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All Blacks break Bok hearts

2010-08-21 17:48

Soweto - New Zealand clinched the Tri-Nations title on Saturday after captain Richie McCaw and substitute Israel Dagg scored tries in the last two minutes to beat South Africa 29-22.

The match, the first major game of rugby to be played in Soweto, was staged at the same venue that hosted last month's soccer World Cup final. A record crowd of over 90 000 were in attendance.

The All Blacks trailed 22-17 as they launched wave after wave of attacks and McCaw forced his way over in the left corner, the try only being awarded after a lengthy review by the television match official Shaun Veldsman.

Flyhalf Dan Carter, who only succeeded with five of his nine kicks at goal, hacked the touchline conversion wide to leave the scores at 22-22.

But the All Blacks then won the kick-off and powerful centre Ma'a Nonu muscled his way through midfield before firing out a long pass for replacement wing Dagg to run over the line unopposed, Carter kicking the conversion.

The visitors had played most of the rugby, dominating possession and constantly probing with their ball-in-hand approach.

But the Springboks produced a passionate defensive performance, were far more accurate at the breakdowns and remained in front thanks to the faultless goal-kicking of flyhalf Morne Steyn, who scored five penalties and a conversion.

New Zealand now have 23 points and have won the Tri-Nations for the 10th time in 15 years with a game to spare. Defending champions South Africa have now lost four matches in a row.

The Springboks showed in the first half that they can still use the type of rugby that led them to glory last year as they pulled away for a 16-9 lead after 31 minutes.

Rookie scrumhalf Francois Hougaard's excellent kicking and fielding of returns from the All Blacks set up two early penalties for Steyn after Carter had opened the scoring for New Zealand in the fifth minute with a penalty.

The 22-year-old, making his first test start, also sparked several attacks and earned another penalty in the 31st minute when wing Joe Rokocoko was ruled to have taken him out off the ball as he chased his own chip-kick.

Juan Smith, who added tremendous steel to the Springbok defence, stole a New Zealand lineout in the 24th minute, leading to fellow flank Schalk Burger forcing his way over for the home side's only try.

Carter punished ruck mistakes by centre Juan de Jongh and lock Victor Matfield before the All Blacks tidied up loose ball in their own half, recycled possession and engineered a large overlap on the right.

Prop Tony Woodcock took the final pass and sauntered over for the try, allowing New Zealand to close to 14-16 at the break.

It was the Springboks who dominated the early exchanges in the second half, Steyn kicking penalties in the 42nd and 61st minutes to extend the lead to 22-14 in front of a delirious crowd but New Zealand's late flourish saw them home.

It was an unfortunate ending for South African captain John Smit who was celebrating his 100th test appearance.

Scorers:

South Africa -
Try: Schalk Burger. Conversion: Morne Steyn. Penalties: Steyn (5).
New Zealand -
Tries: Tony Woodcock, Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg. Conversion: Dan Carter. Penalties: Carter (4).

Springboks – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 François Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Butch James, 22 Wynand Olivier.

All Blacks – 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 John Afoa, 18 Samuel Whitelock, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Israel Dagg.

 

Reuters

Comments
  • rough - 2010-08-21 18:57

    amazing game! awesome result for lil old NZ yet again. Tenth title!! ALL BLACK POWER woooooo hoooooo!

  • dddddd - 2010-08-21 18:59

    hahahaha oh wait NZ cheated didn't they? the ref was on their side, and Richie McCaw cheated all day and didn't get a yellow card, booo hooo

  • Robbie - 2010-08-21 19:04

    Another aspect of South Africa that the ANC has taken care of. Their useless idiotic appointed coach is a disgrace to rugby at that level and the sooner he buggers off the better. How on earth does anyone expect that a team of Springbok rugby palyers will respect a midget with a big moustache that looks like he belongs in a Pink Panther movie??

  • kiwimagic - 2010-08-21 19:04

    well done boys!!! a record 10 titles that will never be beaten! to win at a stadium like that and the boks playing like they did is a huge effort. Huge

  • SA4lyfe - 2010-08-21 19:04

    omg forward pass waaaaaa waaaaaa we got cheated again, thats it lets definately leave the world and play rugby on the moon. man its lucky the ref didnt see how we were offside all night :) unlucky boys, almost won.

  • SS - 2010-08-21 19:04

    What a test match!! Congratulations to the Springboks for contributing to a magnificent old-style test match: this new Springboks team will be more than a handful for the Wallabies. We'll see just how good Quaid Cooper really is when he's under the hammer: quite frankly, I think he's way over-rated, and the ARU should tell him to f_off to league. The ABs showed that they are a true 80-minute team: they never gave up, and even our one-eyed Saffie friends will have to acknowledge that the ABs thoroughly deserved their win.

  • Kiwi - 2010-08-21 19:06

    Walk in the park really.....

  • Count them tries - 2010-08-21 19:08

    5 - 1 World champions my @ss

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-08-21 19:08

    Wie kan die SWART MASJIEN stop???? Daar is nie meer plek in die BOK SPAN vir Victor, JP, John Smith, Morne en Pierre spies. They are HAS BEENS!!!! Bring on Bismarck, Lambie, Duanne en Andries Bekker PLEASE!!!!

  • ALL BLACK - 2010-08-21 19:10

    PLEEEZE NO BLAME SHIFTING ..NO REFS...ALL BLACKS GREATEST EVER..TRI-NATION CHAMPIONS 10 TIMES...WINNING THE BLESBOKKE IN THEIR ON TERRITORY HA HA HA!!!

  • jay - 2010-08-21 19:10

    ref's need to be investigated by auditors and police! Whole game was clear of this requirement. Also plse coach, don't send good players off in last 20min, it ALWAYS costs us points!

  • demoerin - 2010-08-21 19:10

    :it should read: blind incompetent blatantly biased refs cost SA amazing victory - get you facts straight please...

  • marco - 2010-08-21 19:11

    Wow what now for disheartened South africa?

  • Mike JJ from SHARKLAND - 2010-08-21 19:12

    THE WORLDS WORST REF ... McCAW DID NOT DESERVE A TRY - FWD PASS B4 THIS, AND REF AND LINESMAN MISSED IT !!! HOW & WHY ?? P DE V WAS RIGHT - THERE IS A CONSPIRACY - THE ABs GOT AWAY WITH MURDER (PITY IS WAS NOT THE REF!!)

  • kudobok - 2010-08-21 19:12

    blame PDV, why on eath did he bring off the main men juan smith and francoois hougaard???why the hell did he do that? that cost the boks the game...this guy always makes his pathetic usless substitutions...francois louw that came on for juan smith is a donkey that oak is uselss....

  • Ohdear - 2010-08-21 19:12

    This ref tried his utmost to give the Boks a victory. The worst biased refereeing in a long time, bordering on the ridiculous. But the AB class came through and they never moaned.

  • BradMan4RSA - 2010-08-21 19:13

    Boks we proud of you, Ur back!!! Little mistakes that cost & again officials that seemed to miss too much??? U still world champs!!! Mzanzi is behind you all the way!!!!

  • DropHabana - 2010-08-21 19:13

    Bryan Habana was the All Black's best player. Why does no one notice that he continues to break the defensive line time and again, in the hopes of pulling off an unlikely intercept. I first noticed this 3 years ago in the Super 14 when Joost alluded that for every try Habana scores, he concedes two. Does anyone have access to statistics comparing how many tries are scored on Habana's wing compared to the other wing?

  • Pikkie - 2010-08-21 19:13

    Come people, let's stand together and get rid of PdV!!! Look at how he missed that last tackle and cost us the game!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ohdear - 2010-08-21 19:14

    This ref tried his utmost to give the Boks a victory. The worst biased refereeing in a long time, bordering on the ridiculous. But the AB class came through and they never moaned.

  • Diedie - 2010-08-21 19:14

    Almost boys. You played well, and I know that it will only get better from here on. Just hope the guys will manage in future to play at the same intensity for 80 mins. I'm very interested to hear what the naysayers have to say. Hopefully it will not be with the usual cancerous attitude that threatens our dear nationhood.

  • AB supporter - 2010-08-21 19:15

    Springboks choked hahahaha

  • tyrone peach - 2010-08-21 19:16

    the AB will always win with an extra 3 players, the lines men are blind the ref in a knob. Wish he was taken out properly.

  • Colin - 2010-08-21 19:18

    It is time to bring back Jake White. There is no way possible the Boks have a chance of winning the RWC 2011 with De Villiers. If he truly loves SA Rugby then he would do the honourable thing and step down for Jake to take over. The writing is on the wall, DV is not a RWC coach. Please step down and let us get our mission on the road to retaining the RWC.

  • Markie - 2010-08-21 19:18

    The All Blacks were lucky to win this thanks to the REF again and again and again missing a blatant forward pass, which allowed the AB back into the game, maybe the REF lost his sences after being flattened. The BOKS should have won, deserved it. Why was Richie once again not yellow carded for playing Schalk on the ground after the whistle was blown. I am not a sore looser because the AB clearly were better in the previous 3 games. They are peaking early once again. Go on Boks, WIN THE WORLD CUP AGAIN IN 2011.

  • kiwifan - 2010-08-21 19:19

    hard done by bokke, great to see you finally match wits with the all blacks, apart from the forward pass which marred an awesome win. Looking forward to seeing you bringing it to NZ next year... Respect. Still not a big fan of your coach, your talent otherwise is something to be admired, As for the ref, i would have to say the ref definately favoured the homeside.

  • FIJI - 2010-08-21 19:19

    A really test for Once! Boks unlucky , Carter off day with boot . A few ref call went against the Bok , One in particualy the Mc Caw try there was a front pass before it got to Richie rught in front of the Touch judge? Thats Rugby I quess...... Smit Congrat , But Time to retire.

  • Rugbyman - 2010-08-21 19:20

    They say it is poor to blame the ref's, but this is was pathetic!! This poor idiots blowing the Currie Cup can do better than this!

  • Burnt - 2010-08-21 19:24

    Huge awesome croud, fantastic play by all, until......'Januarie' comes on, the coach needs to be had up for treason.

  • Tabile - 2010-08-21 19:26

    I am proud of you All Blacks! Show them how the game is played........

  • DropHabana - 2010-08-21 19:26

    Oh, I meant how many tries have been conceded on Habana's wing SINCE HE STARTED PLAYING FOR THE BOKS- compared to the other wing (not just the last few games). We don't need individuals hunting for glory. Stay on your wing, hold the line. It's unsurprising that the Boks have a poor defensive record. I'm not even going to mention that we miss the most tackles of all the top national sides in the game.

  • Lamporhues - 2010-08-21 19:27

    Well done to New Zealand True Champion team!!!! hope you win the world cup in style! I am a South Africa supporter and must say that was a great game of rugby but deep down i am disappointed with the way the springbok played they are simple not fit enough for this type of rugby to fat and lazy!! secondly you can see they have no idea of counter rucking for this style of rugby, THE CONDATIONING COACH SHOULD BE SACK AND THE REST OF THE OTHER COACHES AS WELL!!!

  • James - 2010-08-21 19:28

    The All Blacks did not break the Bok's hearts. We were once again the victim of Northern Hemisphere blind refs. My highlight of the game was when that stupid Irish 16th All Black on the field got injured. However, I would have appreciated it more if he was carried of the field with a broken neck.

  • JimB - 2010-08-21 19:30

    Unlucky to lose - Nigel Owen had a good first half and an abysmal second half, once again failing to penalise McCaw and failing to spot a blatant forward pass leading to the All-Blacks try. Really ruined a great rugby match

  • DropHabana - 2010-08-21 19:32

    Drop John Smit too. He's had his 100 games-the selectors did him a favour sticking with him this long. He has not been the best hooker in SA for a very long time (at least the last 5 years). We need to get rid of has-beens who are riding the wave of their former glory (that includes Januarie and James). And put Habana on the bench where the quota's belong (read: Ralepelle).

  • GT - 2010-08-21 19:34

    Pity about this, good overall turnaround, but "blind" Refs and linesmen (foreward passes - at least 2 which had scores) and some really dubious or ill-advised substitutions! (Smit, Hougaard, and a winger who wasnt even in the game barring one tackle!, and late in the game coudnt even run properly anymore?? HE should have been substituted- - shades of Lions coaching/management team performance again>?)

  • Bokke - 2010-08-21 19:34

    I can't anymore... The Boks always make you believe, then lose. How can we lose lose test at "altitude' in the last ten minutes, when it is meant to be the other side that is getting tired in the last 20 minutes....... Please, lets panic ! Seriously, lets panic properly and put an actual plan in place before the world cup or the Boks will be first round knock outs like bafana bafana. We will win next week against Oz as, the Ozzies cant get off a plane and beat anybody and then in the second game against them we will will lose... Then rest players at the end of year tour and hope for the best at the world cup... Why ? Why ? Why ?

  • Bokke - 2010-08-21 19:35

    I can't anymore... The Boks always make you believe, then lose. How can we lose lose test at "altitude' in the last ten minutes, when it is meant to be the other side that is getting tired in the last 20 minutes....... Please, lets panic ! Seriously, lets panic properly and put an actual plan in place before the world cup or the Boks will be first round knock outs like bafana bafana. We will win next week against Oz as, the Ozzies cant get off a plane and beat anybody and then in the second game against them we will will lose... Then rest players at the end of year tour and hope for the best at the world cup... Why ? Why ? Why ?

  • Jakes - 2010-08-21 19:36

    Well deserved loss. Now everybody is going to blame the ref for forward pass, what about Burgers try, tackled 5m from goalline, still score try ???

  • allan - 2010-08-21 19:42

    ROBBED!!! THE LAST 2 AGAINST NEW ZEALAND WE LOST END OF STORY . TODAY WE WERE ROBBED .SO FORWARD WAS RICHIES TRY IT WAS A JOKE .IT IS NOT OFTEN I AGREE WITH PETER DEVILLIERS BUT NOW I MUST AGREE THERE IS ANOTHER AGENDA BETWEEN REFS AND THE SPRINGBOKS

  • carl 101 - 2010-08-21 19:43

    great game best team won all blacks are in a class of their own,until South africa get rid of PDV unfortunately no future triumphs for them

  • gato - 2010-08-21 19:44

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!! HOME GAMES SHOULD BE WON? - springbok rugby is not about smit and his personal achievements. i admire what he brought to the game but in my opinion he should have been retired end of 2009. he has probably missed more tackels in the tri-nations than any other player. after about 30 minutes he was allready walking around, getting up very slowly etc. the tackle that he missed (because he was exzausted) in the last minute was the final straw that cost us the game. besides this missed tackle, the other players had to put so much more work in to cover for him. ALSO, habana has been coming off his line again and again???? - the mccaw try is another example of how it can cost you if you dont stay in line and mark your man. homeground advantage - if we cant beat them here, remember they scored over 30 points against us in both tests in nz as well as the aussies (defence?), what chance do we have in nz next year unless we change a few things. on a positive note - juan smith - what a revelation - my man of the match - hougaardt, brilliant performance - aplon, great game - de jongh, brilliant and gutsy, flip vd merwe ""bloody"" excellent!!!!!!! schalk put ion a lot of work again... THOSE WHO THOUHT THAT THESE ""YOUNGSTERS"" WONT PERFORM, THINK AGAIN - MAYBE IT IS TIME TO CHANGE A FEW OTHER PLAYERS LIKE HABANA AND SMIT?

  • Kiwis from Perth - 2010-08-21 19:45

    Fantastic Brilliant All Blacks. Yeah there may have been a forward pass in McCaw's try, but the all blacks were the winners on the day, You Beauty.

  • old stuff - 2010-08-21 19:45

    Nothing new from the boks, old style play All Heart and no skills. When will RSA coaches learn that all heart cannot win a game a of rugby against top teams. OUT with MATFIELD, APLON, JANUARIE and STEYN. Sorry guys Steyn is a great kicker but rugby is about creation , zero creation from steyn. The All Blacks retain the ball and USE the ball. Boks win the ball and kick it away??? The only skills the bok showed was tackle everything that moves but eventually the dam wall burst. Next year is going to be worse if we keep the old donkies in the side. We learn very very slowly

  • ed - 2010-08-21 19:46

    This Tri-Nations thing is leaving a very bad taste in many straight thinking South Africans and I don't know why the hell we put ourselves through all this K@K and not just pull out of the damn thing completely.Why do we still play rugby even after SARU said recently in real time that they don't even wanna be part of SANZAR any longer.Sadly we've become the laughing stock of the rugby world at the minute with potentially going through this year's tournament without a single win or point in the offing.Will it really be so dissapointing if we we're to quit the Tri-Nations alltogether?What do we lose if we did pull out that we can't make up for somewhere else in doing something else we've got nothing to lose in the end and it would save the country any further shamefull embarressment.

  • Emile - 2010-08-21 19:50

    Schalk Burger was pathetic!!! But today, the old Schalk was finally back and what a difference he and Juan Smith made. A 100% improvement and suddenly Pierre Spies was also playing like we know he can. Sorry for the Bokke, but to be All Blacks was the better team on the day. Just shows you when the Ref is at least 80% fair, the Boks will always have a chance. So who lost the game for us? That f@#k they call a coach !!!! Why on mother fu#@in earth did he replace Juan Smith and Hougaardt. Louw and Fat Ass January did absolutely nothing and we lost all composure the moment those two substitutions were made. Smith and Hougaardt made a huge impact on the game right until the moment that fu@# of a coach started with his poor substituting skills again. PDV must be the biggest asshole coach in world rugby. I blam him 100% for this loss. The All Blacks might have been better, but the Boks played with the guts of old and would probably have pulled this one through if PDV didn't make those asshole substitutions. How are we ever gonna get rid of January and please send Louw back to Currie Cup rugby. He is not ready for Test Rugby and it has nothing to do with provincialism. The centre combination also didn't work (again). Maybe Jaques Fourie will make a difference when he returns. Both centres did good things and both slipped up a couple of times, but they certainly didn't click as a combination. The All Black found too many gaps between our centres and only thanks to great cover from Matfield, Burger, Spies and Smith did we prevent them from scoring several tries. Yes, the Ref did miss a few thing, but at least he gave both teams more or less an equal chance. The clear forward pass (McCaw's try) was a touch judge mistake and maybe that was the one mistake that really cost us the game. All Blacks were great, but the Boks are back and so is Schalk Burger. I gave him lots of stick this year and to be honest he deserved it. Today, it is may turn to say - welcome back Schalk!!!

  • Robin - 2010-08-21 19:53

    the biggest impediment wasnt on the field, was the coach himself. PvD tampers with a winning combination as he did with the first Lions test last year - this time we paid for that. The guy has no idea, cannot have any reason for takin the best Bok player on the frield off - Juan Smith - I wonder if PvD is betting against his own team behind the scenes - 5 mins from the end bring up Januarie , for what ... this team faces a complete annihalation during the entite TriN - how we close came today doesn't matter, senseless, mindless decisions. In the 2007 WC final they kept the ball amongst the fwds during the last minutes. Where was that strategy now ? poor, poor leadership from JS

  • Robin - 2010-08-21 19:55

    the biggest impediment wasnt on the field, was the coach himself. PvD tampers with a winning combination as he did with the first Lions test last year - this time we paid for that. The guy has no idea, cannot have any reason for takin the best Bok player on the frield off - Juan Smith - 5 mins from the end bring up Januarie , for what ... this team faces a complete annihalation during the entite TriN - how we close came today doesn't matter, senseless, mindless decisions. In the 2007 WC final they kept the ball amongst the fwds during the last minutes. Where was that strategy now ? poor, poor leadership from JS

  • Werner - 2010-08-21 20:00

    Time for the 'fisherman' to go...

  • phil - 2010-08-21 20:04

    Someone made a very valid point: why are all the coloured players in the team "Coloured"? And good black (Beast) players are left out of the team? It must be coincidence... However, De Jongh, Steenkamp and Aplon played well and Habana, Pietersen are very good on a good day, so happy. However, Januarie (and previously Rose) do not belong there. On today's game. Hougaard: good, Smith: good, Spies better, etc. A few errors cost us. However, ref missed fwd pass, obstruction at kickoff, players being taken out off the ball. Now the big question: will McCaw be cited for gouging? And one of the props for the shouldercharge on De Jong (ala Botha on Jones...)?

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