ALL BLACKS POWER PAST BOKS
By: Siyabonga Ngcobo
New Zealand continued with a clean record of not losing a single game in Eden Park Stadium since 1994 as they defeated South Africa 29-15 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.
All Black’s captain Kieran Read scored the first try of the game after 5minutes from the kick-off with Dan Cater converting and the home side was on lead by 7-0. South Africa seemed to be lost in the field as their key player like Bryan Habana made poor kicks only to allow their opponents to gain possession.
Springboks tried to compose themselves and they won a penalty which Morne Steyn converted to make the score 7-3. Things got intense in the field as Boks’ Bismarck du Plesis was cautioned with a yellow card after tackling Cater with a high tackle. All Blacks were on fire afterwards as Beauden Barret passed the ball to Brodie Retallick who made good break and scored a try. Barret made the conversion to stretch the lead to 14-3.
The visitors re-grouped themselves and showed enthusiasm. After dominating a driving maul towards New Zealand’s line, Bismarck scored a try. Steyn converted and the score was 14-10. Just before the half time, the Springboks got penalised after Jannie du Plesis committed an obstruction from a kick-off, penalty specialist, Barret converted it to make the score 17-10.
Early in the second half, South Africa suffered a big blow when Bismarck was sent off after getting a second yellow card. As the defensive line of the Springboks got weaker after Bismarck’s red card, Read scored another try after seeing a gap and made a break.
Springbok started too panic more and their composure on the ball became poorer than before. All Blacks took advantage as Sam Cane scored a bonus try but Barret failed to convert. Just before the end of the match, Pat Lambie tried to raise hope for South Africa again by scoring the last try of the game, but it was too late.