South Africa 26-10 New Zealand
South Africa: K. Arendse (8th), W. Le Roux (80th)
New Zealand: S. Frizell (78th)
The All Blacks no longer respond. Beaten by South Africa (26-10), Ian Foster’s players delivered a poor performance, far, very far from their usual standards that they can no longer find.
This Saturday, in a packed Mbombela Stadium, the Springboks had no trouble establishing a constant domination. A takeover validated after less than 10 minutes of play by a try from Kurt-Lee Arendse, Cheslin Kolbe’s replacement as right winger. The players in black multiply the faults and the inaccuracies and do not get any opportunity. The only points scored will come out of Jordie Barrett’s foot on one of the few penalties obtained.
In the second half, we could imagine the Blacks returning to the lawn with a knife between their teeth, ready to make the Sud-Af doubt and ignite the meeting. Nothing happened, quite the contrary. Ian Foster’s players committed even more faults (12 penalties conceded to 5) and never deluded themselves in the scrum where the pack of South African forwards put the Blacks through hell. Opposite, Handre Pollard delights on foot (6 out of 6 including a drop) and the Springboks do not even need to work to repel New Zealand offensives that are far too slow and not very dangerous. Shannon Frizell will try to save the honor with a try at the very end of the match, but in the process, Sam Cane does not ensure his pass towards this same Frizell and Willem Le Roux goes to register the 2nd try of the locals.
This setback, the 5th of the last 6 games, plunges the All Blacks a little more into crisis. However, they will have the opportunity to take their revenge next week in Johannesburg. But these Blacks are no longer a scarecrow.