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Is a big(gish) Bok win bad for the All Blacks rivalry? 'Turn the blade in the wound'

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The Springbok-All Black rivalry will always be healthy.
The Springbok-All Black rivalry will always be healthy.
Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images

It's a testament to the nature of the Springboks and All Blacks' rivalry that one of the more prominent narratives to emerge from the South Africans' 26-10 victory in Nelspruit was whether the margin was too emphatic, one that "hurts" the historical tussle between the great foes.

As a former Springbok captain who experienced firsthand the trials and tribulations of going out and toppling the old enemy, Jean de Villiers fully understands why rugby-loving folk around the world would feel this way.

However, the legendary 109-cap midfielder also knows the nature of professional sport doesn't allow for gripping thrillers every time.

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