Morne Steyn set a Tri-Nations record on Saturday by scoring 31 points, chalking up every single one of South Africa’s tally with a try, a conversion and eight penalties.
The damp conditions suited the home side, and they played exactly as anticipated, dominating the forward battle and kicking long-range goals with the enormous boot of Steyn.
New Zealand had led 10-3 after scoring the opening try, but Steyn slotted four penalties and dived over for a try to give his side a 22-13 lead at half time.
Another three penalties after the break completed another home victory for the World Champions that sees them sitting pretty at the top of the Tri-Nations table, and of the IRB World Rankings. The Springboks face Australia in the next round, and look likely to make the most of their three home games in a row.
South Africa do seem to be the best side in the world at the moment, and the way they have dispatched New Zealand twice in a row has been mightily impressive. Two consecutive defeats for New Zealand does not do their standing much good, and for me, it is unlikely that South Africa will be caught.