South Africa vs New Zealand Rugby Championship highlights


Whitelock, Cane, Squire and Crotty all come back into the starting line-up for the big clash in Cape Town, live on Sky Sports, with the team essentially the same one that destroyed the Springboks 57-0 in Auckland last month.

South Africa took the lead in the second half after Jean-Luc du Preez scored, but New Zealand then scored an intercept try and soon after, the Springboks conceded another three points when Damian de Allende was red-carded for a high shot.

The performance had many observers wondering why the Springboks have not played that way in their earlier matches this year. "They don't seem to have any weak areas, so we will have to show that we've learnt from our experience in Albany", Coetzee said.

Australia and South Africa also gave us some exciting matches, in both of their fixtures against each other, the sides couldn't be separated and they had to settle for a 23-23 and 27-27 draw in Perth and Bloemfontein, respectively.

The champs also came through after losing playmaker Beauden Barrett to a head knock midway through the first half, and unsafe winger Nehe Milner-Skudder to a dislocated right shoulder at the end of the half. "But working for the mate next to you; that is something you can not coach and that makes me so proud to see how they play for each other".

Coetzee said he knew the areas that required further work: "We had them under pressure at times, but you can not give the ball away against New Zealand. We kicked well, we only had one contestable that did not work out and in the end, we were two points short".

'You get greater pleasure when you see people performing under pressure.

Their level dropped off in the second half against the Pumas and was indicative of a season where the team has failed to sustain their performance for 80 minutes.

McKenzie's magical try, slicing through South Africa's defensive line and speeding away, was the first of two late blows that finally sealed it.