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Springboks vs Allblacks: Heartbreak!
By Patrick Korir | Sat 06 Oct, 2018 19:52

South Africa were on course for another famous win over New Zealand in the sixth and final Rugby Championship tie at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Saturday 5 October, 2018 to complete a rare double, but were nicked at the death to end up 32-30 losers.

South Africa led the tie 30-13 into the final 20 minutes but a gritty New Zealand with a never say die attitude clawed back to nail it after completing one of the greatest comebacks. 

Relentless late pressure on the Boks try line yielded a try by Ardie Savea that tied the game at 30-30 with a minute on the clock left. A big kick by Richie Mo'unga handed the Allblacks the win leaving Boks and their fans heartbroken.

In mid September Boks took down the Allblacks 36-34 in Wellington for their first win on New Zealand soil in nine years.

But on this day New Zealand served the Boks the perfect riposte to fork out the win from the jaws of an imminent loss.

The epic duel was tied 6-6 at half time and by the 53rd minute the Boks were up 23-6. Two minutes on it was 23-13 before the Boks hit it at 30-13 at the hour mark.

Handre Pollard's two penalties in the forth and 13th minutes gave the Boks a 6-0 lead. Beauden Barrett's response on 25 and 36 minutes leveled it at the break. 

A superb try by centre Jesse Kriel four minutes into the second half, and a Pollard drive had the Boks up 13-6. 

A try from centre Damiande Allende sandwiched by a Pollard penalty on 48 minutes and conversion after the touchdown stretched the Boks away.

An Aaron Smith try and Mo'unga extra slashed the deficit to 23-13. A Cheslin Kolbe try at the hour - that needed a TMO confirmation -, and a Pollard conversion took the Boks up 30-13. 

But that's where it ended for them as a Rieko Ioane unconverted try on 62 minutes started the Allblacks fight back. 

A Scot Barret dive on 75 minutes and Mo'unga extra drew the Allblacks uncomfortably close to 30-25.

That served up a nervy ending and with a minute to time it was Savea going over allowing Mo'unga to kill it with the final kick.

The tie was a dead rubber as the Allblacks had claimed the Rugby championship last week with a win over the Pumas in Buenos Aires. It was far from it. 

Lineups

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

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Beast Mtawarira, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse.

New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 2 Codie Taylor, 3 Owen Franks, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 5 Scott Barrett, 6 Shannon Frizell, 7 Sam Cane, 8 Kieran Read (c).

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo'unga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

Patrick Korir
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