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Clinical Bokus take first victory over All Blacks

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South Africa got off to a great start to their Rugby Championship campaign with a 26-10 win over New Zealand at Mbombela on Saturday.

In a fast-paced and enjoyable match, the Springboks were the dominant team for a long time and eventually outscored the All Blacks 2 tries to 1, so the victory was well deserved.

Kurt Lee Arense and Willie Le Roux scored the home side’s try with a cross while Handre Pollard scored 16 points with two conversions, three penalties and one drop goal.

For the visitors, Shannon Frizel scored a five-point shot, Richie Mounga converted, and Jordy Barrett succeeded on a penalty.

Here are the teams and scorers

The All Blacks rarely asked the world champions, but when they did, they were met with some spectacular defensive displays from their green and gold players.

New Zealand entered this match as an underdog, but to tell the truth, they seemed ignorant of attack.

Despite the visitor’s inadequacies, the Bokus forwards have been bullying their counterparts from the start, so this victory is commendable. 50th test. But Box’s copybook was tainted in the 75th minute when Arense received a red card for mid-air collision with Boden Barrett.

43 seconds after kick-off, the Boks were hit hard when Faf de Clarke was knocked out cold after second best when he tried to tackle Caleb Clarke.

He was quickly replaced by Jayden Hendrikse, but despite the loss of their talismanic scrum-half, the home side were better off with an early replacement. , they started scoring. This was after Boden Barrett failed to collect his ball high from Pollard in his 22nd.

Pollard added an extra and midway through the half slotted a penalty after All Blacks skipper Sam Kane tripped his foot in the ruck.

The rest of the halftime was all South Africa. When they were able to get possession of the ball, the All Blacks fought to gain momentum and continued to hold the majority of possession and territory. In rare cases, visitor attacks were disabled due to some unenforced error.

In the 26th minute Ioane Akira threw a forward pass near the halfway line – after Boden Barrett did well with a counterattack from deep in the half – and five minutes later when David Habili overlapped his outside. Knocked on to my half.

The hosts continued to have a firm grip on the game, but the All Blacks got reprieve on the flow of play in the 36th minute when Jordy Barrett opened the team’s account thanks to a penalty. This was after Damian de Allende was blown up for straying offside when he touched the ball from an attacking scrum.

So, with a 10-3 advantage at half-time, the Boks still had a lot of work to do to secure their first win at home against New Zealand since 2014.

After a jerky first exchange of the second half, the hosts extended their lead in the 51st minute when Pollard succeeded with his second penalty following Tyrell Lomax’s scrum violation.

Marx continues to shine

The All Blacks played more intensely after the interval, testing the home side’s defense with strong carries, but continued to make mistakes and were teased at a breakdown where Marx stood out.

In the 58th minute, Pollard scored a spectacular drop goal from 35 meters to put more light between his team and their opponents. The next 15 minutes were desperate, but another Pollard penalty in the 71st minute broke his side’s dominance after Beauden Barrett was blown off in the ruck.

Shortly thereafter, Arense was sent off after a dreadful challenge to Barrett, and Frizel crossed for a consolation try after Clark went well with a barnstorm run in the build-up in the 79th minute.

Despite that score, Bok finished stronger, when a pass from Kane to Frizel was missed and Le Roux rallied before crossing to seal a convincing win for his team. , they sealed the victory.

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