Ruth­less All Blacks thrash South Africa

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Winger Nehe Mil­ner-Skud­der scored two of the All Blacks’ eight tries as they de­stroyed South Africa 57-0 at North Har­bour Sta­dium yes­ter­day to post a record points mar­gin against the Springboks.

The All Blacks were ruth­less in their ex­e­cu­tion of their op­por­tu­ni­ties to post 50 points for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive test against their tra­di­tional foes, with their 57-15 win last year in Dur­ban the pre­vi­ous largest mar­gin.

Rieko Ioane, Mil­ner-Skud­der, Brodie Re­tal­lick and Scott Bar­rett all crossed in the first half to give the All Blacks a 31-0 lead at the break, be­fore the right winger, Ofa Tu’un­gafasi Lima Sopoaga and Codie Tay­lor all scored in the sec­ond half.

De­spite the score­line, the Springboks cre­ated numer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties them­selves with their run­ning lines, in­ter­play and kicks into space but were un­able to fin­ish off as the All Blacks de­fence was su­perb.

The All Blacks were ruth­less in iden­ti­fy­ing space and tak­ing their op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out the game and had sealed the win by half­time. They scored three long range tries with Ioane, Mil­ner-Skud­der and Re­tal­lick all cross­ing af­ter the world cham­pi­ons iden­ti­fied space be­hind the de­fen­sive line.

Re­place­ment Scott Bar­rett also crossed af­ter his older brother Beau­den cross-kicked for Dane Coles to knock the ball down to the 23-year-old, who was on the field as Liam Squire un­der­went a head in­jury as­sess­ment. Mil­ner-Skud­der grabbed his sec­ond try in the 53rd minute and both coaches then emp­tied the benches, with Tu’un­gafasi scor­ing his first test try 10 min­utes later.

The All Blacks dom­i­nated the fi­nal 20 min­utes with the Springboks de­fend­ing for much of it and it was tes­ta­ment to their grit they only con­ceded the tries to Sopoaga in the 73rd minute and Tay­lor af­ter the full­time hooter.

The Springboks next face Aus­tralia in Bloem­fontein on Oct. 1, while the All Blacks play Ar­gentina in Buenos Aires.—Reuters

AUCK­LAND: New Zealand’s winger Rieko Ioane scores a try against South Africa dur­ing their Rugby Cham­pi­onship match in Auck­land, New Zealand, yes­ter­day. The All Blacks de­feated the Springboks 57-0. — AP

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