New Zealand’s Samuel Whitelock and South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen take action during the lineout REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
JOHANNESBURG: Center David Habili and lock Scott Barrett scored late tries as New Zealand beat South Africa 35-23 in Saturday’s Rugby Championship match at Ellis Park to coach Ian Foster. relieved the pressure of
Captain Sam Kane and hooker Samisoni Taukeiaho also scored tries in what is considered a famous victory as the All Blacks silenced a crowd of 61,519 and lost five of their previous six Tests. claimed.
The Springboks weren’t as cool as last week’s 26-10 win over the visitors as they scored tries through sublime center Lucaño Am and winger Makazar Mapimpi, but a much improved opponent. faced with
Whether this win will be enough to save Foster’s job depends on New Zealand’s preparations to host Argentina in their next Rugby Championship match on 27 August, while Bok is on the same day. It will be revealed in the future as they move to play against Australia.
Under scrums, breakdowns and highballs, the All Blacks excelled in all areas where they struggled seven days earlier in Nelspruit.
“Proud to say the least is an understatement,” Kane said in his post-match presentation. “Adversity really challenges your character and this group has it. This is the hardest place in the world. , so we had to get some parts of the game right.
“We did better in the breakdown and handled contestables well. We defended Maul well. That’s what test footing is all about, getting the little things right to build pressure.
It took New Zealand up to 25 minutes to open the score on penalties, but then the visitors accelerated to a 15–0 lead.
They held the ball from Caleb Clarke’s break, Kane crossed the corner and Taukeiaho stormed in from close range after constant pressure.
However, Amu put in a big push to beat off a tackle on Clarke to score, and fly-half Handre Pollard landed a penalty from 55 yards to make it 15–10 through Highveld’s air. break down.
The teams traded penalties before Bok scored his second try. Malcolm Marx’s trademark steal at the breakdown saw Damian Willemse float a long pass and Mapimpi cross the corner.
Bok took the lead for the first time in the 68th minute after Boden Barrett received a yellow card for tackling scrum-half Jayden Hendrikse without the ball in 22 seconds of his own half.
However, the All Blacks produced a big finish despite the man-down as Habili and Barrett took the win by points.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said: “The game was fast in the first half and we weren’t able to come up with a game plan.
“Could have done more there. They did it because they knew it only took a few seconds to count it. Congratulations to them.”