All Blacks school Boks

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

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.

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