Rugby Championship

Boks' All Blacks defeat 3rd worst - in 95 years!

2016-09-17 20:00
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Cape Town - The 92nd Test between the All Blacks and Springboks in Christchurch on Saturday, sadly, from a South African point of view, once again rewrote the record books for all the wrong reasons.

As it happened: All Blacks 41-13 Springboks

Rugby's fiercest foes first clashed on August 13, 1921 in Dunedin (New Zealand won 13-5) - some 95 years ago.

Saturday's Rugby Championship clash saw the All Blacks run rampant in the second half, scoring six tries in a convincing 41-13 victory.

The lopsided 28-point margin of victory tied the third biggest in those 92 clashes to date.

In the 52nd match between the two sides (in the 1999 Tri-Nations in Dunedin), the All Blacks won 28-0 in Dunedin as Nick Mallett's team were held scoreless after a forgettable display in particular by halfback pairing Dave von Hoesslin and Gaffie du Toit.

In the 61st match, during the 2003 Tri-Nations, the All Blacks recorded their biggest victory on South African soil - to date - embarrassing the Boks 52-16 (36-point margin) at Loftus Versfeld during Rudolph Straeuli's reign at the helm.

In the 82nd match, during the 2011 Tri-Nations, the All Blacks were once again at their imperious best at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, thrashing Peter de Villiers' side 40-7 (33-point margin).

The Springboks' biggest margin of victory remains 17 points, when Phil Mostert's 1928 team won 17-0 at Kingsmead in Durban in the fourth Test between the sides.

The overall record now reads: Played 92, All Blacks 54, South Africa 35, Draws 3.

Current Springbok coach Allister Coetzee now "boasts" the unenviable "record" of overseeing South Africa's first ever home defeat to Ireland, the Springboks' first defeat to Argentina in Argentina and now the third-worst defeat to New Zealand.

The two sides will clash for a 93rd time in Durban on Saturday, October 8.

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