There are still two rounds of Rugby Championship matches to be played. But, that is immaterial now as New Zealand has won the Rugby Championships on their home soil after taming South Africans 41-13.
The Rugby Championship was confirmed in New Zealand after Argentina was not able to stop the formidable Australian rugby team from winning with a 36-20 in another championship match. The All Blacks have reclaimed the Rugby Championship title from the Australians.
The match against South Africa was played at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Dane Coles gave everyone a Masterclass on how to play in the backline and he was responsible for setting up three of the New Zealand tries.
The World Champions showed why they are rated as the number one team in the world and Springboks did not have any answers to the questions raised by the All Black players. It’s no wonder tickets to the New Zealand games against England sold out in record time (though there are still a few seats available on this website).
The Coles passes were well received and completed with tries by Sam Whitelock, Israel Dagg and Julian Savea. The finishing touches were given by Ardie Savea, Ben Smith and TJ Perenara as they crossed to earn New Zealand bonus point victory.
By virtue of this test win against the South Africans, New Zealand stays pretty in the lead with 20 points and thereby also clinch the Rugby Championship title for 2016 with two more matches to go. There was nothing to cheer about for the Springboks apart from their winger Bryan Habana completing his 66th test try. He is just three tries short of Japan’s Daisuke Ohata for the maximum number of tries title.
New Zealand did not put up a good showing in the first half and ended the first half with a score line of just 15-10. The second half saw a complete change and the Black Caps were all over the Springbok players and thereby won convincingly.