Killers of Hope… Returning to the top level after a somewhat sensitive period, the All Blacks defeated South Africa on Saturday in the second day of the Rugby Championship at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland by a score of 35 to 20. It is a success that would make… New Zealand is closer to its 20th title in the southern hemisphere competition, which was cut short this year by the World Cup, which begins on September 8 in France.
The Lions will only have to check their first place on July 29 during their third and final match against Australia, who lost to South Africa on the first day.
A perfect start to the game and then relentless resistance at the end of the game, this is the recipe for the All Blacks to beat the Springboks on a silver platter and continue their run of invincibility in Auckland, which began in 1994. From in the first quarter of the hour, La Verne’s men laid their foundations With a first attempt from Aaron Smith (fifth) after bad interference from South Africa. Missed tackles also accompanied the Springboks throughout the meeting.
The opening match of the World Cup will be difficult.
Just ten minutes later, Shannon Frizell doubled the lead with a jump from Jordan on the left side of the field (15th position). The first half then ended with a score of 20 to 3. South Africa’s reaction was predictable. And it happened. In the 54th minute, a ball carried after a touch at the 5th minute allowed Malcolm Marks to flatten to give momentum to his teammates.
Less than ten minutes later, Cheslin Colby certainly brought his team back into the game after a wonderful attempt following a jump from the right side (62). But like the killers they have become again, the All Blacks extinguished the hopes of the world champions with two tries at the end of the two matches (69 and 77). Richie Mo’unga also stood out with one missed try during the entire match.
Despite a largely maintained squad heading into this match, the world champions Springbok, deprived of their symbolic captain Siya Kolisi through injury, could not hold their own against the more aggressive and precise Lions side. From now on, the two teams will face each other for the last time in a friendly match at Twickenham (England) before the start of the World Cup on September 8th, where the opening match between France and New Zealand will be a terrible one.
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