Brilliant Springboks hold on to edge All Blacks in brutal Wellington Test match

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of the Rugby Championship clash between New Zealand and South Africa from Wellington.

FULLTIME - ALL BLACKS 34 SPRINGBOKS 36

The Springboks hold onto win a famous victory over the All Blacks. Damian McKenzie has the ball stripped from him and the Boks kick the ball into touch.

Ben Smith.
All Blacks v France. Rugby Union. Steinlager Series, 1st test match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 9 June 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
All Blacks star back Ben Smith. Source: Photosport

79 mins: ALL BLACKS 34 SPRINGBOKS 36

SCRUM! The All Blacks have one last throw of the dice with a 5m attacking scrum. A possible drop goal here to win the match???

74 mins: ALL BLACKS 34 SPRINGBOKS 36

TRY! Ardie Savea powers over to score after a great All Blacks line-out drive. Savea shows tremendous strength to get the ball down and he pops up and salutes the crowd.

Beauden Barrett's conversion hits the uprights and the Springboks have a two-point lead with five minutes left on the clock.

69 mins: ALL BLACKS 29 SPRINGBOKS 36

NO TRY! Rieko Ioane tries to run over the top of Cheslin Kolbe but he is dragged into touch.

66 mins: ALL BLACKS 29 SPRINGBOKS 36

YELLOW CARD! Willie le Roux has been sent to the bin after being offside and making a tackle on Rieko Ioane when the All Blacks looked in good try scoring position.

61 mins: ALL BLACKS 29 SPRINGBOKS 36

TRY! Codie Taylor crosses over to score after a well-worked line-out drive from the All Blacks.

Beauden Barrett's conversion attempt hits the uprights. The Springboks lead by seven-points.

57 mins: ALL BLACKS 24 SPRINGBOKS 36

TRY! Elton Jantjies throws a pin-point pop pass to Warren Whiteley, the South African No.8 then passes the ball to Aphiwe Dyantyi. The All Blacks' cover defence are too slow to react and Dyanti weaves his way over to score down the left edge. That's his second try of the match.

The conversion is no good from out wide.

52 mins: ALL BLACKS 24 SPRINGBOKS 31

TRY! TJ Perenara makes a skip pass out left to Beauden Barrett who then passes the ball to Rieko Ioane. The No.11 tip-toes down the left flank and dives over to score his second try of the match.

Beauden Barrett is on target with his conversion attempt from the sideline.

47 mins: ALL BLACKS 17 SPRINGBOKS 31

PENALTY! Sam Cane earns the All Blacks a much needed penalty! South Africa have been penalised for not releasing the ball around the halfway mark.

45 mins: ALL BLACKS 17 SPRINGBOKS 31

SCRUM! Aaron Smith can't hold onto the ball after a good defensive read by Springboks half Faf de Klerk who forces the mistake. The Springboks have a scrum on their own 40 metre line.

42 mins: ALL BLACKS 17 SPRINGBOKS 31

TRY! Anton Liernert-Brown's pass has been intercepted by reserve Springboks speedster Cheslin Kolbe. A bad start for the home side as the reserve back sprints in to score untouched down the right edge.

Handre Pollard lands his kick at goal from out wide.

40 mins: ALL BLACKS 17 SPRINGBOKS 24

And we are back underway! Beauden Barrett opts for a short kick off towards South Africa.

HALFTIME - ALL BLACKS 17 SPRINGBOKS 24

An entertaining half of footy - after being down 12-0 at the start of the first half the Springboks storm their way back to lead 24-17 at the break.

40 mins: ALL BLACKS 17 SPRINGBOKS 24

THREE! The All Blacks are made to pay after they opt to run the ball with the siren going off. Handre Pollard nails his penalty kick at goal. 

38 mins: ALL BLACKS 17 SPRINGBOKS 21

TRY! Rieko Ioane is in! The All Blacks show great patience after relentless attacking phases. The space is out left and the ABs spread it out to Ioane who runs around to score close to the goal posts.

Beauden Barrett misses his shot at goal from out wide.

32 mins: ALL BLACKS 12 SPRINGBOKS 21

TRY! Malcom Marx dives over to score after a brilliant drive from the visitors. 

The kick from Handre Pollard is straight down the middle and the visitors have stunned the All Blacks.

30 mins: ALL BLACKS 12 SPRINGBOKS 14

PENALTY! Willie le Roux earns his side a crucial penalty with the All Blacks failing to release the ball at the breakdown. Liam Squire is down in back play, looks like he has injured his shoulder. South Africa turn down three points at goal and kick the ball to touch. They have a line-out 5m out of the All Blacks' goal line.

25 mins: ALL BLACKS 12 SPRINGBOKS 14

TRY! Jordie Barrett tries to go quickly from the line-out and his pass is intercepted by Willie le Roux. The Springboks fullback goes in under the posts. The Springboks are in front for the first time in the match.

Handré Pollard makes no mistake with his kick at goal.

20 mins: ALL BLACKS 12 SPRINGBOKS 7

TRY! The Springboks are on the score-board! Faf de Klerk delivers a perfect pass to Malcolm Marx. This time it is the Springboks hooker that recognises the space down the left edge and passes it to Willie le Roux who then gives it to Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Aphwie goes in under the posts to score the first try for the visitors.

Handré Pollard adds the extras from in front.

16 mins: ALL BLACKS 12 SPRINGBOKS 0

TRY! Codie Taylor delivers a perfect pop pass to Ben Smith at halfway and Smith away! He runs 30m before sucking in the last Springboks defender and he passes the ball to his teammate Aaron Smith who has no-one in front of him.

Aaron dives over to score down the right edge. The All Blacks have been pin-point with their passing on attack.

Beauden Barrett converts the try from out wide.

Eben Etzebeth and Brodie Retallick.
Eben Etzebeth and Brodie Retallick. Source: Photosport

11 mins: ALL BLACKS 5 SPRINGBOKS 0

SCRUM! After a great break from Ben Smith down the right flank, the All Blacks fail to score any points on the break out attack with Scott Barrett fumbling the ball 5m out from South Africa's goal line.

8 mins: ALL BLACKS 5 SPRINGBOKS 0

KNOCK-ON! The ABs skipper Kieran Read makes a steal inside his own 40m line and the All Blacks spread the ball left quickly. Rieko Ioane can't hold onto the ball as the All Blacks looked to be on the counter attack. To be honest the pass from Beauden Barrett wasn't the greatest.

Scrum to the Springboks just outside the ABs 22.

4 mins: ALL BLACKS 5 SPRINGBOKS 0

TRY! The Barrett boys connect! Aaron Smith makes a poor pass to his first-five Beauden Barrett, but the classy No.10 makes a superb pick up and delivers a peach of a pass to Jordie Barrett.

Jordie finds himself into space around the 22m mark and the Springboks defence is in disarray - Jordie crosses over to score the first try in the opening five minutes of the match.

Beauden Barrett misses his shot at goal from out wide.

2 mins: ALL BLACKS 0 SPRINGBOKS 0

PENALTY! A solid scrum for the All Blacks. South Africa's lock Eben Etzebeth is penalised for taking out Aaron Smith and the All Blacks kick the ball into touch.

KICK-OFF! ALL BLACKS 0 SPRINGBOKS 0

And we are underway! Handré Pollard gets things started with a long kick-off to the All Blacks and it bounces dead. The All Blacks have a scrum at halfway.

PREVIEW

After a spirited 46-24 win over Argentina last week, the All Blacks can seal another Rugby Championship title with a bonus point victory in the capital tonight.

Standing in their way though, is the old enemy, South Africa.

Coach Steve Hansen has named what would appear to be his strongest available side, with the likes of Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane and Sam Cane returning to the side after stints on the sidelines.

Opposing them is a South African side short on confidence, and on the wrong end of recent results.

Back-to-back defeats to Argentina and Australia have left the Springboks in disarray, with coach Rassie Erasmus stating that defeat tonight could see his tenure with South Africa terminated.

The visitors though, will be boosted by the return of dynamic hooker Malcolm Marx.

TEAMS

New Zealand: 15. Jordie Barrett, 14. Ben Smith, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Rieko Ioane, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Kieran Read (c), 7. Sam Cane, 6. Liam Squire, 5. Scott Barrett, 4. Samuel Whitelock, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Karl Tu'inukuafe

Replacements: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Tim Perry, 18. Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19. Patrick Tuipulotu, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Jack Goodhue, 23. Damian McKenzie

South Africa: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Jesse Kriel, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi (c), 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Beast Mtawarira, 18. Wilco Louw, 19. RG Snyman, 20. Francois Louw, 21. Ross Cronjé, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Cheslin Kolbe

40 mins: ALL BLACKS 17 SPRINGBOKS 24

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'That's not the NZ way' - Springboks coach says All Blacks were never gunning for drop-goal match winner

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus had no doubt in his mind that the All Blacks were chasing a match winning try in his team's 36-34 upset win in Wellington.

Erasmus was asked at a press conference had he thought about a drop goal from the home side, with the South African coach saying New Zealand were always gunning for a try.

"I think that is New Zealand you know, they would win it with a try," said Erasmus.

Rassie Erasmus said the 36-34 win over New Zealand has given his side belief in competing for the Rugby Championship title. Source: 1 NEWS

"That's the way they do things, again that is a compliment to them."

In the dying moments of the Rugby Championship match, Damian McKenzie had the ball stripped from him just as it looked like the All Blacks were going to score.

"I didn't even think that Beauden (Barrett) would drop goal.

"I guess it was an option to score but that is not the New Zealand way," said Erasmus.

"Maybe in a World Cup Beauden would do that but not in a (Rugby) Championship game."

Rassie Erasmus said maybe in a Rugby World Cup the All Blacks would have thought about a drop goal. Source: 1 NEWS


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'Very proud' - Gracious Springboks coach humble in victory over All Blacks

South Africa's coach Rassie Erasmus revealed that his side has grown massive belief in being serious contenders for next year's World Cup after they defeated the All Blacks 36-34 in Wellington tonight.

The Springboks had lost their previous Rugby Championship matches to Australia and Argentina.

But the visitors pulled off a massive upset over New Zealand in a Test that went right down to the wire.

"We could've lost this game in the last minute - we are not foolish," Erasmus said a post-match press conference.

"We know that this game could've gone totally against us in the last few seconds, so we were a bit lucky.

"But we are very relieved and very proud to beat New Zealand in New Zealand."

The Springboks were reduced to just 14 men in the second spell when Willie le Roux was sent to the bin for a professional foul late in the second half.

"This gives us a lot of belief which is a big compliment to New Zealand because it is tough."

The humble South African coach said he was proud of his team's efforts and was extremely happy to have defeated the All Blacks on their home soil.

"Nobody beats them here so we are very privileged to be one of those teams."

The last time South Africa had won in New Zealand against the All Blacks was 2009.

Rassie Erasmus said the 36-34 win over New Zealand has given his side belief in competing for the Rugby Championship title. Source: 1 NEWS


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'That's not the reason why we lost' - Steve Hansen backs Beauden Barrett, says All Blacks defence not up to scratch against Springboks

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was quick to defend his first-five Beauden Barrett, saying his goal-kicking wasn't perfect but it was his side's defence that let them down against the Springboks.

The Springboks secured their first win on New Zealand soil since 2009 with a 36-34 win over the All Blacks in Wellington tonight.

Barrett had a horror night with the boot only converting two out of six shots at goal in his side's Rugby Championship match.

"We could sit here and turnaround and say we could have kicked a couple of goals and won the game," Hansen said at a post-match press conference.

"That's not why we lost the game, we lost the game because we allowed South Africa to score 36-points and that is something that we can control as a team."

The All Blacks coach said his side didn’t execute under presser and the visitors deserved their 36-34 win in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

The All Blacks coach said his side just weren't good enough on defence against the plucky Springboks.

"It's a team game and in this case I know that Beauden is feeling it and he'll be disappointed but he'll (Barrett) maybe come out next week and kick 100 per cent," he said.

"That's the way goalkicking is you can't carry that bag of coal around on your back all the time because it will kill ya.

"So whilst it would have been nice it just didn't happen tonight.

"As Foz (All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster) said it hit the post twice, it doesn't get much closer than that."

Barrett converted only two conversions from six in tonight's 36-34 loss to the Springboks. Source: 1 NEWS


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'No point b******* about that' - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen credits Springboks on win, doesn't blame officials for missed call

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted at tonight's press conference that he heard a call from a side-line official, saying the Springboks halfback and number eight were offside in the final moments of his side's Test match loss.

But Hansen believes had the referee in charge Nigel Owen heard the call he would have blown the whistle.

"I just heard the same thing you did, obviously Nigel (Owen) didn't hear it or he would have done something about it," Hansen told reporters.

South Africa pushed the All Blacks right till fulltime, earning themselves a 36-34 win over the home team at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Hansen said he holds no grudges against the officials and said South Africa deserved their victory.

"No point in me b******* about that, the game's about taking your opportunities and making sure the opposition don't.

"We didn't do that tonight, so the result is a credit to South Africa.

"I thought they played particularly well and we'll come out of it with a lot of things to work on.

"We'll leave Nige (Owen) out of it."

The All Blacks will take a week off before flying out to Buenos Aires where they will take on Argentina on September 30 in their next Rugby Championship match.

The All Blacks coach said his side didn’t execute under presser and the visitors deserved their 36-34 win in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS


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