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As it happened - All Blacks v Springboks

Published: 10:44PM Saturday October 06, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Catch up on all the action as the All Blacks attempted a Rugby Championship sweep against the Springboks. 

Full-time: Springboks 16-32 All Blacks
The All Blacks rebounded in the second-half to score an emphatic win over the Boks, extending their winning run to 16 matches and ensuring they finish off an immaculate inaugural Rugby Chapionship campaign in appropriate fashion.

After starting slowly andf finding themselves behind 12-16 at half-time the All Blacks found their accuracy and rhythm in the second period to finish well on top of the hosts.

Two quick tries to Ma'a Nonu and Corad Smith put them 10 in front before Carters clever field goal and 72nd minute penalty sealed the result.

Despite being a man down in the last 15 minutes the All Blacks showed the confidence and tactical nous to close the game out. Dan Carter directed play well to steer them home while replacements Keven Mealamu, Adam Thomson and Piri Weepu all making an impact when they were introduced.

Richie McCaw's men can now enjoy their success and rest up before eying their end of year European tour in November.

79mins Springboks 16-32 All Blacks
Aaron Cruden misses a last minute penalty for the final play of the game after the Boks were pinged for collapsing the scrum.

76mins Springboks 16-32 All Blacks
Dan Carter has been replaced by Aaron Cruden while Dagg has also returned to the field.

72mins Springboks 16-32 All Blacks
Dan Carter bangs over another penalty from 35 out after the Springboks were found guilty of a ruck infringement.

66mins Springboks 16-29 All Blacks
The All Blacks are a man down with Israel dagg sin-binned for entering a ruck from the side. The call was a marginal one yet the referee's hand was forced after he has already blown 11 penalties to the home side.

60mins Springboks 16-29 All Blacks
Dan Carter extends the All Blacks lead with a left-footed field goal after a rushing Boks defence limited his time and space. The Boks look stunned by the change in fortunes and the All Blacks are warming to their task.

Steve Hansen is rining the changes with Piri Weepu on at halfback for Aaron Smith and Adam Thomson on for Liam Messam at No. 6.

53mins Springboks 16-26 All Blacks
TRY! Conrad Smith dives over the chalk out wide after sharp attacking play from the All Blacks. From a 10-metre scrum, Hosea Gear menaced a staggered Springboks defence before finding Carter who showed quick hands to get it to Smith. Carter makes no mistake wuith the conversion and the All Blacks are now ahead by 10-points.

50mins Springboks 16-19 All Blacks
All Blacks replacement hooker Keven Mealamu takes the field for Andrew Hore. Mealamu is making his 100th appearance and 99th Test in the black jersey.

49mins Springboks 16-19 All Blacks
The penalties continue to flow against the All Blacks with Richie McCaw recieving a stern warning from the referee after he blew the ninth straight penalty to the home side. Elton Jantjies however has been unable to make the most of his two second-half kicks with both of them striking the uprights to let the All Blacks off the hook.  

41mins Springboks 16-19 All Blacks
TRY! The All Blacks score from the kick-off with No. 8 Kieran Read featuring twice in the lead-up before off-loading for Nonu to score out wide. Carter converrts to regain the lead and hand the All Blacks the perfect start to the second period.

40mins Springboks 16-12 All Blacks
Dan Carter kicks-off the second-half and the All Blacks reclaim possession through lock Brodie Retallick.

Halftime: Springboks 16-12 All Blacks
The All Blacks find themselves behind on the scoreboard after a fast and entertaining opening half which was dominated by South Africa.

The All Blacks produced some great defence early only to struggle for possession and territory in the opening quarter before the Boks finally capitalised with the opening score to Bryan Habana.

The All Blacks struck back with their first real sniff, showing their potent try-scroring ability with two quick tries to Sam Whitelock and Aaron Smith, despite hardly having been in the opposition half.

Penalties are killing New Zealand's hopes, and two penalties to the impressive Elton Jantjies handed them back the lead and some confidence after Johan Goosen's kicking looked shaky early on.

The All Blacks were down at halftime in the corresponding clash last year and came back to win - a similar effort is needed in the second-half.

39mins Springboks 16-12 All Blacks
Jantjies bangs over a monster 49 metre goal to see the Springbks head to the break leading by four. The All Blacks were again penalised, this time when a scrum collapsed, making it 7-0 to the hosts in that stat. 

35mins Springboks 13-12 All Blacks
Ma'a Nonu is pinged for offside to give the Boks their sixth penalty in a row with the All Blacks yet to enjoy one. Elton Jantjies gets three-points back for his side with his first attempt of the day.

32mins Springboks 10-12 All Blacks
TRY! The All Blacks are in again with halfback Aaron Smith scoring under the posts after Hosea Gear made the most of a Ma'a Nonu midfield break. The second-five found Carter who put Gear away before he pssed inside for Smith to race away. Carter converts to give the ABs the lead for the first time in the match.

24mins Springboks 10-5 All Blacks TRY! The All Blacks hit back with a stunning counter-attacking try to lock Sam Whitelock after the Boks failed to find touch. Israel Dagg threw it to Read in centrefield, who shifted it on to  winger Hosea Gear who busted the line and offloaded for Read to find Whitelock. The rangy athletic lock still had a lot of work to do, beating two defenders to stretch out and score in the corner. Dan Carter's conversion sailed close but drifted to the left of the posts.

20mins Springboks 10-0 All Blacks
The All Blacks are again penalised with prop Owen Franks caught offside, Goosen is gifted another three points from within easy range.

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick was lucky to escape sanction for a tipping tackle on his South African opposite Andries Bekker. The All Blacks have had a messy start to the game and have struggled for possession and territory while the hosts continue to grow in confidence.

12mins Springboks 7-0 All Blacks
TRY! The Boks notch first points with a try under the posts from winger Bryan Habana. The try-scoring talent loomed up to take the final pass from Jean de Villiers after a beautiful set move from a short lineout. The All Blacks dropped off tackles in the middle of the park before Richie McCaw's hand knocked it backwards only for de Villiers to collect it and find his winger to finish off. Goosen nails the kick.

4mins Springboks 0-0 All Blacks
Goosen is given a second attempt after another penalty goes against the All Blacks, but as he did last week against Australia, the young five-eighth has missed his first two kicks. The game has yet to cross into Springboks territory and the All Blacks have done well to weather the early onslaught while the Boks have squandered two scoring opportunities.

0mins Springboks 0-0 All Blacks
Springboks five-eighth Johan Goosen kicks off to get things underway. The All Blacks took it in and worked their way upfield before having to produce a big defensive effort to hold the Boks out. All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore conceded a ruck penalty just two minutes in and allowed Goosen a shot at goal but his radar was off.

PRE-GAME

The All Blacks have swept all before them so far this season - Steve Hansen's first as head coach - but you feel none of that counts if they drop their final outing against the old foe - South Africa.

Their impressive win over Argentina last week secured the inaugural Rugby Championship trophy and the Bledisloe Cup has been locked away in NZRFU headquarters for another year.

But these are the Springboks and you just know they are going to bring it!

A win tonight would bring their run of consecutive Test victories to 17 - equalling the run of the 1965-69 All Blacks and 1997-98 Springbocks. Ahead of them, just the 18 wins achieved by tier-three Lithuania.

These All Blacks are always setting new goals, so don't expect them to take the foot off the pedal just because they've already won this championship.

 

All Blacks: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Cory Jane, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Hosea Gear, 10-Daniel Carter, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Richie McCaw (c), 6-Liam Messam, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: 16-Keven Mealamu, 17-Ben Franks, 18-Luke Romano, 19-Adam Thomson, 20-Piri Weepu, 21-Aaron Cruden, 22-Tamati Ellison

Springboks: 15-Zane Kirchner, 14-Bryan Habana, 13-Jaco Taute, 12-Jean de Villiers, 11-Francois Hougaard, 10-Johan Goosen, 9-Ruan Pienaar, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 7-Willem Alberts, 6-Francois Louw, 5-Andries Bekker, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Jannie du Plessis, 2-Adriaan Strauss, 1-Tendai Mtawarira.

Reserves: 16-Tiaan Liebenberg, 17-Coenie Oosthuizen, 18-Flip van der Merwe, 19-Marcell Coetzee, 20-Elton Jantjies, 21-Juan de Jongh, 22-Pat Lambie.

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