- New Zealand registered a much-needed 35-23 victory over South Africa in the second Rugby Championship match of the season at Ellis Park
- The All Blacks had been demolished by the Springboks 26-10 last weekend at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit
- This ended the Kiwi team's three-match losing streak that started with a series defeat against Ireland in July
Two tries in the last five minutes enabled the All Blacks to overcome a strong comeback by the Springboks as they ended their three-match losing sequence with a deserved 35-23 Castle Lager Rugby championship win at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday.
It looked as though the Boks had recovered from a poor start and a 15-0 deficit when Handre Pollard kicked the penalty, putting them in the lead for the first time in the game in the 68th minute.
However, the effort of fighting back might have sucked in the Bok energy while the All Blacks are renowned for winning late on the highveld, and there should have been a sense of dejavu for those who remember some of the other games played in Gauteng over the past 12 years.
The All Blacks did something similar at Loftus in 2018. However let it be said that they were nowhere near as good in that game as they were in this one. Although the Boks dominated the forward battle in the second half, the Kiwis resisted the pressure exerted, at times perhaps with the help of English referee Luke Pearce, who made some perplexing calls against the Boks.
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New Zealand 35 - Tries: Sam Cane, Samisoni Taukei’aho, David Havili and Scott Barrett: Conversions: Richie Mo’unga 3; Penalties: Richie Mo’unga 3.
South Africa 23 - Tries: Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi; Conversions: Handre Pollard 2; Penalties: Handre Pollard 3.
Video surfaces on TikTok of Springbok fan being smashed by security after streaking on Mbombela Stadium pitch
A Springbok supporter probably regrets whatever temporary insanity that enveloped his mind last weekend.
As reported by Sports Brief, the man was seen streaking on the Mbombela Stadium field in Nelspruit last Saturday during half-time of South Africa's 26-10 demolition of New Zealand in the Rugby Championship opener.
The TikTok video then showed him being tackled brutally by security, before being hauled away for what must have been a cold and unpleasant night in Mbombela.
This evoked memories of a more unpleasant incident in 2002, when Piet van Zyl attacked Irish referee Dave McHugh during a Tri-Nations Test match been the two nations at the King's Park Stadium in Durban.
Source: Sports Brief News