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RECAP | Dominant Springboks put hapless All Blacks to the sword in Rugby Championship opener

RECAP | Dominant Springboks put hapless All Blacks to the sword in Rugby Championship opener
Kurt-Lee Arendse scores for the Springboks. (Photo by Gordon Arons/Gallo Images)
Kurt-Lee Arendse scores for the Springboks. (Photo by Gordon Arons/Gallo Images)

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06 August 19:17

No surprises as Bok hooker Malcolm Marx is named MAN OF THE MATCH in this 50th Test.

06 August 19:11

A dominating performance by the Springboks, who showed why they are world champions.

The All Blacks were dominated physically and looked rudderless and error-prone. They are at one of their lowest ebbs.

It's a comprehensive victory by the Boks, who dominated possession and territory and bossed the All Blacks at scrum time.

The All Blacks were able to score at the death when they had the numerical advantage after Kurt-Lee Arendse's red card.

But they didn't show much before that and more pressure will be heaped on head coach Ian Foster.

The All Blacks have now lost five of their last six Tests.


SA 26 (10)

Tries: Kurt-Lee Arendse, Willie le Roux

Conversions: Handre Pollard (2)

Penalties: Pollard (3)

Drop goal: Pollard  

NZ 10 (3)  

Try: Shannon Frizell

Conversion: Richie Mo'unga

Penalty: Jordie Barrett

06 August 19:07

FULL-TIME: South Africa 26-10 New Zealand 

06 August 19:06

80'- CONVERSION slotted by Pollard.

06 August 19:06

79'- TRY to the Springboks as replacement Willie le Roux scoops on a dropped ball to gather and score under the posts!

06 August 19:05

79'- All Blacks looking to run from deep in the final minute...

06 August 19:04

78'- Mo'unga slots the CONVERSION from out wide.

SA 19-10 NZ

06 August 19:03

78'- TRY to the All Blacks as replacement loose forward Shannon Frizell goes over in the corner. It comes after a brilliant break from winger Caleb Clarke - from inside his own half.

06 August 19:01

76'- All Blacks throwing everything at the 14-man Boks now...

06 August 18:59

75'- Arendse leaves the field on a stretcher. 

06 August 18:57

75'- This is a pity for Arendse, who's had such a good game.

However, there may not be enough time for the All Blacks to get back into the game.

06 August 18:56

74'- Yes, it's a RED CARD for Arendse who was never in a realistic position to catch the ball.

Arendse is still down receiving attention while Barrett groggily gets up.

06 August 18:55

This could be trouble for Arendse. Red...

06 August 18:54

74'- Oh dear, there's a hug mid-air collision between Kurt-Lee Arendse and Beauden Barrett.

Arendse had chased a high ball from Hendrikse near the All Blacks tryline.

06 August 18:51

72'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

SA 19-3 NZ

06 August 18:51

71'- Lukhanyo Am wins a penalty on the ground for the Boks. This will allow Pollard to kick for a 16-point lead.

It's close to the middle, about 30m out...

06 August 18:50

70'- Scottish-born Finlay Christie on at No 9 for New Zealand, replacing Aaron Smith.

06 August 18:46

66'- The Boks have enjoyed 55% possession and 70% territory.

06 August 18:44


42 367 fans at Mbombela Stadium tonight! 

06 August 18:42

63'- With the All Blacks in a rare attacking opportunity in the red zone, replacement hooker Dane Coles drops it cold.

06 August 18:40


SA 6

NZ 10

06 August 18:37

The drop came after a concerted period of pressure near the NZ 22m area.

06 August 18:36

57'- Pollard sits back in the pocket to slot a DROP GOAL!

SA 16-3 NZ

06 August 18:35

55'- But the Boks are off the hook again as the All Black defence creeps up too quick at the lineout.

06 August 18:33

54'- Mbonambi loses his first lineout on halfway... Havili then boots it out deep inside the Springbok 22m area...

06 August 18:32

54'- Marx is now replaced by Bongi Mbonambi.

But it was a stunning performance by Marx tonight...

06 August 18:32

53'- But the Boks are off the hook as Marx wins yet another penalty on the ground. This is some 50th Test by Marx!

06 August 18:31

52' - Mo'unga sets up an attacking lineout inside the red zone. It came after Kwagga Smith was caught off-side...

06 August 18:30

51'- Richie Mo'unga is now on for the All Blacks, replacing the injured Jordie Barrett. Beauden Barrett will move to fullback with Mo'unga at No 10.

06 August 18:28

51'- Vincent Koch is on at prop for the Boks, replacing Frans Malherbe.

06 August 18:28

50'- Pollard slots the PENALTY from about 40m out.

SA 13-3 NZ

06 August 18:27

49'- A kickable penalty for the Boks as the All Blacks scrum collapses with new prop Tyrel Lomax on.

Pollard will line up a shot in midfield.

06 August 18:25

47'- Beauden Barrett almost intercepts but luckily for the Boks he knocks it on. The crowd is pleading for a deliberate knock-down but referee Angus Gardner says Barrett was genuinely attempting an intercept. 

06 August 18:23

45'- Franco Mostert and Kwagga Smith are on for the Boks. Pieter-Steph du Toit and Lood de Jager are off.

06 August 18:21

45'- Too many attacking forays by the Boks aren't turned into points...
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The teams are out for the national anthems which will be followed by the Haka. Incredible atmosphere.
The teams are out for the national anthems which will be followed by the Haka. Incredible atmosphere.
Kick off will be at 17:00 SAST and 15:00 GMT. Join us then for all the live action.
Ian Foster has change four from the 3rd Test against Ireland. Beauden Barrett retains the 10 jersey with Richie Mo'unga on the bench. Rieko Ioane continues at 13 with David Havili inside him at 12.
For South Africa, Kurt-Lee Arendse makes just his second Test start. He takes the place of the injured Cheslin Kolbe. Jasper Wiese retains the 8 jumper as Duane Vermeulen is not quite fit yet. Malcolm Marx also makes a start ahead of Bongi Mbonambi.
New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samson Taukei’aho, 1 George Bower. Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Quinn Tupaea.
South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-lee Arendse, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Francois De Klerk , 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane. Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Albertus Smith, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Willie le Roux.
Despite losing 2-1 to Ireland, the opening Test - which the All Blacks won 42-19 - showed the strength of the visitors. If the Boks do not keep it tight today and give their rivals turnover ball they will run into problems.
Much of the talk this week has been about how New Zealand will deal with the physicality of the Springboks. The All Blacks are likely to want to move the heavy South African pack around the park but they will need to find parity in the tight five to get the possession to do so.
South Africa go into this match as slight favourites, something that has not been the case in recent years. The hosts come off a 2-1 series victory over Wales while the All Blacks are under pressure after suffering a 2-1 home series defeat to Ireland.
In their last six meetings New Zealand have won three and South Africa two. There has been one draw. In the Rugby Championship last season they won one apiece in Australia, both matches saw a two points score difference.
Hello and welcome to the opening match of the 2022 Rugby Championship between South Africa and New Zealand at the Mbombela Stadium.
Faf de Klerk gets a massive head knock whilst making the tackle. He is out cold and will definitely not continue. Hendrikse on for the entirety of the game.
Immediate free kick to South Africa. They opt for the scrum again, this time it is their ball.
We will restart on halfway with a scrum to the All Blacks.
Scrum penalty to South Africa. Pollard puts it out inside the All Black 22.
Good defence by the visitors. Springboks go through six phases before going wide. Arendse is taken out 7 meters from the visitors line.
Jordie Barrett comes up with a try saving tackle on Mapimpi just short of his own line. Springboks have started well but not points to show for it yet.
Springboks have a scrum on the New Zealand 10m line. They will want this good start to result in points.
TRY! SOUTH AFRICA! ARENDSE! 5-0. Pollard puts up the high kick, Barrett can't collect, Am does and offloads brilliantly to Arendse who is over in the right-hand corner.
CONVERSION! POLLARD! 7-0. Superb conversion by Pollard from the touchline.
Scrum to South Africa on their own 10m line. Barrett again can't collect the high ball.
Scrum penalty goes to the hosts but Pollard fails to find touch. Poor error.
New Zealand under huge pressure here. They need to start taking some contact before going wide, the Springboks have them lined up. Scrum to the visitors inside their own 22.
Lineout to South Africa on halfway. Will they opt for the maul?
Maul is defended well by the All Blacks again. Marx breaks away but loses it forward in contact.
New Zealand get some momentum for the first time but Marx wins a brilliant penalty on the ground.
Pressure lineout to New Zealand on their own 5m line. But South Africa close the gap which gives Barrett a chance to clear.
Penalty to South Africa. Cane penalised but it looks harsh. Looks like the All Black captain had all rights to the ball there.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 10-0. Pollard slots this from in front of the uprights, about 35 meters out.
Springboks win another aerial battle and this time they go wide. They have men open, De Allende opts for the grubber, which isn't a poor option but the execution wasn't good enough.
Willemse looks for the 50/22 but Barrett just keeps the ball in. He then counters brilliantly and the All Blacks get to the hosts 10m line before a forward pass halts their momentum.
Another scrum penalty goes to South Africa. Pollard puts this one out deep inside the All Black 22.
Superb turnover by Savea under his own uprights. Springboks again running out of ideas after five or six phases.
For all their dominance the Springboks are only 10 up. This can change very quickly if they don't get some more scoreboard pressure.
Havili knocks on between South Africa's 10m line and 22. He should really be holding onto that.
Needless penalty handed to the All Blacks as De Allende breaches the 5m line from the scrum too early. Barrett can get the visitors on the board here.
PENALTY! NEW ZEALAND! J. BARRETT! 10-3. All Blacks are back within a converted try of the Boks.
Scrum penalty to the All Blacks. That was a superb effort. Lineout to the visitors on the Springbok 10m line.
Marx with another huge penalty win on his own 22. Magnificent effort as the All Blacks started to get some momentum.
HALF TIME! 10-3. We go into the break with South Africa leading by seven. The concern will be their utter dominance and yet only a seven point lead. The same issues persist with South Africa as they are incapable of putting opposition away. New Zealand won't be too unhappy, they are seven points down having just had 35% possession in that half.
KICK OFF! 10-3. Pollard gets the second half underway. The All Blacks will need to get a lot more territory in this half while the hosts will want to keep the tempo of the first half and reap the benefits in the final 20 minutes.
De Jager loses the ball in contact but then Jordan puts the ball directly into touch.
Kitshoff makes a good turnover before Willemse plays territory. Good kick.
Good move off the back of the lineout by the All Blacks. Jordan finds space but a superb ankle tap by Wiese halts him. Visitors go wide again but Arendse puts Clarke into touch.
Scrum penalty goes to South Africa on the All Black 10m line. Pollard will have a shot at goal.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 13-3. Pollard nails it from 40m out. Springbok maul is starting to make headway in the second half.
Kwagga Smith rushes up to fast and is blown up. This should give New Zealand a decent attacking opportunity in the hosts half.
Marx is something special. He pulls off another turnover inside his own 22 after a wonderful touch find by Mo'unga.
Havili puts in a magnificent kick to put the Boks back on their 5m line. Unfortunately it was carried back into his own half so it isn't a 50/22.
DROP GOAL! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 16-3. The Boks get a cheap turnover and after two phases Pollard drops into the pocket to slot the three points.
All Black discipline has been poor in the last 10 minutes. South Africa opt to scrum on the visitors 10m line.
Koch goes off his feet at the ruck to hand the All Blacks a penalty on their own 22. The worry will be that despite dominating, the Boks have only scored one try.
All Blacks have a lineout inside the 22 of the Springboks. Poor pass by Hendrikse resulted in this.
Boks have a scrum on their own 10m line. Arendse kicks ahead and then makes the tackle putting Clarke into touch.
Forward pass results in a scrum to New Zealand inside their own half. Springboks making too many errors now, they can really drive the nail into the coffin here.
Penalty to South Africa. All Blacks just can't get over the advantage line. Pollard can put the hosts 16 up from about 37 meters out on a slight angle.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 19-3. Another penalty landed and now the All Blacks are more than two scores down.
RED CARD! Arendse is sent off and correctly so. He had his eyes on the ball, there was no malice, but that cannot be allowed. Barrett came down hard on his head.
Massive collision as Barrett goes up for a high ball and Kurt-Lee Arendse collides with him. It could be red to the Springbok winger, or at least yellow. That was dangerous.
Great counter attacking opportunity as Am picks up a lose ball but Smith for some reason kicks, and kicks directly into touch.
CONVERSION! MO'UNGA! 19-10. Mo'unga converts from touch.
TRY! NEW ZEALAND! Frizzel! 19-8. And the All Blacks get over the line eventually despite a massive cover tackle by Willemse. Clarke broke right down the middle there.
That is it from us at the Mbombela Stadium. We do it all over again next week in Johannesburg. Much work for both teams but the New Zealand coaches will now be under massive pressure.
FULL TIME! 26-10. That is a fair reflection of the game, 16 points. South Africa will be hugely dominant for the entire 80 minutes. Their only concert will be not winning by more. All Blacks just had no good possession against this Springbok pack.
CONVERSION! POLLARD! 26-10. Pollard converts from right in front.
TRY! SOUTH AFRICA! LE ROUX! 24-10. New Zealand have to run from deep to get a bonus point but the ball goes lose, Le Roux kicks ahead and scores under the posts.
South Africa
New Zealand
8' Arendse Kurt-Lee
80' Le Roux Willie
78' Frizell Shannon
10' Pollard Handre
82' Pollard Handre
79' Mo'unga Richie
22' Pollard Handre
51' Pollard Handre
71' Pollard Handre
36' Barrett Jordie
Drop Goals
58' Pollard Handre
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Nyakane Trevor
Marx Malcolm
Malherbe Frans
Etzebeth Eben
de Jager Lodewyk
Kolisi Siya
du Toit Pieter-Steph
Wiese Jasper
de Klerk Faf
Pollard Handre
Mapimpi Makazole
de Allende Damian
Am Lukhanyo
Arendse Kurt-Lee
Willemse Damian
Bower George
Taukei'aho Samisoni
Taavao Angus
Whitelock Sam
Barrett Scott
Ioane Akira
Cane Sam
Savea Ardie
Smith Aaron
Barrett Beauden
Clarke Caleb
Havili David
Ioane Rieko
Jordan Will
Barrett Jordie
Le Roux Willie
Mostert Franco
Koch Vincent
Mbonambi Bongi
Kitshoff Steven
Moerat Salmaan
Smith Kwagga
Hendrikse Jaden
Coles Dane
Christie Finlay
Frizell Shannon
Mo'unga Richie
Vaai Tupou
De Groot Ethan
Lomax Tyrel
Tupaea Quinn