New Zealand reclaimed The Rugby Championship after beating South Africa in the Centenary Test last weekend, the All Blacks are undefeated and looking for another clean sweep.
The All Blacks have won The Rugby Championship Grand Slam four times (2012/13/16/17) and will be looking to do it again with another win against a tired, out-of-form Springboks.
- New Zealand has lost only one of their last 11 Tests against South Africa (W9, D1), and is undefeated in their last four meetings (W3, D1); though, only one of those four fixtures was decided by a margin of more than two points.
- The Kiwis have lost only one of their 12 Tests in Australia against teams other than the Wallabies (W11), a 25-15 defeat to Argentina in November 2020.
- South Africa boasts the best lineout (89%) and scrum success rate (97%) of any team in the 2021 Rugby Championship; although, the Springboks are the only team yet to score a try starting possession from a scrum.
- Malcolm Marx has a 92% success rate on his lineout throws in TRC this year (33/36) – the best rate of any player to make at least three throws.
- Ardie Savea has provided three assists in The Rugby Championship, the most by any player in the tournament.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland.
3.00: All Blacks begin the game by going wide at the first opportunity. South Africa again kicking the ball away, which has led to boos from the crowd.
4.00: South Africa drives New Zealand’s pack 12 metres backward, but could not make it count. The Boks do, however, win a kickable penalty after a high tackle on Makazole Mapimpi.
5.00: MISS! Handré Pollard’s form from the tee continues to hamper his side. 0-0
6.00: TRY! Ardie Savea wins a turnover after ripping the ball out of Siya Kolisi’s hands; however, the ball is sent wide to Codie Taylor, but the hooker dropped the ball into the path of Lukhanyo Am. Am sucks in Rieko Ioane before throwing an audacious no-look back-flip pass to Sbu Nkosi. Nkosi’s dummy fake drew in Jordie Barrett to allow Damian de Allende the space to score in the corner. Sensational! 5-0
7.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 5-0
8.00: Unnecessary backchat by De Allende sees the ref march SA back 10m to allow Jordie Barrett an easy shot at goal.
9.00: PENALTY! Barrett makes no mistake. 5-3
12.00: PENALTY! Pollard finally finds his radar. 8-3
13.00: TRY! Willie Le Roux drops the restart, the Kiwis go wide before a crossfield kick from Beauden Barrett lands in Sevu Reece’s open arms. The winger managed to hold off Duane Vermeulen’s tackle and dot down before sliding into touch. 8-8
14.00: MISS! Barrett’s kick is wide. 8-8
18.00: A thrilling opening quarter has seen both teams play exciting running rugby. Excellent work at the breakdown by each set of forwards is making for riveting viewing.
19.00: NO TRY! Mbongeni Mbonambi bursts through the Kiwi defenders and charges to the try line. However, the Springbok hooker dropped the ball as he attempts to reach out and score. 8-8
22.00: South Africa’s driving maul is destroying New Zealand, but they cannot win penalties from the set-piece, because the Kiwis do not bring the maul to the ground. Kolisi’s hit on Reece is brutal, but not illegal, Reece clears. Crazy game in OZ.
23.00: The Bok intensity is hurting the Kiwis, the Saffas win another penalty, this time for offside, and Pollard will call for the tee.
24.00: PENALTY! The kick is good. 11-8
26.00: Another botched high ball catch by Le Roux allows NZ to counter-attack into the Boks’ 22. Luckily for Le Roux, Joe Moody knocked on in contact a few phases later. Let off!
28.00: TRY! Sensational score by the All Blacks off the lineout. Beauden Barrett took the ball flat on the gain line, burst through Vermeulen’s weak tackle, and surged into the 22. Barrett drew a defender before offloading out the back door to Rieko Ioane. Ioane bumped off Le Roux, went past Nkosi before sucking in two cover tacklers and unleashing Ardie Savea, who swan dived his way over the try line. 11-13
30.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 11-15
32.00: Nkosi makes a try-saving tackle on Anton Lienert-Brown after Jordie Barrett sliced the Boks open from deep inside New Zealand’s half.
33.00: TRY! Brad Weber scores in the corner. Scott Barrett won the Bok throw at the front of the lineout, Weber picked up the loose ball, and darted next to the flag. the ball looked to have been knocked on by Moody, but the TMO has other ideas. 11-20
34.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 11-20
36.00: SA kicks a penalty to the AB 22.
38.00: Each team gives away a penalty that allows them to get out of their 22s.
40.00: Players are down, bleeding: huffing and puffing as this ferocious, thrilling Test near halftime. SA wins a kickable penalty.
41.00: PENALTY! Pollard lands his third to make it a one-score game. 14-20
The halftime score was Springboks 14 All Blacks
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia.
43.00: SA’s driving maul wins them another penalty, no advantage before Pollard boots to the corner.
45.00: NZ offside after another powerful driving maul, Pollard calls for the tee this time. Points are a premium in Test rugby, but Kiwis will take that.
45.00: PENALTY! Pollard adds another three. 17-20
51: Frans Steyn boots the Boks into the All Blacks’ 22 and wins a 50/20 to set up a Bok attacking lineout.
52.00: TRY! A powerful driving maul is halted. The Boks go wide, battering the goal line. Faf De Klerk sent a skip-pass to Elton Jantjies, who drew Patrick Tuipulotu to put Makazole Mapimpi away for his first Test try versus the All Blacks. 22-20
54.00: MISS! Oh dear, the kick is no good. 22-20
56.00: South Africa is running the All Blacks ragged; who would have foreseen this. Lotta ball game left, but this is thrilling.
58.00: PENALTY! Elton Jantjies takes over from profligate Pollard and knocks over his first kick. 25-20
64.00: It’s all South Africa as the All Blacks keep defending their line.
66.00: New Zealand gets a dubious penalty after Barrett is taken out.
67.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots the long-range goal. 25-23
70.00: It’s still all South Africa, but they cannot get past the black wall.
76.00: PENALTY! Barrett puts the Kiwis ahead. 25-26
77.00: DROP GOAL! Elton Jantjies hits a long-range drop-kick to put SA in front. 28-26
78.00: PENALTY! Barrett makes no mistake. 28-29
81.00: PENALTY! Jantjies wins the Test for South Africa! Sensational result for the World champions. 31-29
The final score is South Africa 31 (14) New Zealand 29 (20)
Tries – De Allende, Mapimpi
Pen – Pollard (4), E. Jantjies (2)
Drop – E. Jantjies
Tries – Reece, Weber
Pen – J. Barrett (5)
Con – J. Barrett
Referee: Matthew Carley (ENG)
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy (AUS)
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way (AUS)
TMO: Brett Cronan (AUS)
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nché
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Ardie Savea (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 George Bower, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Damian McKenzie