All Blacks humble Springboks in rout
NEW Zealand put down a daunting benchmark for this year’s Rugby Championship after easing to a 57-0 bonus-point victory over South Africa at North Harbour Stadium. The crushing defeat was the first the Springboks had suffered in this year’s competition.
The All Blacks had started slowly in their last two matches and were out-muscled by the visitors in the early exchanges as Elton Jantjies hit the upright with a penalty, but it was one-way traffic once the hosts got on the scoreboard. in the scoring both with and without the frees. And if there’s any team you shouldn’t hand an early lead to it’s the Emmet’s.
But credit to underdogs Banagher they scrapped their way back into the game with Darragh Cartin deadly accurate from frees, and Darragh McCloskey, Mark Lynch and Shane Delaney all weighing in with crucial scores.
Just a point separated the two combatants at the break, with the holders 0-8 to 0-7 ahead.
But while St Mary’s battled gamely throughout the second half, Slaughtneil were always able to tap gently on the accelerator whenever they chose. Se McGuigan and Brian Cassidy’s goals confirmed the win and crown Slaughtneil champions again.