All Blacks and Spring­boks Ri­valry

NZ Rugby World - - 2017 The Year In Review -

Some nay-say­ers reck­oned this classic ri­valry was dead af­ter the All Blacks posted a record 57-0 vic­tory in Al­bany. Ridicu­lous.

Th­ese days those sorts of re­sults can hap­pen all too eas­ily. It’s the na­ture of the game and the All Blacks only need a hand­ful of chances to run up a cricket score.

It was, then, hugely pleas­ing to see the Boks storm back a few weeks later in Cape Town and take the game to the wire. It was a classic con­test that re­minded every­one of the days of old – two iconic teams, giv­ing it every­thing and play­ing with an ob­vi­ous and deep mu­tual re­spect for one an­other.

With a bit of luck the Boks would have won – but they made their point...that they are a valid, hon­est and wor­thy op­po­nent.

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