Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
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All Blacks come from behind to stun Springboks

All Blacks come from behind to stun Springboks

Cane left the field with injury 35 minutes into the game.

Barrett scored a try after incessant New Zealand pressure to reduce the deficit to five points with four minutes remaining, and with time nearly up, Savea set up the win sealed by a Richie Mo'unga conversion. Sometimes if you keep knocking on the door someone will open it and you can come in. South Africa regained a 17-point advantage when Cheslin Kolbe scored in the corner and Pollard maintained a superb goal-kicking performance by converting from the touchline.

"Everybody who watched tonight ... some will be disappointed, but they can't be disappointed in the rugby that was played".

The outcome had no bearing on the southern hemisphere championship, with the All Blacks clinching first place after a win in Argentina last weekend and South Africa coming second.

The defining minutes were the last five when New Zealand twice set up lineouts five meters out from the Springboks line and twice showed deadly accuracy to score off them.

South Africa for an hour of the match were the better team in just about every single department.

Savea and Mo'unga then combined to win it, ensuring the All Blacks finish another Rugby Championship - when they claimed their sixth title in seven years - with a win that will give them as much pleasure as the championship.

"We have every confidence he will do well with the operation and like any fracture it will probably take about three months for the bone to get strong and we'll take it step by step", Page told journalists.

"We let it go at the end, they were more alert than us", Kolisi said.

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