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HT at Ellis Park, the Springboks lead the All Blacks 21-13

At the start of play Duane Vermeulen handed the Boks a major boost.

FILE: New Zealand took the lead through an early Beauden Barrett penalty, but their advantage was short lived. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - At the start of play Duane Vermeulen handed the Boks a major boost as he was declared fit to start.

New Zealand took the lead through an early Beauden Barrett penalty, but their advantage was short lived, as the South African backline combined from their own 22, resulting in a converted Francois Hougaard try in the 11th minute.

Another Barrett penalty reduced the deficit to one, all before Handre Pollard produced a moment of magic to score the Boks' second five-pointer.

It was then 14-13 thanks to all Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa, who found a way over the try line, but on the stroke of halftime, the Boks surged ahead as Pollard again breaching the defence and converting his own try.

Half time: South Africa 21-13 New Zealand.

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