Kurt-Lee Arendse and Willie le Roux rating tries, with Handre Pollard including three penalties and a drop-goal because the Springboks registered their greatest win over the All Blacks for 94 years; New Zealand lose third Check in a row (Eire, Eire, South Africa) for first time since 1998
By Michael Cantillon
Final Up to date: 06/08/22 6:51pm
A dominant show – at set-piece and in touch – noticed South Africa kick off their 2022 Rugby Championship marketing campaign with a 26-10 win over New Zealand – the primary time since 1998 the All Blacks have misplaced three Checks in a row.
Defeat in Mbombela to the Springboks follows successive house losses to Eire for New Zealand which got here of their 2-1 collection defeat final month.
They fell to a 19-3 deficit in South Africa on Saturday as Boks wing Kurt-Lee Arendse scored early – his first Check attempt – off an exquisite Lukhanyo Am offload.
Fly-half Handre Pollard added three penalties and a drop-goal, both aspect of a Jordie Barrett penalty for the All Blacks, earlier than Arendse was red-carded late on for a horrendous sort out on Beauden Barrett within the air.
The All Blacks notched their solely attempt within the restricted time that remained, as substitute Shannon Frizell reached out to attain following an outstanding Caleb Clark break, but it surely was South Africa who would have the ultimate say.
A woeful error from Frizell simply exterior his personal 22 noticed him spill the ball again in the direction of his personal tryline, the place substitute Willie le Roux took the present to kick on and rating.
All Blacks head coach Ian Foster will come below ever-increasing stress for his job within the wake of one other New Zealand defeat, with former Eire coach Joe Schmidt probably ready within the wings to take over.
South Africa and New Zealand meet once more in Johannesburg in per week’s time, reside on Sky Sports activities, the place something aside from an All Blacks victory will seemingly see Foster compelled out of his job, regardless of the subsequent Rugby World Cup in France being simply 13 months away from beginning.
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“The Springboks threw a hell of loads at us, we did fairly properly to soak up it but it surely took loads out of us. They saved making use of stress, particularly on the breakdown and that disrupted a number of our circulation,” All Blacks captain Cane added.
“Had been bitterly disillusioned, it actually hurts. We should get higher on the breakdown and the contestables (within the air). I cant ask any extra of the group when it comes to the assumption and the hassle. It’s simply small margins at this stage.”