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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Springboks win 26-10 to put pressure on All Blacks

MBOMBELA, South Africa ( Associated Press) – South Africa put the pressure on the All Blacks with their fifth defeat in six matches as they thrashed in-form New Zealand 26-10 in the first match of the Rugby Championships on Saturday.

The latest setback for the All Blacks was their biggest loss to the Springboks in nearly 100 years after their historic home series loss to Ireland last month.

The Springboks made two attempts at Embombella Stadium, one at the start by wing Kurt-Lee Arendse and one at the end by Willie Le Roux’s replacement as the All Blacks made a desperate late attack from their own 22 in an attempt to save some. . Pride.

“Yeah, we’re very disappointed,” said the all-black captain, Sam Kane. “It really hurts to come off the wrong side on the scoreboard but a lot of credit goes to South Africa, they are a very good team. They attacked us a lot.”

The Springboks were in full control and had a huge field advantage to work with, although they finished with 14 men after Arendsey was issued a red card in the 75th minute – while he was on therapy for a highly dangerous charge. Had to lie flat to get attention. Wind on the Budden Barrett.

Barrett was fine, while Arendsey went on a stretcher, the second bock to do so. Schrumhaf Faf de Klerk knocked himself out while attempting a tackle on New Zealand wing Caleb Clark after only 43 seconds.

South Africa shrugged off that initial complication to settle in a gameplan aimed at strangling New Zealand and cutting off any chances of going for the All Blacks back.

It was highly effective. Erendse made the first effort in the eighth minute, when Kendra Lukhanyo M and the Springboks set about the All Blacks with their slyness, ruthless defense and relentless tactical kicking, which pinned New Zealand in their own half at long.

Springboks flyhalf Hendre Pollard kicked 16 points to count the territorial advantage.

“It was a piece,” said Springboks captain Siya Kolisi. “Exactly what we wanted.”

With the Boks up 19-3 and heading for a major victory, the All Blacks finally broke the home defense in the final minutes with a bust by Clark. He was pulled down shortly after by fullback Damien Willems, but replacement forward Shannon Frizzell was on hand to score the All Blacks, taking only two minutes to go to make it 19-10.

The consolation lasted barely a minute as Frizel dropped a pass from Kane as the All Blacks attempted to attack from the front of their attempt, allowing Le Roux to kick forward, flop over the line and seal the win. got permission.

The winning margin for the Springboks was their biggest win over the All Blacks since 1928 and with New Zealand’s heaviest defeat.

The All Blacks should play a second Test against South Africa next week at Ellis Park in Johannesburg – the Boks’ favorite ground – and coach Ian Foster’s job hangs by a thread, as does Flanker Kane’s future as team leader. .

Rugby’s most successful team was already in the midst of their worst performance in 24 years after last month’s setback against Ireland and is dangerously close to their worst results ever.

Another defeat next Saturday against world champions and New Zealand’s biggest rival, Foster, will be fired, New Zealand media have reported, giving the All Blacks some turmoil in France just over a year from the Rugby World Cup. thrown in.

“We’ll go to Joburg tomorrow and start looking at the next Test and throw everything at him,” Kane said. “I couldn’t ask the team more in terms of faith and the effort they are making. We will fight till the last minute every time.”


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