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Monday Sep 18, 2017

New Zealand crush the Springboks in shocking 57-0 demolition

New Zealand crush the Springboks in shocking 57-0 demolition

South Africa suffered their worst ever defeat in New Zealand as the All Blacks put on a ruthless display to win 57-0 in Albany. The Springboks failed to score a point in a match that was competitive early on, but showed how crucial set piece stability and capitlizing on chances is.

Territory and possession were fairly even but missed tackles was a telling statistic, as the Springboks missed 33, helping the All Blacks to their eight tries overall. Missed lineouts in key positions also hurt the Springboks, as they failed to build momentum from set piece ball.

The hosts streaked out to a 31-0 lead by halftime, with captain Kieran Read later saying how even he was shocked by the scoreline.

“It was a pretty intense half of footy.. To be honest I don’t know how we were up by however many points. It just felt like it was a tit for tat. We probably got four opportunities and took all four of them. Maybe that was the difference,” said Read post match.


Nehe Milner-Skudder had a fairly quiet night on attack but managed to pick up two well taken tries, while Rieko Ioane, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor also crossed as part of the demolition job.


“We were very disappointed in our set piece and the amount of turnovers we conceded. New Zealand pounced on our mistakes and punished us,” said Bok coach Alister Coetzee.

“Our execution on the night was bad and we must give credit to the All Blacks for a clinical display. Early on in the game we felt that we were dominating the collisions, territory and possession. Then one pass goes stray and you stand under your poles.

“We will stick to our processes, continue to improve in all areas and work extremely hard to bounce back.”


The All Blacks play Argentina next, in Buenos Aires, while the Springboks face Australian in Bloemfontain. Both matches take place in a fortnight, on October 2nd.


  • drg
    10:47 AM 21/09/2017

    Of course rugby is a small issue by comparison, but the rugby issue was a scaled version of the real problem...and of course the powers at work decided to go for what they seemed a quick fix, which instead hurts everyone all round. SA needed to get stuck in at grass roots, get more black kids into the game, away from soccer and other horrible things, these young guys would have progressed and fought their way into the team like any other player (of any colour)... But instead they start forcing hands, classifying players based in their colour and forcing teams which shouldn't happen.. How much respect and gelling would you be able to have with a player that has been picked over a better player simply based on skin colour? Take the Habana for example, the guy wasn't even classed as acceptable for their shitty little experiments..would it look good if he was replaced with a lesser because he isn't quite what they want! It's sad to see the books struggling... hopefully they'll come back with a strong Green team!

  • canafrikaaner
    8:34 PM 20/09/2017

    Go to south africa... See How socio politically messed up it is... Decide rugby is a small iasue...

  • 7:30 PM 19/09/2017

    20 years of players getting selected for non-rugby reasons, at all age groups, and the chickens have finally come home to roost. And for the comrades in power it still isn't enough.... RIP South African rugby.

  • thedoctor
    4:53 AM 19/09/2017

    What a show from the ABs. Mamma mia!

  • ajv1beta
    5:17 PM 18/09/2017

    I can't help but see results like these and think 'the Lions beat them once and drew with them in the decider.' I know different contexts...but still. The autumn internationals might be very interesting by that logic - juts a shame England aren't getting a crack at NZ until 2018.

  • jeri
    2:54 PM 18/09/2017

    It was only four years ago in 2013 when the All Blacks played against Springboks in one of the most closely contested and skilled game in modern rugby history. How quick the good times go

  • 12:23 PM 18/09/2017

    There used to be a time when an ABs/Boks game would have me glued to the TV, oblivious to everything going on around me. Now, I sit on the floor and play duplo with the kids, glancing up occasionally to laugh as the ABs score again, and shake my head at the sad demise of the Boks. On a more practical note, HOW does AC still have a job? I mean, seriously, does anyone else miss PDivvy?


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