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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen proud after tense win over Springboks

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was pleased with the way his side handled the pressure of Ellis Park, beating the Springboks 38-27 in a classic encounter between the old rivals on Saturday. He said he was proud of what they have achieved.

Revered as one of the best games of rugby seen in recent times, the Springboks and All Blacks went toe to toe before the visitors grabbed the ascendancy midway through the second half.

As a result they claimed their second Rugby Championship title in as many years, and are fully deserving of their number one in the world status. They face the Wallabies next, before an end of year tour that sees them play against Japan, France, England and Ireland.

For now, Hansen was simply enjoying the win over South Africa, who threatened to snatch the title away from them after having lifted a notch themselves this season. "To come here, after all the travel, and have a performance like that you can only be proud," he said.

"Both teams really played well and you couldn't have asked for a better game of footy. To be able to come out on top is the icing on the cake.

"When we go back and look at it clearly there were a lot of special moments, and some great tries from both teams and some great play, so it was a pretty special Test," he added.

Posted at 10:23 am | 11 comments

All Blacks claim the Rugby Championship after epic battle

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Canadian content October 09, 2013 3:07 am

Good to see they know how to celebrate properly!

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No Parity in Intl Rugby October 09, 2013 6:36 am

Boring. Same old teams year-in and year-out. The same teams have dominated international rugby for far too long. The IRB is corrupt, along with the same rugby unions of international teams that control the IRB.

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Kiwi In Germany October 09, 2013 6:46 am

Wow. No wonder you're bored. Sounds like you've got it all worked out....

Sounds like some pretty sour grapes too.

What we should have is that the teams playing in a competition takes turns in winning. Just to make it fair - kind of like player of the day for 10 year olds.

If any team plays too well they should be handicapped or they should change the rules so that they don't "dominate" too much.

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Jonboy October 09, 2013 5:52 pm

How can you say a game like that was boring?!!! You either didn't watch it or you have no understanding of the game of rugby, either way I feel sorry for you!

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No Parity in Intl Rugby October 10, 2013 5:31 am

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING! Sorry, it's the truth. Lol!

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Jack October 10, 2013 12:27 pm

Seriously? I watched the whole game and it was one of the best games i've seen for a long time. He is either a Boks supporter and a sore loser or an Australian who is annoyed that there are still good games to be had so long as Australia aren't playing.

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fantasticbarnsmell October 11, 2013 10:10 am

Doubt it's a Bok supporter, I don't know a single Saffa who would use the word "parity"

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XonMeerKat October 09, 2013 7:24 pm

I feel the same about internationals and I hardly watch any, the results are 90% predictable months before kick-off. I still love watching club championships, though.

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Cormac October 10, 2013 6:00 pm

Warning troll alert...No Parity in Intl Rugby

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Kiwi In Germany October 11, 2013 6:34 am

Couldn't agree more that's why I stopped commenting. Didn't want to give the idiot any more attention.

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