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All Blacks remain unbeaten with strong win over Boks in Soweto

All Blacks remain unbeaten with strong win over Boks in Soweto
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New Zealand finished the inaugural Rugby Championship with six wins out of six games as they put on a strong second half performance to crush the Springboks 32-16 in Soweto on Saturday. The home side had led 16-12 at halftime.

Soccer City (also know as the FNB Stadium or National Stadium) had over 80 000 fans on hand to witness Richie McCaw’s 100th Test match win, which he has achieved in 112 Tests.

Bryan Habana continued his try-scoring form but it was the Springboks’ only try, as the visitors ended with four in total, scored by Sam Whitelock, Aaron Smith, Ma’a Nonu, and Conrad Smith.

The Springboks got the better of the collision game in the first half but when things got a bit loose, the All Blacks tore them apart with some typically clinical play, including 11 points from the boot of Dan Carter. The visitors effectively won the second half 20-0.

“At 16-12 we were in the game. They were forced to play from deep and we managed to put them under huge pressure,” said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Just after half-time they scored from a turn-over, then Carter took over. They were superb to close out the game and we need to learn from that. They used their opportunities, we did not.”

All Black captain McCaw, who was showing the bruises of battle after the game, said that his 100th Test win was hugely satisfying. “These test matches are brutal and you have to be on your game, and I was proud of the boys tonight.”

Coach Meyer has praised McCaw, saying that he’s never seen him play a bad game, and that his son is actually in awe of the great All Black skipper.

“My kid is a big Richie McCaw fan. After the match (at Loftus in 2006) he gave his boots to my son. That’s the type of thing the public doesn’t always see.”

14 Comments

  • 3:33 AM 09/10/2012

    An openside flanker's (and indeed every player on a rugby field's) job is to play to the line that the ref will allow. Yes McCaw has made an artform of 'accidentally' falling on the wrong side of a tackle, but as long as the refs keep letting him do it, McCaw should, and will, continue to be the best openside flanker in the game, and possibly ever. I'm not at all suggesting that he isn't an incredible player outside of this, but the only other player who is starting to learn these tactics from Richie is David Pocock (who is crucified by the public for playing unfairly), who is arguably the second best openside flanker in the world. On another note, does anyone else think that Steve Hansen could do with a touch more humility? There have been a couple of instances lately where I think he needs to pull his head in a bit. I won't comment on his coaching ability, but he has inherited an incredible playing group as they came off a World Cup title, and I think that he should be a bit more humble in victory and not have so many negative things to say about other teams. It takes the shine off the amazing feats that the All Blacks have accomplished over the last 12 months.

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  • eggman
    11:38 PM 07/10/2012

    Please go see the discussion on the South Africa vs. Australia page regarding what a forward pass actually is and why lines on the ground don't prove that it was forward...

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  • matt
    11:03 PM 07/10/2012

    Watching this as a neutral in the North I have to say this was the worst refereed game I have seen in years, I find it infuriating watching the amount of stuff teams, especially New Zealand, get away, 4 penalties in the first 10 minutes!? Show me another team that can do that and not even get a warning.

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  • eggman
    10:42 PM 07/10/2012

    I can't see anything malicious in it.. I think he was just frustrated that Whitelock got down the ball and he wanted to kick it away.. He also slightly caught him in the head.. Yet Whitelock didnt seem to care, so why should we?

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  • 10:09 PM 07/10/2012

    I thought it looked malicious when I saw it live, but seeing it again here I'm inclined to agree with Foxtrot. I think he was trying to hold it up or kick it out. Maybe it should get looked at, but after careful consideration I think they'll see it wasn't malicious.

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  • foxtrot
    9:48 PM 07/10/2012

    People will call me biased but I don't think it was Strauss's intention to hit Whitelock in the head. It seemed to me like he was try to make a desperate attempt to knock the ball from his hands.

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  • foxtrot
    9:47 PM 07/10/2012

    I have taken a look at it a number of times, he is off to the side of the ruck but leaves his feet in it slowing the ball down.

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  • stroudos
    8:49 PM 07/10/2012

    McCaw is absolutely awesome, there is no rational way to argue against that. It's almost unfair how good he is. So influential and so reliable. Funny thing is though in this tournament I don't think he's been NZ's best back-row player, Kieran Read has, (and that's with McCaw playing his usual incredible best).

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  • hendogo
    7:47 PM 07/10/2012

    Glad for the All Blacks, but as a neutral kinda getting tired of the same team winning all the time. It's starts getting boring. Now it's not the All Blacks fault, the other teams need to step it up.

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  • guy
    7:17 PM 07/10/2012

    Maybe you should take a closer look. I know he annoys the hell out of almost all 50.6 million of you so I would be very surprised with any honest or objective assesment here.

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  • foxtrot
    7:04 PM 07/10/2012

    McCaw was getting stamped on because as usual he was not rolling away when he clearly could of moved his feet.

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  • guy
    6:43 PM 07/10/2012

    Awesome display by the All Blacks. As soon as any other team is giving the impression that they are getting somewhere, the Kiwi's seem to put everything back in perspective. Few things I noticed: McCaw getting his ankle stamped in the ruck before the kick that led to the first NZ try. Whitelock getting his face kicked. Not on purpose I think but it should not be legal to try to dislodge the ball with your feet. @Wilso: McCaw redefined the way an openside flanker should play. He is years ahead of everyone. I definitely believe he is a once in a lifetime phenomenon, like Lomu. I know he lives part of his life on or over the edge of the law but I really don't give a crap. As a player he is monumental; add the human factor to that and I believe he is an incredible role model for young rugby players.

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  • foxtrot
    5:14 PM 07/10/2012

    *lose

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  • foxtrot
    5:13 PM 07/10/2012

    McCaw is good, but only because the refs let him get away with a lot of infringements at ruck time. I'm not at all saying that this caused us to loose the game nor am I saying the ref favoured NZ on the contrary I think he might of given us the rub of the green on most occasions. But the amount of times McCaw either did not roll away, played the ball on the ground or generally just got in the way and was not penalised was astonishing. That being said the reason we lost was that we decided to play too much running rugby when we should of been slightly more conservative as well as the fact that we did not know how to tackle or organise a defensive line plus for some reason our kicking has become atrocious. We seriously need Monty back as kicking coach.

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