Townsville (Australia) (AFP)
New Zealand won the Rugby Championship this Saturday, thanks to a win over South Africa (19-17), their fifth win in a row in a match played in Downsville (Australia).
The “All Blocks” defeated the South African world champions after a tense match, the 100th meeting between the two teams, eventually thanks to a Jordi Barrett penalty, which gave New Zealand their second consecutive title in the tournament.
Four of Barrett’s last and final penalties in the 78th minute helped All Blacks to victory, with Jordan scoring a try early in the match (minute 2).
Springbox scored an attempt, thanks to Spu n Cozy, early in the game (min 6), missed by kicker Hendrey Pollard.
Still, like Bartard, Pollard hits four penalties.
“If we ever had to take an unfortunate win, we would pick this up,” All Blocks manager Ian Foster said succinctly.
“It was clear it would be a competitive match. We tried to climb on the scoreboard, but we could not. The match was not good, but in the end I liked my team’s attitude,” Foster added.
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After New Zealand’s first attempt, Springbox took the lead in the 11th and 13th minutes (11-7) with Nkosi’s try and two penalties.
But Barrett responded with two penalties, which allowed New Zealand to advance to the break (13-11).
In the second half, New Zealand and South Africa alternately took the lead on the scoreboard, with Pollard and Barrett’s penalty, until the latter final, which gave victory to all the Blacks.
“The strategy of the game worked. We had opportunities, I think they had opportunities. It was played in very open and small details. Sometimes the scoreboard looks at you and smiles, sometimes not,” South African coach Jacques Ninafar said succinctly.
With 24 points in the rankings and only one game to go, the All-Blocks will not be able to catch up with the Fox (11 points), Australia (9 points) and Argentina (0 points) before facing each other this weekend. .
This new title further confirms New Zealand’s dominance in a championship, which has been won 18 times in 26 editions.
During another win against South Africa, the Blacks are still in contention for the Grand Slam match they will capture on October 2, similar to the Independence Cup.
21 2021 AFP
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