New Zealand crush South Africa in Christchurch

The All Blacks dominated the early exchanges & took a deserved lead through an early penalty.

New Zealand crushed South Africa in Christchurch after recording a 41-13 in their Rugby Championship match on 17 September 2016. Picture: @Springboks via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - As many expected, New Zealand dominated South Africa in Christchurch after recording a 41-13 in their Rugby Championship match.

The All Blacks dominated the early exchanges and took a deserved lead through an early penalty from Beauden Barrett.

The Springboks were first to cross the line after, an excellent passage of play was finished off by Bryan Habana who scored his 66th Test try.

New Zealand responded almost immediately through Israel Dagg. The play started with a knock on from Elton Jantjies inside the SA 22 which gave the All Blacks an attacking scrum. Quick hands down the blind side found Dagg in acres of space, as he crossed the line for a simple try.

Julian Savea broke his duck against South Africa after scoring his first try against the Springboks. A strong run from Dan Coles saw two defenders commit to the tackle, opening up space for Savea out wide as he dived over in the corner to lead 15-7.

Jantjies reduced to deficit to five points, with three minutes left in the half, and a simple penalty as South Africa trailed 15-10 at half time.

Ten minutes into the second half, the All Blacks were over the line again as Ben Smith ran onto a beautifully times pass from Aaron Smith to extend their lead to 22-10.

Jantjies reduced that gap to nine points with another penalty in the 53rd minute, but Ardie Savea extended it once more after capitalising on an excellent break from Aaron Smith as home fans celebrated a 16 point gap.

That was extended even further after Sam Whitelock scored in the corner after quick hands from New Zealand found space outwide.

Tj Perenara scored their sixth try of the night, his second against South Africa as the hosts brought up 40 points. The conversion was added and was the last scoring opportunity of the match as the All Blacks completed a convincingly 41-13 win over the Springboks.

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Meanwhile, former Springboks players are lambasting South Africa's performance.

Former Springbok player Ray Mordt says the Springboks performance was shocking.

"I don't like being critical of the Springboks side but if I have a look at the performance today, it is one of the worst performances I've seen from the Springbok team. The All Blacks were a great side, I think the Springboks played really bad rugby."

Mordt says Springbok rugby is in a mess at the moment.

"It's a real concern and I think it must be a concern for the coaches. The defence was weak and things didn't work out. We looked good at times when we had the ball in hand, but overall it was a bad performance."