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CityPress - - Sport - Atrick Lam­bie be­came an in­stant na­tional hero last night as he kicked a 55m penalty to snatch a long-de­sired vic­tory for South Africa over the All Blacks. Fran­cois Hougaard, Han­dre Pol­lard (2) Pol­lard (3) Pol­lard (1), Pa­trick Lam­bie (1) Malakai Fek­i­toa, B

This was the Boks first vic­tory over the All Blacks since 2011 and Heyneke Meyer’s in­au­gu­ral win over the men in black.

New Zealand sealed the Rugby Cham­pi­onship with a win over Ar­gentina last week but there was no way this was to be a dead rub­ber match.

The Spring­boks had led for most of the match but when the All Blacks fought back strongly to edge in front, 25-24, it seemed Jean de Vil­liers and his men might slip to their sixth de­feat in a row to their old foes.

But a rash shoul­der charge by Liam Mes­sam on Schalk Burger gave the Boks a penalty and a chance to snatch vic­tory.

Even though the penalty seemed to have been awarded on the wrong spot by ref­eree Wayne Barnes, Lam­bie stepped up and coolly slot­ted the kick from inside his own half.

A rous­ing ren­di­tion of the an­them sig­nalled that a jam-packed El­lis Park was right be­hind the Boks, and De Vil­liers and his men quickly sig­nalled they in­tended to chan­nel the emo­tion pos­i­tively.

The Boks took the ball wide at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and wiped out Beau­den Bar­rett’s first score, a penalty, with a won­der­ful try by Fran­cois Hougaard.

Show­ing they had been given the li­cence to run, Wil­lie le Roux let the ball out across his own posts and a neat grub­ber on the far side and strong run by Jan Ser­fontein was fin­ished off as the chunky scrum half flashed up on to carry the ball home in a 40m sprint to the line.

The All Blacks were strug­gling to win clean ball and set up solid phases at the line-outs, and were clearly rat­tled by the Spring­boks to play the ball to the ex­trem­i­ties.

It was un­sur­pris­ing when the Boks worked Bryan Ha­bana away on the out­side. The Bok sprinter smashed through Is­rael Dagg’s tackle to make ground up­field and when he was caught by the cover de­fence there was prop Jan­nie du Plessis, of all peo­ple, to take the pass.

The Boks set a fiery ruck and when the ball came out young, Han­dré Pol­lard took it on him­self to take on the line, step be­wil­der­ingly, and crash over un­der the cross­bar.

Pol­lard con­verted to put the boks 14-6 clear but it did not take long for the All Blacks to show why they take so much watch­ing.

Aaron Smith man­aged to shuf­fle the ball away to Ju­lian Savea from a scrum that was in trou­ble and the winger sprinted strongly, and chipped and gath­ered the ball him­self, to take the thrust into the Boks’ 22.

The All Blacks re­cy­cled quickly and when the ball

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got to Bar­rett, he ex­pertly worked the space to set the pow­er­ful Malakai Fek­i­toa charg­ing up the mid­dle for a try at the posts and Bar­rett’s con­ver­sion meant the vis­i­tors were right back in it at 14-13.

But far from be­ing rat­tled, the Boks kept to their at­tack­ing mind-set and in spite of some big calls by ref­eree Wayne Barnes go­ing against them they main­tained the mo­men­tum and up­set the usual All Black pat­tern by scor­ing just be­fore half­time.

A scrum right on the line pro­vided the bridge­head and when the ball came out, Pol­lard took it flat, crashed into the de­fend­ers and rolled through Richie McCaw’s tackle to score.

The young fly half added the con­ver­sion, at that point his 16th of the match, to take the Boks to the break 21-13 to the good.

Pol­lard kicked a penalty to ex­tend the Boks’ lead but as the match en­tered the last quar­ter, there were signs of the Boks tir­ing as the All Blacks started to set up camp in their half.

The tempo was in­ter­changed, in­stead of the Boks at­tack­ing they were de­fend­ing, and a slick back­line

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