All Blacks school Boks
THE All Blacks pummelled South Africa 57-0 in yesterday’s Rugby Championship Test at North Harbour Stadium in Albany.
The world champions cleaned the floor with the Springboks, running in eight unanswered tries and playing with the attacking brilliance they were known for in 2016.
Five-eighth Beauden Barrett was exceptional, bouncing back from last week’s subdued display against Argentina to notch up two try assists.
Aaron Smith put on a clinic at halfback and locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock ran amok through the middle.
New Zealand’s ability to at- tack against unstructured defences was simply too potent – allowing Nehe Milner-Skudder to score twice and Rieko Ioane, Scott Barrett, Retallick, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Anton Lienert-Brown and Codie Taylor to also cross the line.
With four wins from four, the All Blacks are now in pole position to retain the Rugby Championship, with trips to Buenos Aires and Cape Town to come.
The Springboks, meanwhile, will lick their wounds after their first Test defeat of 2017.
Stacking the breakdown early and denying the All Blacks time and space to run free, the South Africans appeared keen to start a war of attrition.