All Blacks claim victory in century match

All Blacks claim victory in century match

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Sunday 26/09/2021
[Photo: Getty Image]

New Zealand claimed the 100th Test in the 100th year to win the Rugby Championship with a 19-17 victory over South Africa in Townsville last night.

In a game that offered few running highlights so beloved of the All Blacks, it was in desperation to run the ball in the final minute that South Africa showed the difference between the sides when they had the ball in hand.

The 100th match was dominated by penalty goals after a try apiece was scored in the first 14 minutes, however, it was fullback Jordie Barrett who stepped up to the mark and landed a 78th-minute penalty goal from 50 metres out after replacement back Quinn Tupaea secured a tackle turnover.

New Zealand was in danger of being out-frustrated by the South African tactic of kick, kick and kick again.

Many balls were dropped by the All Blacks, a concern after the back three were selected for their ability to handle the high ball, but still, the Springboks couldn't profit.

When attempting to up their tempo, the All Blacks committed uncharacteristic handling mistakes.

Looking at the points table, the All Blacks are leading with 24 points, the Wallabies have moved up to second spot with 13 points, South Africa is third with 11 points and Argentina remains pointless.

[Source: AllBlacks]


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