All Blacks hum­ble Springboks in rout

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SPORT | RACING -

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.

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