savea. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (2).
Springboks 36 – Tries: Aphiwe Dyantyi (2), Willie le Roux, Malcolm Marx, Cheslin Kolbe. Conversions: Handre Pollard (4). Penalty: Pollard (1).