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The powerful New Zealand XV rolled over South Africa 41-13 last Saturday to win this year’s southern hemisphere Rugby Championship.  The All Blacks are currently 4-0 with two games remaining.

It was another example of an All Black’s slow start followed by a 26-point romp in the second half. South Africa scored first after Bryan Habana’s 66th Test try in just twenty-minutes. New Zealand responded with two tries in that period to lead 15-10 at the break. In the second period, the All Blacks found open spaces and offloads for four tries as hooker Dan Coles set up three during the match. The Savea brothers had one try each.

The Springboks stand 35-54-3 against the All Blacks, the rugby nation with the highest winning percentage against the perennial champions. Of note is that South Africa enjoy a 29-25 home win record against New Zealand, the sole negative statistic for the All Blacks against all nations since the beginning their Test match play.

Australia advanced to second (2-2) with a 36-20 win over Argentina (1-3). The Wallabies scored three, first half tries to lead 21-6 at the half. Both fifteens battled even in the second period.

On October 1, South Africa host Australia and Argentina welcome New Zealand.

Remember these matches mirrored the semi-final games of last October’s Rugby World Cup when New Zealand and Australia advanced to the final, the event won the All Blacks for their second consecutive (2011 and 2015) championship.