Boks beat All Blacks 27-25
The Springboks have ended the All Blacks 22 match winning streak.
JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks have ended the All Blacks 22 match winning streak with a 27-25 victory at Ellis Park.
The Boks went into the match boosted by the inclusion of Duane Vermuelen who overcame his rib injury and started.
At half time the hosts were 21-13 up thanks to two tries from Handre Pollard, one was scored just before the hooter sounded for the break.
For the All Blacks their points in the first 40 minutes came from the boot of Beaden Barrett with 2 penalties - he also converted Malakai Fekitoa's try.
The Boks came out flying in the 2nd half and the Ellis Park Stadium erupted when they thought skipper Jean de Villiers had, but the TMO ruled that Conrad Smith had got to the ball first.
14 minutes later the All Blacks also had their a try disallowed by the TMO
In the 2nd half, the Springboks rung the changes, Schalk Burger for Oupa Mohoje; Pat Lambie for Handre Pollard; Bakkies Botha for Eben Etzebeth; Marcel van der Merwe for Jannie Du Plessis;
The All Blacks slowly fought their way back into the game as Ben Smith went over, thanks to a good build up from Conrad Smith - Barrett's conversion and the score was 24-20 with 15 minutes to go.
The All Blacks notorious for coming back strong in the second half went ahead when Dane Coles scored his first every try after a nice pass from Kieran Read. 11 minutes left on the clock and the All Blacks were leading 25-24
The crowd was on their feet when Pat Lambie attempted a drop goal which was charged down and with the deflection just swung left. Ellis Park… silence…
New Zealand were fortunate to get away with not having Liam Messam sent off for a high tackle on Schalk Burger - from the resulting penalty Patrick Lambie stepped up, under intense pressure and from 55 meters out he slotted it through for the winning points.
And that is how the Springboks beat the All Blacks and ended their unbeaten run.
For more visit EWN's Rugby Championship portal.