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All Blacks come from behind to stun Springboks

All Blacks come from behind to stun Springboks”

"I learnt a lot, not just about the players, but about myself as a coach", said Erasmus. Cane will stay in South Africa for the week before flying home.

"I really think we have a chance of winning the World Cup. Both teams were outstanding and across the two games we are split even on the scoreboard", New Zealand captain Kieran Read said at the post-match presentation.

The world champions came from behind to register a 32-30 win, thanks to a last-gasp try from Ardie Savea, who replaced Cane at openside after the 26-year-old clash with Bok loose forward Francois Louw in the 36th minute.

Erasmus said he was happy that matches between the Springboks and the All Blacks are no longer one-sided.

The Boks dominated possession and territory in the first half with clever tactical kicking to keep the visitors pinned in their own half.

Dejected South Africa players look on at the end of the Rugby Championship match
Dejected South Africa players look on at the end of the Rugby Championship match

"Everybody who watched tonight ... some will be disappointed, but they can't be disappointed in the rugby that was played".

Down and seemingly out again, trailing 30-13 minutes after the Boks' third try, by wing Cheslin Kolbe in the 59th, the All Blacks came back again. But a few weeks ago, we were sitting and thinking we were unlucky not to win, so it's been two great Test matches that have been great for the game.

The defining minutes were the last five when New Zealand twice set up lineouts five meters out from the Springboks line and twice showed deadly accuracy to score off them.

Rassie Erasmus says the Springboks are progressing very well and will be one of the top sides at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

"We let it go at the end, they were more alert than us", Kolisi said.



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