RECAP | All Blacks fire late to thwart Springbok fightback in Ellis Park thriller

RECAP | All Blacks fire late to thwart Springbok fightback in Ellis Park thriller
Caleb Clarke is tackled by Lukhanyo Am and Lood de Jager. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
Caleb Clarke is tackled by Lukhanyo Am and Lood de Jager. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
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13 August 19:10

Two late tries from the All Blacks see them retain the Freedom Cup they've held since 2010.

The Boks did well to overturn a 15-0 deficit but they didn't hold their composure in the final 10 minutes when they led 23-21.

The Springboks slipped too many tackles and will rue their poor start. The wrong selection calls were made.


SA 23 (10)

Tries: Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi 

Conversions: Handre Pollard (2)

Penalties: Pollard (3)  

NZ 35 (15)  

Tries: Sam Cane, Samisoni Taukei'aho, David Havili, Scott Barrett

Conversions: Richie Mo'unga (3)  

Penalties: Richie Mo'unga (3)

13 August 19:06

FULL-TIME: South Africa 23-35 New Zealand

13 August 19:06

80'- CONVERSION slotted by Mo'unga.

13 August 19:05

78'- TRY to the All Blacks as Scott Barrett goes over!

And that is game over.

13 August 19:03

77'- A great kick in behind by Jordie Barrett forces Willie le Roux to boot out near his own tryline...

Time is running out here for the Boks.

13 August 19:01

75'- Bok sub: Herschel Jantjies on at scrumhalf for Jaden Hendrikse.

13 August 19:00

74'- CONVERSION slotted by Mo'unga.

SA 23-28 NZ

13 August 18:58

73'- TRY to the All Blacks as David Havili rounds off a great team try!

13 August 18:57

72' - All Blacks on the attack after a run from deep inside their own half...

13 August 18:56

It's important for the Boks now to get ahead by more than a penalty-goal advantage...

13 August 18:56

70'- Another scrum penalty to the hosts. It allows Pollard to set up another lineout in NZ territory.

13 August 18:52

67'- But Handre Pollard slots the PENALTY to put the Boks in front for the first time in the game.

SA 23-21 NZ

13 August 18:52

66'- YELLOW CARD for Beauden Barrett but referee Luke Pearce says it's not a penalty try. There was no certainty of a try... Hendrikse tried to scoop on a loose ball before he was taken out.

13 August 18:50


The All Blacks could be in trouble here as Jaden Hendrikse is taken out without the ball...

13 August 18:47

62'- A scrum penalty to the Boks allows Pollard to set up a lineout just inside New Zealand territory.

13 August 18:42

59'- Pollard nails the CONVERSON from out wide.

SA 20-21 NZ

13 August 18:41

58'- TRY! This time Makazole Mapimpi is over.

It came after a Bok turnover near the NZ 22m area. They swung it wide quickly before a great pass from Willemse to Mapimpi.

13 August 18:39

57'- PENALTY slotted by Mo'unga.

SA 13-21 NZ

13 August 18:38

55'- NO TRY! 

The officials determine there was obstruction as Whitelock was impeded and couldn't tackle Am.

This now results in a pretty easy shot at goal for Mo'unga.

13 August 18:36

However, the TMO is called into action for potential obstruction and a forward pass...

13 August 18:36

55'- TRY to the Springboks as Makazole Mapimpi goes over after taking a pass from Lukhanyo Am!

It was a great break from Am from inside his own half.

13 August 18:34

55'- Great defence from the All Blacks sees them win a vital turnover. Ardie Savea with some great work on the ground.

13 August 18:32

53'- But referee Luke Pearce goes back for a Bok penalty... the hosts set up an attacking lineout before the All Blacks transgress again.

The visitors are now on an official warning.

13 August 18:31


Replays show Lukhanyo Am had put a foot in touch out wide before he off-loaded. It was a strong run from Am but he off-loaded just too late...

13 August 18:30


The on-field decision is a try for Damian Willemse who landed on a loose ball.

13 August 18:28

50'- Bok subs: Vincent Koch on for Frans Malherbe, Kwagga Smith on for Siya Kolisi.

13 August 18:26

61 519 fans at Ellis Park today.

13 August 18:25

48'- PENALTY converted by Mo'unga.

SA 13-18 NZ

13 August 18:25

47'- Silly from Jasper Wiese, who takes out Aaron Smith after the referee blows for a Bok penalty.

Luke Pearce then promptly reverses the penalty. And it's right in front for the All Blacks...

13 August 18:22

Pollard has now been successful with his past 14 kicks at goal.

13 August 18:21

45'- Bok sub: Franco Mostert is on for Lood de Jager.

13 August 18:20

45'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

SA 13-15 NZ

13 August 18:19

44'- After relentless Bok attack, the All Blacks buckle and concede a penalty. It's in front for Pollard...

13 August 18:17

41'- The Boks win an early penalty at lineout time. It's on halfway and Pollard will set up a lineout deep inside NZ territory.

13 August 18:15

Welcome back for the second half!

The Boks kick off...

13 August 18:01

A massive turnaround in fortunes in the last five minutes before half-time!

The Bok substitutions have worked wonders. Credit to the Bok coaching staff for thinking on their feet there.

13 August 18:00

HALF-TIME: South Africa 10-15 New Zealand

13 August 17:59

41'- Massive PENALTY slotted by Pollard!

13 August 17:58

40'- The Boks win a scrum penalty on the stroke of half-time. It's just inside their own half and Pollard will line up a shot at goal.

It's about 55m out.

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Our referee for today’s match is Luke Pearce from England. He will be assisted by Angus Gardner of Australia and England’s Christophe Ridley. The TMO is Brett Cronan from Australia.
he All Blacks have made just four changes to the starting lineup that was convincingly beaten in the first round. Richie Mo’unga gets a first start of the year, with Beauden Barrett reverting to the bench. Shannon Frizell replaces Akira Ioane, while props Tyrel Lomax and Ethan de Groot start after playing off the bench last weekend. There is a potential Test debut for reserve tighthead prop Fletcher Newell.
The All Blacks have made just four changes to the starting lineup that was convincingly beaten in the first round. Richie Mo’unga gets a first start of the year, with Beauden Barrett reverting to the bench. Shannon Frizell replaces Akira Ioane, while props Tyrel Lomax and Ethan de Groot start after playing off the bench last weekend. There is a potential Test debut for reserve tighthead prop Fletcher Newell.
New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Samson Taukei’aho, 1 Ethan de Groot. Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 George Bower, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Quinn Tupaea.
The Springboks have made five changes to the team that beat New Zealand in the tournament opener in Mbombela. Jesse Kriel replaces the suspended Kurt-Lee Arendse at wing, while Jaden Hendrikse gets a start after playing 79 minutes off the bench last weekend. Duane Vermeulen starts his first Test of the year after recovering from a knee injury. Joseph Dweba and Ox Nche come into the front row for Bongi Mbonambi and Trevor Nyakane.
South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Willie le Roux.
New Zealand have lost five of their last six Tests including their last three in succession. Only once in the last 70 years have they lost more than three games in a row (July to August 1998).
South Africa have won 37% of their 102 previous Tests against New Zealand, the highest win rate of any team in history against the All Blacks.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Rugby Championship second round clash between South Africa and New Zealand from Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.
KICK-OFF! 0-0. After stirring renditions of the national anthems and the Ka Mate haka, the All Blacks get the match underway in Johannesburg.
Damian Willemse is sent to the sin-bin for a cynical foul metres from the South Africa's tryline after a linebreak by Ardie Savea out wide.
New Zealand win another penalty in South Africa's 22 and opt for the scrum. However, South Africa win a free kick and Handre Pollard clears to just beyond the 22.
Eben Etzebeth is held up over New Zealand's tryline after a midfield intercept by Pieter-Steph du Toit. New Zealand have the goal-line drop-out.
South Africa win a penalty from a maul on the halfway line and kick to New Zealand's 22.
New Zealand force the knock on from the Springboks and win a penalty from the subsequent scrum. Mo'unga clears to the 10-metre line. Willemse returns from his yellow card.
Jesse Kriel has failed a head-impact assessment after being substituted earlier and will not be returning to the game. Willie le Roux is on as his replacement.
South Africa win a penalty on New Zealand's 22-metre line from a powerful driving maul. Pollard opts to kick for the corner.
New Zealand win a scrum for a skew through from Dweba. From the scrum, Jordan and Ioane engineer a linebreak that brings the All Blacks just outside South Africa's 22. New Zealand win a penalty and Mo'unga will have a go at the poles.
PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, MO'UNGA! 0-3. Richie Mo'unga nails a kickable penalty to give New Zealand the lead in Johannesburg.
TRY, NEW ZEALAND, CANE! 0-8. New Zealand almost immediately extend their lead as captain Sam Cane goes over in the corner after Caleb Clarke's linebreak from the kickoff.
Mo'unga misses the conversion and the score stays at 0-8. It has been a dream first half for New Zealand so far after the Test in Mbombela.
TRY, NEW ZEALAND, TAUKEI'AHO! 0-13. New Zealand have taken control in Johannesburg as Taukei'aho rumbles over the tryline for the visitors' second try of the match.
CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, MO'UNGA! 0-15. Mo'unga nails his second conversion attempt to give New Zealand a three-score buffer.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, AM! 5-15. South Africa get themselves on the board as Am breaks two attempted tackles out wide to go over the tryline.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 7-15. Pollard slots his first conversion attempt to cut the deficit on New Zealand just before half-time.
HALF TIME. 10-15. We go into the break with New Zealand leading by five points. The visitors have produced an emphatic response to their poor performance last weekend. They deserved their 15-point lead before the Springboks hit back through a bit of individual brilliance from Lukhanyo Am.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 10-15. Pollard smashes over a long-range penalty from over 50 metres to make it a five-point game at half-time.
KICK OFF! 10-15. Pollard gets the second half underway. The Springboks will hope that their reserve forwards can come to the fore in the second half, with Malcolm Marx and Steven Kitshoff already on the park.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 13-15. Pollard slots his 14th straight kick at goals to bring to Springboks to within three points of the lead.
PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, MO'UNGA! 13-15. Mo'unga converts a reversed penalty to restore New Zealand's five-point lead.
Damian Willemse thinks he has scored a try, but the TMO spots that Lukhanyo Am had a foot in touch in the build up. The Springboks have a penalty and will kick for the corner.
PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, MO'UNGA! 13-21. What appears to be a try for South Africa is ruled out for an obstruction in the build up. New Zealand are awarded a penalty and Mo'unga converts to give the visitors a nine-point lead.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, MAPIMPI! 18-21. The Springboks hit straight back as Marx steals the ball from the kick-off. Willemse sends a wonderfully floated pass to Mapimpi, who finishes in the corner.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 20-21. Pollard converts from the touchline to make it a one-point game, going into the final quarter of the match.
South Africa win a scrum penalty outside their own 22 and kick to just beyond the halfway line.
Yellow card! Beauden Barrett is sent to the sin bin for a tackle off the ball on Jaden Hendrikse inside New Zealand's 22.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 24-21. Pollard converts to put the Springboks in front for the first time in the match.
TRY, NEW ZEALAND, HAVILI! 23-26. A wonderful coast-to-coast move from the All Blacks is finished off when David Havili reaches over to score his eighth Test try.
CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, MO'UNGA! 23-28. Mo'unga adds the extras to give New Zealand a five-point lead in the final five minutes.
South Africa
South Africa
New Zealand
New Zealand
37' Am Lukhanyo
58' Mapimpi Makazole
28' Cane Sam
33' Taukei'aho Sa...
74' Havili David
79' Barrett Scott
38' Pollard Handre
59' Pollard Handre
34' Mo'unga Richie
75' Mo'unga Richie
80' Mo'unga Richie
40' Pollard Handre
45' Pollard Handre
68' Pollard Handre
24' Mo'unga Richie
49' Mo'unga Richie
57' Mo'unga Richie
Drop Goals
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Nche Ox
Dweba Joseph
Malherbe Frans
Etzebeth Eben
de Jager Lodewyk
Kolisi Siya
du Toit Pieter-Steph
Vermeulen Duane
Hendrikse Jaden
Pollard Handre
Mapimpi Makazole
de Allende Damian
Am Lukhanyo
Kriel Jesse
Willemse Damian
De Groot Ethan
Taukei'aho Samisoni
Lomax Tyrel
Whitelock Sam
Barrett Scott
Frizell Shannon
Cane Sam
Savea Ardie
Smith Aaron
Mo'unga Richie
Clarke Caleb
Havili David
Ioane Rieko
Jordan Will
Barrett Jordie
Wiese Jasper
Le Roux Willie
Mostert Franco
Koch Vincent
Marx Malcolm
Jantjies Herschel
Kitshoff Steven
Smith Kwagga
Barrett Beauden
Christie Finlay
Ioane Akira
Taylor Codie
Bower George
Vaai Tupou
Tupaea Quinn
Newell Fletcher