Ruthless All Blacks thrash South Africa
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