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All Blacks beat Springboks & win Championship


All Black Ben Smith scored the first of five tries against the Springboks

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Article Published: Saturday 5 October 2013


New Zealand's All Blacks retained the Rugby Championship title when they beat South Africa's Springboks 27-38 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

For the second season in a row the All Blacks managed to go through the Rugby Championship without losing a match.

The Springboks needed to score four tries and prevent New Zealand from doing the same whilst also preventing them from finishing within seven points of South Africa.

Ben Smith scored the opening try for the All Blacks but then after two quick tries by Springbok winger Bryan Habana the match appeared to be going South Africa's way.

However in true All Black fashion the New Zealanders bounced back and took the lead by half time and halfway through the second half they scored the bonus point try to win the Rugby Championship title.

The All Blacks left little doubt - if there was any - that they are the best team in world rugby and deserved Rugby World Champions.

They continually came back against a pumped-up South Africa to win the match and clinch a second straight Rugby Championship title.

The top-ranked All Blacks took their recent dominance a significant step further by winning at Ellis Park for the first time in 16 years and scoring five tries in the intimidating cauldron against the No. 2-ranked Springboks team that probably played as well as it could - and scored four tries of their own.

New Zealand's fourth try and title-winning blow came in the 61st minute when replacement flyhalf Beauden Barrett sliced through, and outstanding No. 8 and man of the match Kieran Read scored the fifth two minutes later to completely shatter the desperate Boks.

Mighty New Zealand hold every major title and enhanced their reputation even further by taking everything a desperate South Africa team could muster and stay standing - and still come back for a sixth win from six in the championship.

Captain Jean de Villiers had scored South Africa's bonus-point fourth try in the 58th and for 120 seconds the home team sensed the possibility of stealing the title with the bonus point it needed.

The Boks had to then win by more than seven for an against-the-odds turnaround.

Barrett killed that dream straight away, earning the bonus point the All Blacks needed to win the competition no matter the result.

But Read, with a rampaging break down the left flank, added another try for good measure with South Africa's weary players fading, the hammer blow that left no doubt as to the sport's current leaders.

Overall, rugby's fiercest rivals shared nine tries at the venue where their near 100-year-old rivalry has crossed paths 12 times and in the end New Zealand held on to the southern hemisphere title and significantly beat the Boks at Ellis for the first time since 1997.

Much earlier, Ben Smith cut inside a host of South African defenders for the first try in the 12th minute and New Zealand's first lead. It was the winger's eighth try, breaking the single-season record.

Opposite number Bryan Habana replied with two scores in two minutes to become the leading try-scorer in the competition's history but the records were almost a sideshow to the immense overall contest that South Africa suddenly led.

Flanker Liam Messam then scored two tries for the All Blacks, the second well after the halftime hooter in a brilliant display of the cleverness and creativity of the world champion's game, with the All Blacks ahead 21-15 at halftime.

Winger Willie le Roux and captain De Villiers pushed the 60,635 partisan fans at a packed and sizzling Ellis toward ecstasy with South Africa's two second-half tries, before Barrett and Read kept the All Blacks - sternly challenged but ultimately unmoved - without question at the top of world rugby.

Final Score South Africa 27 (15) New Zealand 38 (21)

Scorers

South Africa
Tries - B.Habana 2, W. Le Roux, J.De Villiers
Pen - M.Steyn
Con - M.Steyn 2
Drop -
Cards -

New Zealand
Tries - B.Smith, L.Messam 2, B.Barrett, K.Read
Pen: B.Barrett
Con: A.Cruden 3, B.Barrett 2
Drop -
Cards - L. Messam (45th min yellow), B.Franks (62nd min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee
: Nigel Owens
Assistant Ref 1:John Lacey
Assistant Ref 2:Leighton Hodges
TMO : Graham Hughes

Teams

South Africa

Zane Kirchner, Willie le Roux, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandre Kruger, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oostuizen, Franco van der Merwe, Siya Kolisi, Ruan Pienaar, Patrick Lambie, Jan Serfontein.

New Zealand

15.Israel Dagg, 14.Ben Smith, 13.Conrad Smith, 12.Ma'a Nonu, 11.Julian Savea, 10.Aaron Cruden, 9.Aaron Smith, 8.Kieran Read, 7.Richie McCaw (c), 6.Liam Messam, 5.Sam Whitelock, 4.Brodie Retallick, 3.Charlie Faumuina, 2.Andrew Hore, 1.Tony Woodcock

Replacements: 16.Keven Mealamu, 17.Wyatt Crockett, 18.Ben Franks, 19.Steven Luatua, 20.Sam Cane, 21.Tawera Kerr.Barlow, 22.Beauden Barrett, 23.Charles Piutau.

 
 
Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
1. New Zealand 6 6 0 0 202 115 87 3 28
2. South Africa 6 4 2 0 203 117 86 2 19
3. Australia 6 2 4 0 133 170 -37 1 9
4. Argentina 6 0 6 0 88 224 -136 2 2
                     
Updated each Monday in order to verify with officials
 
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