Watch: All Blacks stun 'Boks in Pretoria as Richie Mo'unga kicks last-gasp match-winning conversion

The All Blacks have delivered a remarkable fightback win against South Africa winning 32-30 against the Springboks in Pretoria this morning.

Looking for revenge after the 36-34 loss in Wellington last month, Steve Hansen's side had their work cut out, at altitude, down 30-13, as South Africa hammered them with three tries in the opening 25 minutes of the second half.

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But after Rieko Ioane went over in the left corner, Scott Barrett crossed again in the last five minutes to put the All Blacks within touching distance, with the boot of Richie Mo'unga bringing them within five.

A penalty, from a crucial turnover in the 78th minute then saw Beauden Barrett bang the ball 70 metres into touch, five out from the South African line, and after several phases from the lineout, Ardie Savea came up with the winning try, diving over from close range, before Mo'unga sealed the win with a nerveless conversion, as the final whistle went.

South Africa in control

Earlier, in a tight first half, the All Blacks showed that they were up to the task of matching the Springboks in home conditions, with two penalties apiece from Beauden Barrett and Handre Pollard seeing the scores locked at 6-6 going into the break.

From there though, the Springboks showed their class to take control of the match.

It was the hosts that would draw first blood after the break, as centre Jesse Kriel finished off a brilliant bit of attacking play started by fullback Willie le Roux, beating both Ryan Crotty and Waisake Naholo to score in the corner.

Pollard was again on target with the boot from the conversion, before landing a monster penalty to push the scores out to 16-6 less than 10 minutes into the second spell.

Not to be outdone, Kriel's midfield partner Damien de Allende would also score, capitalising on some brilliance from captain Siya Kolisi, bumping off All Blacks prop Tim Perry in the process.

The All Blacks stayed in the contest, with Aaron Smith going in with the help of Codie Taylor, before a controversial call from the TMO appeared to take the wind out of the visitors' sails.

As South African winger Cheslin Kolbe claimed a try in the corner, video replays appeared inconclusive as to whether or not his momentum had carried him to the line, before TMO Graham Hughes went in favour of the hosts.

Down 30-13, the All Blacks fightback began as Ioane dived over in the left corner to give the All Blacks hope.

Minutes later, after Savea's try and Mo'unga's conversion clinched the clash, the All Blacks celebrated in jubilant fashion, after closing out the match in a way they couldn't do in Wellington three weeks earlier, for a small slice of revenge.


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