>> All Black may­hem

The Rugby Paper - - Front Page - ■ By BREN­DAN GAL­LAGHER

NEW Zealand’s class of 2017 fi­nally pro­duced the definitive per­for­mance that has eluded them all year thus far with an ir­re­sistible de­mo­li­tion off the old en­emy, ru­mours of whose im­prove­ments must now be con­sid­ered pre­ma­ture.

Never has any Spring­bok side been beaten by so many points against the All Blacks, never have they shipped so many points in New Zealand and rarely have they looked so out­classed against any op­po­nents.

The All Blacks steamed in for eight tries, main­tain­ing their in­ten­sity and fo­cus for the full 80 min­utes which was the one ma­jor fail­ing in their dis­man­tling of Aus­tralia in Syd­ney last month when they went badly off the boil in the se­cond half. This time the bench was equal to any­thing that the starters had pro­duced.

Pre­sid­ing over the mas­ter­class through­out was Beau­den Bar­rett whether it be at fly-half or, in the lat­ter stages when the Ki­wis re­jigged their back divi­sion just for the fun of it, at full­back.

Strange to re­late New Zealand were forced to ab­sorb plenty of pres­sure in the open­ing 15 min­utes when the Spring­boks scrum­maged and con­tested well but strug­gled to con­vert pres­sure into points.

The All Blacks pre­dictably kicked a penalty through Bar­rett on their first visit to South Africa ter­ri­tory and then pounced for four tries of vary­ing bril­liance.

Reiko Ioane leapt on a clever kick ahead from Aaaron Smith who took a quick tapped penalty, looked up and saw his left wing in oceans of space. Bar­rett con­verted and mo­ments later the New Zealand fly-half com­bined bril­liantly with Mil­nerSkud­der in an ex­hil­a­rat­ing break­out, de­liv­er­ing the coup de grace with a nolook back­ward flip to his sup­port­ing wing.

Bar­rett, whose goal-kick­ing was crit­i­cised last week, landed both con­ver­sions and was on tar­get again when his brother Scott gal­loped in for New Zealand’s third try af­ter the diminu­tive Dane Coles had con­tested a cross­field kick from Beau­den. The ball bounced free to Mil­nerSkud­der who flicked up a won­drous pass to Bar­rett who wheeled away up the left touch­line and to his sur­prise found no cov­er­ing de­fence.

And then, with half-time ap­proach­ing, came prob­a­bly the best of the lot from the restart as Ioane took his time look­ing for space be­fore he hit the tur­bos and roared past a cou­ple of de­fend­ers and jinked in­field be­fore find­ing Coles on the out­side.

The hooker looked like he might make it him­slf but thought bet­ter of it and looked in­side for Brodie Re­tal­lick who steamed over for a mem­o­rable score: 31-0 at half-time and the match was done and dusted as a con­test.

Af­ter the break it went quiet – com­par­a­tively – for the first ten min­utes but in the ab­sence of a Spring­bok rally New Zealand soon bent their backs again.

The ex­cel­lent Mil­nerSkud­der squeezed in for his se­cond try and there were scores for prop Ofa Tu’un­gafasi, a cracker for Lima Sopoaga courtesy of a barn­storm­ing run by An­ton Lienert-Bown, and fi­nally an un­stop­pable li­ne­out rum­ble which re­sulted in Codie Tay­lor plung­ing over.

PIC­TURE: Getty Images

Rout: Nehe Mil­ner-Skud­der scores his se­cond try

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