NZ beats Boks 29-15 in rugby championship

2013-09-14 12:16

Auckland – Stand-in captain Kieran Read scored two tries as New Zealand earned a gruelling 29-15 Rugby Championship win today over a South African team reduced to 14 men by the sending off of hooker Bismarck du Plessis.

Du Plessis received a yellow card in the 16th minute when, from an offside position, he made a jarring high tackle on flyhalf Dan Carter which forced the world-record points scorer from the field with a dislocated shoulder.

The 29-year-old hooker, in his 51 test, was then sent from the field in the 42nd minute when he received a second yellow card for elbowing flanker Liam Messam in the throat.

New Zealand exploited his absence, scoring four tries to two to remain unbeaten after four rounds of the four-nation tournament.

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