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New Zealand beat South Africa in Johannesburg




South Africa has won their last two Test against New Zealand, including a 26-10 win in the opening round of the 2022 edition of The Rugby Championship. The last time the Springboks won more matches in succession against the All Blacks was a three-game streak in 2009.

South Africa has an impressive record against New Zealand at Ellis Park, pre- and post-isolation and in the professional era. The Springboks have a 65% winning record versus the All Blacks at the iconic Johannesburg stadium, winning nine of 14 Tests.

  • The previous seven Tests between these two powerhouses stand at three wins apiece, with one draw.
  • The average scoreline between the Boks and All Blacks at Ellis Park in 14 Tests is 23-21 to South Africa. In the professional era, the scoreline is 32-30 in favour of the hosts after seven matches.
  • The Springboks have won 37% of their 102 previous Tests against New Zealand. It’s the highest win rate of any team in history against the All Blacks – the next best is Australia (26%).
  • The Boks have won six of their last seven games in The Rugby Championship on home soil, including their last four on the bounce. It’s only the third time, however, that the World Champions have won four on the spin at home in the competition.
  • The Kiwis will be looking to avoid opening a campaign of The Rugby Championship/Tri-Nations with back-to-back losses for just the second time since 1998.
  • New Zealand has lost five of their last six Tests, including their last three in succession.
  • The Kiwis have only lost more than three games in a row (L5 – 1998) in the last 70 years.

Match detail

The bookmakers give New Zealand a 5-point start to this match, so they expect a South African victory by 5 points. 

We are waiting for the kick-off.

In the meantime, have a look at the match preview.

PEEEP! Richie Mo’unga gets the game underway. There was a flyover, an intense rendition of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, a fierce Haka from the All Blacks – Let’s go!

2.00: An early knock-on by New Zealand after a bomb from Jaden Hendrikse sees the Boks get the put in; However, Dweba gives away a short-arm penalty. NZ opts to scrum again.

3.00: Will Jordan throws a long pass into touch, similar attacking ploy from last week. The Kiwis win Dweba’s poor throw and set up an attack.

4.00: YELLOW CARD! Damian Willemse is off for a cynical play near his try line. Pollard missed a tackle on Ardie Savea, who burst down the sideline. 0-0

6.00: Another penalty at the ruck leads to Sam Cane calling for a kick a scrum.

7.00: South Africa wins a free kick after Samson Taukei’aho’s early engagement.

9.00: Pieter-Steph du Toit intercepts and races from his half to the 22, but he is to slow to make the try line. He offloaded to Am in support, but the centre is stopped short of the line. Goal line drop out saves NZ.

12.00: South Africa keep going to the air, New Zealand keeps looking dodgy under the high ball. Scott Barrett gives away a penalty on the halfway line. Pollard boots to the 22.

13.00: Am picks up a loose ball to score, but there was no advantage for a knock-on by Ox Nche in the build-up.

15.00: It’s all South Africa at the moment.

17.00: Jesse Kriel will not re-enter after a knock.

20.00: The Boks’ pack walks New Zealand backwards, winning a penalty. Pollard went to the corner, but another skew throw from Dweba saw NZ get out of jail.

23.00: Jordan and Havili played a one-two down the sideline before the Kiwis win a kickable penalty on the 22.

25.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga opens the scoring. 0-3

28.00: TRY! Caleb Clarke’s midfield break set up some quick ball. New Zealand went through the hands at pace before Sam Cane dived over in the corner. 0-8

30.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the extras. 0-8

34.00: TRY! Samson Taukei’aho crashes over. 0-13

35.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 7-15

36.00: TRY! Am scores his sixth Test try after a weaving run down the sideline after a powerful driving laul. 5-15

38.00: CONVERSION! Pollard slots the touchline conversion. 7-15

40.00: South Africa wins a penalty inside their half, and Pollard calls for the tee.

42.00: PENALTY! Pollard’s long range penalty drops over the crossbar. 10-15

The halftime score was Springboks 7 All Blacks 15

PEEEP! We are back underway in Johannesburg.

42.00: Pollard boots a penalty to the 22 after a lineout infringement by the tourists.

44.00: Another powerful maul leads to a kickable penalty in front of the posts.

46.00: PENALTY! Pollard cuts the gap to two. 13-15

49.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga nails the kick. 13-18

52.00: Pollard boots to the corner after another penalty inside the 22.

54.00: The Kiwis conceded another penalty in the maul. Cane gets a team warning from the ref. Here we go!

56.00: New Zealand stands firm before winning a turnover to clear. That is poor from the Boks, superb from the Kiwis.

57.00: NO TRY! Another stunning try is chalked off by over zealous officiating. 13-18

58.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga increases the lead. 13-21

59.00: TRY! Mapimpi will not be denied. Marx made a steal after the restart before the Boks went wide. Willemse sends out a long double-skip pass to Mapimpi, who puts on the jet burners and score. 18-21.

60.00: CONVERSION! Pollard slots the sideline kick. 20-21

63.00: Boks win a scrum penalty.

66.00: YELLOW CARD! Beauden Barrett goes to the bin for taking out Hendrikse. 20-21

68.00: PENALTY! Pollard nails it. 23-21

73.00: It’s all New Zealand.

75.00: TRY! Havili scores after a breakaway by Rieko Ioane. 23-26

76.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 23-28

78.00: TRY! Scott Barrett scores. Game over! 23-33

81.00: CONVERSION! 23-35


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The final score is South Africa 23 (10) New Zealand 35 (15)


South Africa
Tries – Am, Mapimpi
Pen – Pollard (3)
Con – Pollard (2)
Drop –
Cards – Willemse (Yellow, 4′)

New Zealand
Tries – Cane, Taukei’aho, Havili, S. Barrett
Pen – Mo’unga (3)
Con – Mo’unga (3)
Drop –
Cards – B. Barrett (Yellow, 67′)

Match Officials
Referee: Luke Pearce [ENG]
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner [AUS]
Assistant Ref 2: Christophe Ridley [ENG]
TMO: Brett Cronan [AUS]


South Africa

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Hershel Jantjies, 23 Willie le Roux

New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Samson Taukei’aho, 1 Ethan de Groot

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 George Bower, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Quinn Tupaea

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