ALL BLACKS SINK BOKS
Twice in a period of two weeks, the Springboks suffered a heartbreak defeat to New Zealand at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday 25 September 2021.
It was the record 100th meeting between the two rugby nations and it was expected to be a brutal and tough encounter concerning the history that these two giants share. The All Blacks performed their haka against the Boks.
The haka (generic name for Maori dance) is a type of ceremonial dance or challenge. It is usually performed in a group and typically represents a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. The actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping, accompanying a loud chant.
Prior to the match, the Springboks were returning from back-to-back losses against Australia in the Rugby Championship and were looking to redeem themselves as the World Champions.
Sbu Nkosi showing predatory instincts to capitalize on an opportunity to get the Springboks off the mark in Townsville.👊⚡#RugbyChampionship #NZLvRSA #StrongerTogether #StrongerForever pic.twitter.com/e22YKTZrzf
— Springboks (@Springboks) September 27, 2021
All Blacks winger, Will Jordan and Springboks counterpart Sbu Nkosi scored early tries, but the overall match was between Springboks fly-half Handre Pollard and All Black’s Jordie Barrett to decide the spoils. Barrett ended up with 14 points which gave New Zealand a 12th southern hemisphere Test championship title and 10th successive Test win.
— Springboks (@Springboks) September 25, 2021
New Zealand won narrowly by 19-17 to secure the Rugby Championship title with a match to spare, they will face the Springboks, again on the 2nd of October for the final match in the championship.