The All Blacks continued its winning run in the Rugby Championship after beating the Springboks 35-20 in Auckland last night.
After a physical match, it was the All Blacks that backed up last week’s performance to place themselves in the driver’s seat of the competition.
The All Blacks looked like they were going to run away again with a huge margin win after taking an early 17-0 lead after just 17 minutes into the first spell but the Springboks tightened up their defence from then on as the game went into halftime with the hosts ahead 20-3.
Richie Mo’unga scored a total of 20 points for the All Blacks with 3 conversions, 3 penalty kicks at goal and a try.
The All Blacks scored 4 tries through Aaron Smith, Shannon Frizell, Will Jordan and Mo’unga.
South Africa scored 3 tries to Malcolm Marx, Cheslin Kolbe and Kwagga Smith with Faf De Klerk adding one penalty kick at goal and Kolbe kicking one conversion.
Despite the win, the All Blacks are now faced with a setback in their preparation ahead of the Rugby World Cup as captain Sam Cane suffered a neck injury in the first half.
Cane will now race against time to get his injury sorted before the World Cup in September.
Meanwhile, in another Rugby Championship game last night, the Wallabies continued its nightmare run in the competition losing to Argentina in a closely contested match 34-31.
The All Blacks will take on the Wallabies on the 29th of this month at 9.45pm while the Springboks face the Pumas on the 30th at 3.05am.
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