All Blacks in­flict record de­feat on Spring­boks

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NEW ZEALAND in­flicted South Africa’s heav­i­est home de­feat as they equalled their own record of 17 straight Test wins with a 57-15 rout in Dur­ban.

The All Blacks ran in nine tries with TJ Per­e­nara, in for Aaron Smith af­ter he was dropped for meet­ing a woman in a toi­let cu­bi­cle, scor­ing twice.

New Zealand’s vic­tory com­pletes a clean sweep in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

The world cham­pi­ons will set a new Test record for suc­ces­sive wins if they beat Aus­tralia in Auck­land on 22 Oc­to­ber.

New Zealand’s cur­rent run be­gan in the wake of a 27-19 loss to the Wal­la­bies in Syd­ney in Au­gust 2015.

But few will bet on their trans-Tas­man ri­vals deny­ing them a piece of his­tory given the All Blacks’ im­pe­ri­ous form when they meet in the third and fi­nal Bledis­loe Cup match of the sea­son in a fort­night.

The vis­i­tors led by a slen­der 12-9 at the in­ter­val, with fly-half Beau­den Bar­rett strug­gling to find his kick­ing range and his team-mates hav­ing been un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally waste­ful af­ter cre­at­ing openings.

But Steven Hansen’s men roared clear in the sec­ond half with Bar­rett and winger Is­rael Dagg join­ing Per­e­nara in cross­ing twice. Wal­la­bies beat Pu­mas Aus­tralia beat Ar­gentina 33-21 at Twick­en­ham to con­demn the Pu­mas to bot­tom spot in the fi­nal stand­ings.

Wal­la­bies cen­tre Samu Kerevi scored twice to help his side to vic­tory in the first Rugby Cham­pi­onship match to be staged in the north­ern hemi­sphere.

Num­ber eight Leroy Hous­ton, who is back at for­mer club Bath from Queens­land Reds un­til the end of Oc­to­ber as in­jury cover, made his Test de­but for Aus­tralia off the bench at the age of 29. — BBC Sport

New Zealand’s TJ Per­e­nara scores a try dur­ing 57-15 de­feat of South Africa in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship

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