South Africa beat New Zealand on Saturday by 28 points to 19, and the reality is that the margin should have been greater, such was the dominance of the home side.
The Spiringboks played with ferocious pace, taking the game to the All Blacks in wave after wave of attacks, sustaining pressure and taking the points when they were on offer – well, mostly, given that three or four attempts at goal were missed.
If those kicks had gone over, the All Blacks would (and perhaps should) have been out of the game by half-time. Their defence looked somewhat brittle, particularly at the Boks’ lineout where they didn’t even compete, they couldn’t string much together in attack, and their game was riddled with mistakes that ensured they remained on the back foot.
A try late in the second half brought the scoreline much closer with New Zealand having faced a 17-3 deficit shortly after half time, but then Juan Smith pounced on a loose pass from Piri Weepu and sent Jacque Fourie over in the corner.
The All Blacks were disappointing once again, and South Africa put them away where the Wallabies failed last week. Next week, it’s South Africa v New Zealand (yes, again) in Durban, and unless the ABs improve considerably, it should be two out of two for the Boks.