Wellington - The All Blacks carved up an
under-strength Springbok side to open their Tri-Nations account with an
emphatic 40-7 victory at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.
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They scored six tries to one in the runaway win as they exposed the inexperience of the South African line-up.
week after being humbled 39-20 by Australia, the Springboks slumped
even further as they found themselves comprehensively outplayed in the
forwards and could not cope with the speed and width of the All Black
The New Zealanders stepped up several levels with a far
more controlled performance from the decidedly rusty shake-down against
Fiji last week.
With 21 key players left at home because of
injury, the Springboks were always going to struggle, particularly in
the forwards where the more experienced All Blacks feasted on a regular
supply of turnover ball.
Springboks captain John Smit and
backrower Danie Rossouw worked tirelessly to provide some opposition in
the forwards but could not contain the All Blacks loose pairing of
Richie McCaw and Adam Thomson.
With conditions ripe for running
rugby, the All Blacks then focused on moving the ball wide where wings
Cory Jane and Zac Guildford scored two tries each, and prop Wyatt
Crockett also scored his try out towards the touchline.
four of the Springboks starting 15 having more than seven Test caps the
inexperience showed as the All Blacks raced to an 18-7 lead by halftime,
and added another 22 unanswered points in the second half.
In the process, McCaw overtook Smit as the most successful Test captain with his 52nd victory from 59 Tests.
was also a record-breaking outing for All Blacks pivot Dan Carter, who
suffered an off-night with the boot missing four shots at goal but still
contributed 10 points to become the top all-time points scorer in Test
rugby with 1204, nine clear of England's Jonny Wilkinson.
opened the scoring with an early penalty and the All Blacks stamped
their mark on the game soon after with two quick tries.
bagged the first when the Springboks ran out of defenders as the All
Blacks over-stretched them by repeatedly moving the ball from one side
of the field to the other.
From the restart, Ali Williams claimed
the ball uncontested, it was chipped over the Springbok backs where the
All Blacks were able to regather and Guildford scampered 40 metres to
South Africa enjoyed a brief period in control midway
through the half and scored their sole try when Morne Steyn turned down a
shot at goal from 38 metres and kicked for the corner.
the lineout and a series of forward drives eventually broke the All
Black defence with Smit crashing over near the posts for Steyn to
But they had little time to celebrate as the All Blacks
struck back with Jane breaking free down the right wing and stepping
around Steyn to score in the corner.
South Africa made an
aggressive start to the second half but they no sooner looked
threatening than they turned the ball over and promptly found themselves
a further seven points down.
Carter exposed the limited defence
on a long run which ended with Ma'a Nonu held up over the line in the
left corner. From the resulting scrum Jane was able to stroll across the
line unopposed on the right wing.
Guildford scored his second
try when Sonny Bill Williams came on as a midfield replacement and
created a hole with one of his trade-mark offloads.
The All Blacks rounded off their scoring with a planned backline move which put replacement Colin Slade over for a try.