Rugby Championship

All over: Final Rugby Championship table

2018-10-07 09:04
All Blacks (Gallo Images)
All Blacks (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Two remarkable comebacks saw the 2018 Rugby Championship draw to an riviting conclusion on Saturday.

READ: 11 staggering stats that will have you baffled as to how the Springboks lost!

At Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, the All Blacks found themselves 30-13 down with just 18 minutes left on the clock.

But thanks to three late tries - two of which were converted - the reigning world champions scored the final 19 points of the match to snatch a 32-30 win to break the hearts of the vast majority of the sold-out 50 000-strong crowd.

Then over in Salta, Argentina, the Wallabies were battered and bruised at 31-7 down at half-time against the Pumas, only to score five second half tries and run out 45-34 winners to ease the mounting pressure on under-fire coach, Michael Cheika.

When all was said and down, the All Blacks picked up 25 log points after 5 victories and a single defeat (memorably to the Boks in Wellington).

The Boks finished second, a yawning 10 points adrift after a 3-3 record, while the Wallabies' win in South America saw them leap-frog Argentina and finish third with 9 points.

The Pumas were once again the wooden-spoonists on 8 points, the sixth time in the seven editions of the Rugby Championship that they have brought up the rear.

Similarly, the All Blacks now boast six Rugby Championship titles, and a staggering 16 overall (Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship) wins in 23 years since the first tournament back in 1996.

For those fans with good memories, the Boks have three tournament wins to their name, the last of which came in 2009, having previously won in 1998 and 2004.

PICTURES: Springboks, All Blacks show mutual respect for one another after Loftus thriller

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