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Boks vs All Blacks half time report

The world No1s were narrowly in front at the hooter.

The All Blacks in action against their traditional foes the Springboks. Picture: Gavin Stapleton/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks trailed the All Blacks 15-21 at half time in their final Rugby Championship game of the season being played at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The first points in the game came from the boot of Morne Steyn in the 10th minute when he converted a penalty after a sustained period of pressure by the Boks.

A minute later Ben Smith scored the All Blacks' first points after beating a number of Bok defenders on the right hand touch line.

The conversion was well dealt with by Aaron Cruden to give them a 7-3 lead.

Bryan Habana replied in the 18th minute with his 56th career test try right under the posts which equaled Christian Cullen's record of 16 tries in the Rugby Championship/Tri Nations competition.

Morne Steyn slotted the conversion with relative ease.

Just two minutes later Habana went over for his second try after Francois Louw hit a half gap and got the ball away to Habana who chipped over the final defender and had the ball bounce back into his hands to make it 15-7 as Steyn missed the conversion.

The whole of South Africa held their breath soon after when Habana grabbed his hamstring shortly and the two-try hero had to leave the field.

Jan Serfontein replaced him on the left wing.

In the 26th minute Liam Messam went over for the All Blacks' second try, but referee Nigel Owens first referred the decision to the TMO.

A quick look upstairs confirmed the try was scored and Cruden added the extra two to make it a 1-point game.

Jean de Villiers signaled their intent with nine minutes to play in the half when they were awarded a kickable penalty, but decided to go for the line out.

The lineout was secured by the Boks which brought on another penalty which Steyn again kicked out for a lineout, but this time the All Black defense did enough to force the turnover.

Just before the half-time break the Boks were placed under pressure and had to face two minutes in their own 22m area.

In that period Willem Alberts was taken off the field on a stretcher which brought Siya Kolisi onto the park.

After the hooter Liam Messam went over for his second and Cruden converted the try to give the All Blacks a 6-point lead.