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South Africa upset New Zealand, their first victory in New Zealand (Wellington) since 2009. Here are the amazing statistics of the match:
Tries : NZ 6, SA 5
Meters : NZ 624, SA 245
Carries : NZ 215, SA 59
Passes : NZ 257, SA 64
Possession : NZ 75%, SA 25%
Tackles : NZ 61, SA 235
Rucks Won : NZ 155, SA 41
SCORE : SPRINGBOKS 36 – ALL BLACKS 34
The Kiwis had been victorious in 11 of the past 12 matches against the Springboks. The loss represented only the third defeat for New Zealand since winning the Rugby World Cup in October 2015 (Ireland in Chicago, and Australia).
Despite the overwhelming dominance by the attacking All Blacks throughout the match, South Africa capitalized for tries on two sloppy ball handling errors. In addition, while Pollard converted four of five for South Africa, New Zealand managed only two for six conversions with Barrett hitting the goal posts twice.
South Africa led at the break 24-17 and 36-29 late in the second period. A last-minute Kiwi attack failed at the Springboks five-meter line and the whistle blew.
For South Africa, it was a glorious day, a day to forget not achieving a break-even Test match win record since the 2015 RWC. A day not to ponder the Union’s financial bankruptcy. It marked the 36th Springboks win in in 96 contests against the reigning world champions.
South Africa advanced to fifth place in the World Rugby standings.