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Saturday, October 05, 2013

All Blacks claim the Rugby Championship after epic battle with the Springboks

The Springboks knew what was needed to claim the Rugby Championship, and achieved part of the mammoth task by scoring a four try bonus point, but conceded five in what was a thrilling game of rugby, won 38-27 by the All Blacks in the end.

New Zealand won at Ellis Park for the first time in 16 years as they not only beat their greatest rivals away from home, but claimed another Rugby Championship title, going unbeaten all season.

They started the better of the two sides with a brilliant early try to prolific tryscorer Ben Smith. The Springboks then bounced back with two great tries of their own, finished well by Bryan Habana. 

First it was Duane Vermeulen that put Habana away, then Francois Louw with an excellent pass before the speedy winger chipped the covering defence. Habana pulled up shortly after that with a hamstring injury, leaving the field on 52 Test tries.

Liam Messam crossed for the All Blacks after a strong build up, and also made a decisive blow just before halftime, after South Africa had attempted to run the ball out from their own 22.

Messam was later yellow carded for slowing the ball down, as was Ben Franks, although his was for a swinging arm to the face of replacement prop Coenie Oosthuizen.

Willie Le Roux scored, and then Jean De Villiers crossed for the all important fourth try but with the All Blacks having scored three of their own at that stage, by the time Beauden Barrett scored it was Championship over for the home side, taking a slight bit of sting out of the contest.

Read, who had an incredible match, got on the end of a neat bit of play by Julain Savea, rubbing salt into the wounds and extending the visitors' lead, securing the well deserved win.

Over 60 000 fans witnessed an unbelievable spectacle, one that will long be remembered as an epic game between the two best teams in the world. A mention should also be made of referee Nigel Owens, who did a stellar job under immense pressure on an enourmous occasion.

Better quality highlights will be posted soon but share your opinion on this classic game below

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teamdave October 05, 2013 8:19 pm

Simply an awesome game. Hats off to the boks for playing expansively. de Villiers was amazing and had Nonu in his pocket.

Ben Smith had one of the greatest games ever by a human being but was still eclipsed by Kieran Read who has moved to superhuman levels of rugby skill.

It was an amazing game and the highlights package will be immense.

Ps. Say it quietly, but the ref was great too.

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Computer says no October 05, 2013 8:40 pm

I am so bitterly disappointed that we lost, but finally we got a great game. I lost my voice screaming at the ups and downs and feel emotionally drained after the ordeal. Holy hell I hate rugby.

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beast4president October 05, 2013 9:18 pm

Great Game. NZ are awesome but I am so impressed by the progress of the Boks. We are taking it to them with such confidence. Well done NZ, we'll catch you soon :)

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botskii October 05, 2013 9:51 pm

cheers boks for the awesome game. ALL BLACKS!! cheeehoooo

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Chris Paterson October 05, 2013 9:53 pm

That was the most amazing game of rugby that I've seen, and not just for the stand out tries. There was such speed in how the game was played, and the overlaps and linebreaks created were phenomenal.
Nigel Owen was the man in charge of the match and he let the players and other match officials know it. He was quick in all his decisions, and he didn't waste time with the TMO when it wasn't needed. 10/10

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k3lboy October 06, 2013 2:14 am

The tries were magnificent - but it was the speed of the game, the supreme skill set by both teams that was most impressive and a throwback to the 96 test series.. Watching K.Reid put Ben Smith in reminded me of Zinzan, dudes got the total package. Likewise, Louw with that incredible wrap-around ball to Habana. Given the stakes at which the game was played at, running rugby shined today.
Beauden Barrett looks like an accountant not a world class rugby player but he was tremendous off the bench, rest easy DC... Take your time.
A L L B L A C K S for life

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Halfpint October 06, 2013 2:14 am

Can anybody shed some light as to why the bokke do the whole chest slapping thing with each other after every score? I figure it's got something to do with the badge on that side but what is it?

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DanKnapp October 06, 2013 10:12 pm

Guest's comment two posts down is a response to this. I didn't realise at the time, but followed the link anyway. Good link.

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Jeri October 06, 2013 2:26 am

This is the game that should've happened in their first encounter, shows you how a different referee can actually lift the quality of the game. The pace of the game was phenomenal, even Nigel Owens had to be attended to by the medic

Congrats All Blacks

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Guest October 06, 2013 4:28 am

The explanation is given at around 2:30, but the video is most definitely worth a watch.

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I_bleed_green_and_gold October 06, 2013 12:36 pm

Great game. Wish we were more clinical in defence but an epic game... great job All Blacks. You beat is fair and square. Capitalized on mistakes and good field possition.

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Facepalm October 06, 2013 1:09 pm

What a player Beauden Barrett is. The tactical nous to run straight though a wall of springboks, and the tenacity to make one of the greatest try saving tackles of all time. Awesome performance.

The same goes to Willie Le Roux. For me he's been South Africa's most exciting player so far in the championship. He may not be as physically imposing as someone like Savea but you still see defences bricking themselves every time he's on the ball.

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kadova October 06, 2013 2:44 pm

Great match from both sides and from the referee.
Keep a thought for my country who's going to meet them both in !

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Murina October 06, 2013 2:45 pm

Nonu was made to look 2 dimensional and highly ordinary by De Villiers. I've always thought he was over-rated but with great players around him (especially Smith) he is made to look impressive. De Villiers' performance was huge and the way he actively took on Nonu on both attack and defence made the difference between them even more stark.

Great game, deserved victory for AB's but hats off to the Springboks and De Villiers for showing some real classy rugby in response.

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Karl October 06, 2013 4:26 pm

Is your negative comment necessary? Nonu and Smith just set a world record for number of test together for their mid-field combination. They have done that in the No.1 team in the world, none of which would be possible if Nonu was ordinary. You cleary suffer from tall poppy syndrome.

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Jeri October 06, 2013 11:31 pm

Well to be fair, Murina said "made to look ordinary" and frankly de Villier's performance in that game would make a lot of centres in the world look ordinary

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JD0510 October 07, 2013 8:10 pm

You see, this section is called "Comments", not "Necessary comments".

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Murina October 07, 2013 1:26 am

Though I agree with most of the comments, I thought it pointless to add another "well done, good game" comment. This is the place for comments, I did so about a great battle of centres....I'd be fascinated by what you think a "necessary comment" would be.

Ah well, good game!

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DanKnapp October 07, 2013 7:36 am

I agreed with you, don't worry.

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Full Back October 07, 2013 10:39 am

yes it's fine...DanKnapp agrees with you :D

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Karl October 10, 2013 5:44 pm

Your right, he is ''over-rated''. I have no idea how he managed 84 caps, 25 test tries and 51 Tests (WR) as a midfield starting combination. Third most prolific rugby partnership in history, behind Gregan/Larkham and Matfield/Botha.

Jean de Villiers made a bad error on defense letting Barret score the bonus point try, erased the good work he had done moments before.

Funny video from 2010 tri nations skip to 6:00, watch which SA playler turns the ball over to the Abs. Nonu was on the right defending, after one fast ruck he has got himself on the left side of the field against some tired forwards, breaks through and passes, Abs win, not bad for an over-rated player

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Reality October 06, 2013 5:27 pm

Being a New Zealand rugby commentator must be such an unfulfilling life. They're just constantly presented with amazing rugby and superhuman feats of skill and strength. Reality outside of match-time must be such a let-down in comparison.

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Mastersa October 06, 2013 5:40 pm

This was the end this championship deserved. Messam, Reed, de Villiers and Habana. Hats off to you guys. A great game by all including Nigel Owens.

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Vito October 06, 2013 7:55 pm

Thanks you for posting highlights. This is the only site that consistently comes through with getting highlights up. I also think that through this effort you may be the only site actively growing the sport. Corporate greed does more harm to the growth of this sport. Try finding highlights somewhere else, no chance. Thanks one again.

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Laur October 06, 2013 9:56 pm

Epic game as everybody says, two teams from another galaxy, Owens good with one miss - H. second try it was a forward pass. Hope to see more games like this between NH teams. Wait for the autumn test. Amazing young new players in the southern hemisphere.

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stroudos October 07, 2013 5:55 am

"H. second try it was a forward pass"

Incorrect. It was fine. And Owens checked it with the touchie and the TMO, so even that was not a "miss". Textbook game for the ref, (I'd say all the officials actually).

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matt October 07, 2013 11:06 am

It is really nice not having any 'yer but if the ref had/hadn't...' discussions.

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UHtiger October 07, 2013 9:12 pm

Letting Le Roux's try go ahead was his only real let down during the game. Other than that i thought he let the game go nicely.

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Stubby October 07, 2013 12:46 am

Great try saving tackle at the end.

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todd October 07, 2013 8:15 am

where can i see a replay of this match, dont have pay tv, and it sounds amazing.

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Willem October 07, 2013 8:43 am

Not sure if we can discuss that kind of stuff on here, but I've downloaded the entire game with usenet/newsgroups as well as watching it live of course. It might be possible get it with "torrents" as well, but I've never used that myself though.

OT: What a cracker of a game! As a springbok fan I was disappointed at first, but in the end it probably was the best game I've ever watched, so I mustn't complain. It was awesome...from start to finish and with so many brilliant performances by individuals players. I can't wait for the autumn internationals :)

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Eggman October 07, 2013 9:05 am

Just wait a few days after the game and usually someone posts the full game on youtube. Just search for South Africa vs All blacks 2013 full or something along those lines and you should find it. Sometimes rugbydump also posts full match replays.

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stroudos October 07, 2013 2:11 pm

Ah yes, hadn't thought of that. @Mr Dump, if you plan to post the full match here please go ahead and delete my post below, (not implying you need my permission of course!).

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stroudos October 07, 2013 2:09 pm

TTrugbyvids on YouTube.

It is well worth watching the full game when you get the chance.

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Eddie-g October 07, 2013 12:57 pm

Great game, all involved - including the referee - did our sport proud.

NZ are the best team in the world, no questions about it, they always seem to have something extra up their sleeve. But it was the second Messam try, just before half-time, that was the decisive moment. It felt like SA had too much to do after that point.

But what a game, 80 minutes of play probably reduces to what, 60 minutes of highlights? Awesome stuff.

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Colombes October 07, 2013 1:14 pm

2 best in-form teams of the moment
i alaready knew the speed of barrett and smith,
i discovered the pace of young boks leroux and basson

november "rainy" tests vs england, france and wales will give another idea of their polyvalence.

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asdfero October 07, 2013 1:33 pm

Best international test of the year? Hands down.

Kept me at the edge of my seat from the first minute! Incredible match.

Props to Nigel Owen for being an AMAZING ref

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Kiwi In Germany October 07, 2013 5:47 pm

Best advert for rugby I've seen in some time. Nigel Owens had a blinder. Poor guy was puffing pretty damned hard in that second half.

I was cursing Barret's name at one point for missing De Villiers and letting in what looked like a soft try. But then I had to eat my words as moments later he scored his own. Then again later that unbelievable try saving tackle in the corner!

What a stupid display that was by Franks with the loose swinging arm. It didn't look menacing but definitely unnecessary.

But enough of the negatives this was an amazing game. Pure excitement. Can't wait till next years matches against SA they have lots of new young talent, a good coach and are on the up.

What a contest!

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stroudos October 08, 2013 10:28 am

It's funny how usually you can tell how good a ref's performance was by how little you noticed him. It seems Nigel Owens had such a good game that he was conspicuously inconspicuous.

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tennesseean_87 October 09, 2013 2:04 pm

Nigel is my favorite Ref. It's nice to see the Boks doing well at a style of play that's more profitable in terms of bonus points. The future looks bright!

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