All Blacks grab dramatic win against Springboks in Pretoria


All Blacks grab dramatic win against Springboks in Pretoria

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane fractured his neck in Saturday's Rugby Championship win over the Springboks - and looks set to be sidelines for many months.

By the time Elton Jantjies came on for Damianb De Allende in the 77th minute, the momentum and swung in the All Blacks favour and the Boks struggled to hold on.

New Zealand won against a Springboks team playing just about as well as it has all season, with a 12-point advantage heading into the last five minutes, and with the backing of a 50,000 sellout at Loftus Versfeld. "We showed great respect to the Boks, but both teams have got great respect for each other".

The Springboks started the second half in the best possible way as Jesse Kriel scored the first try of the afternoon after he got the better of Ryan Crotty on the edge of the try line with Pollard managing to find the middle of the poles with his conversion in the 43rd minute.

For New Zealand, it was a victory as satisfying as clinching the Rugby Championship title itself.

"There have been two points separating us in the last two matches".

But New Zealand hit back with a typically incisive counter-attack as hooker Codie Taylor burst away and his pass to Smith gave the scrumhalf an easy score.

Cane was one of the All Blacks' most influential players in the dramatic test in Pretoria before being forced to leave the game in the 35th minute after going down with a neck injury.

When the Boks knocked on from the kick-off, the visitors were able to get into a scoring position from an attacking line-out and Ioane finished off the move. I just really think the rivalry is back. "But I'm proud of the way the team is growing".



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