South Africa set new Test record in stunning All Blacks upset

Angelo Anderson
September 15, 2018

In an incredible back-and-forth Test match, a mixture of stunning Springboks play and uncharacteristic errors from the hosts earned South Africa a first ever win at Westpac Stadium.

South Africa held off a late onslaught to end their nine-year wait for a win over the All Blacks in New Zealand with a sensational 36-34 Rugby Championship victory in Wellington. The All Blacks continued to grind away but South Africa's defence was just too resolute.

Ramaphosa wrote: A job very well done by our Springboks for the fierce fight and victory against the tough All Blacks.

Rassie Erasmus' men then showed tremendous guts and determination, particularly on defence, as the reigning world champions threw everything at them in a frantic closing five minutes, but wave after wave of All Blacks attack was repelled by the Boks. There were the nice hands and deft pass that put fullback Jordie Barrett over to score, in the fifth minute, but at other times kicks were poorly conceived or executed and there seemed a desire to try to bite off more than was available.

From then on, the All Blacks were chasing the game and while they struck back with Ioane's first try, the Springboks went into halftime with a 24-17 lead following Handre Pollard's only penalty.

Cheslin Kolbe, a second half replacement for Lukhanyo Am, was next on the scoresheet with an intercept try which was converted by Pollard as the visitors stretched their lead once again to 14 points.

Le Roux's try was typical of New Zealand's half, as Jordie Barrett opted for a quick lineout that wasn't on, hurling the ball into midfield.

South Africa scored a record points haul to defeat the All Blacks in New Zealand.

"They put us under pressure and we didn't respond the way we needed".

It began with the All Blacks camping themselves in the Springboks' 22, from where Ioane eventually scored. Beauden Barrett's touchline conversion narrowed the gap to seven, but only for five minutes.

However, New Zealand's Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea crossed from lineout drives to set up a tense finish.

Dyantyi and le Roux made immediate amends to start the South African fightback.

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