All Blacks much better than Boks, not that you didn’t already know

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    The All Blacks have beaten the Springboks by 57 to 0 this evening in Auckland and stretch their lead at the top of the Rugby Championship.

    A lot was spoken about this Springboks team in the lead-up to the game – an unbeaten run in 2017 including a strong performance away from home last week against the Wallabies suggested that tonight might be an classic clash between two old rivals.

    Both sides were missing some top talent but it still promised to be an enthralling match-up between two world rugby powerhouses.

    In the first ten minutes of the game the Boks partly lived up to this hype and it looked like the All Blacks were going to have to work hard to earn a home win.

    But in the following 30 minutes the ABs took almost every single opportunity that occurred and ran in four converted tries.

    Most of them were off the back of errors from the Boks rather than the result of a lengthy build up of possession from the Kiwis.

    It wasn’t that the Kiwis scored at will like they perhaps did against the Wallabies in the first half of the Sydney match of this year’s championship – it was more that they pounced so effectively when a half chance showed its face.

    There are several issues that the Boks will have to look at before their next match.

    The set piece was flawed from start to finish. A lot was made of the clash between the hookers today – Marx vs Coles was meant to be an exciting head-to-head but in the end it was totally one-sided. Marx just couldn’t get his timing right and the Boks line out suffered. It got to the point where a Bok line out was an attacking opportunity for the All Blacks and certainly not the solid foundation that it should be.

    In the scrum too not only was the Boks performance poor but it ended up being the source of far too many penalties for the men in black. The front five will be truly disappointed with today and will have to work hard to regain confidence moving forward.

    When they did have the ball, the Boks attack just didn’t click tonight. Obviously that’s partly down to the oppressive defence from the Kiwis but the South Africans seemed to struggle with switching to Plan B or C once it was clear that Plan A was not going to work.

    A lot was expected from Jantjies – he’s shown in recent months that his pure talent was being backed up with control and consistency at the international level. Going up against the best No.10 in the world was going to be a real demonstration of how far he’s come and sadly today the demo went as well as Apple’s recent demo of their new Face ID – crash and burn!

    To be fair it’s always going to be hard to be a No.10 when your forwards are going backwards but Jantjies struggled to get in the game. His early penalty goal miss was a rare one and who knows what would have happened if he’d slotted it but from that early point onwards he was far too quiet.

    Their restarts were confusing and they had a number of them. Far too many times they kicked the restart deep with the hope that one of the wingers would be able to sprint up and challenge. But the kicks were far too deep and what we saw time and again were All Blacks having time and space to take the catch cleanly and then decide how to respond. When the Boks dragged the restart shorter they got to compete and caused the Kiwis some difficulty.

    In a way this demonstrates one of the bigger problems that the South Africans face – when they are under pressure they are not making good decisions. More and more in sport there is discussion about how the best of the best are able to make good decisions under fatigue and under pressure. Today the Boks demonstrated that at the moment they are not the three-dimensional team that they want to be.

    From the New Zealand point of view they will obviously be happy with the number of points they scored – hard not to be when you rack up over 50 against a tier one competitor.

    But what will arguably put a bigger smile on their faces is the 0 points conceded. The Boks missed one penalty kick at goal and that was really their only scoring opportunity.

    The All Blacks defence stood up strong and while the Boks didn’t present an overly challenging attack, it is still an impressive feat to have kept their discipline and organisation for 80 minutes.

    The Boks will be hugely disappointed with the way that they lost today and it’ll be interesting to see how they respond. To be fair to them they have been travelling a lot in the first four rounds of the Championship and now get to return home for the final two rounds.

    A good win against the Aussies in two weeks time will help heal the wounds from today and then they will have another chance to test themselves against the best of the best in early October when the All Blacks travel to Cape Town.

    The All Blacks coaching staff will have some time to rethink how they define success and motivate their squad who are running away with this year’s Championship.

    Winning at home like they did today is impressive but if they can go and play like that on the road as well then that is truly scary.

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    • September 16th 2017 @ 7:26pm
      Jeffrey said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:26pm | ! Report

      Jumped the gun there. 57-0.

    • September 16th 2017 @ 7:31pm
      adastra32 said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

      Jeez. Imagine most SA fans were hoping that a hole would open up in the pitch for Jantjes to fall down before he got subbed..

    • September 16th 2017 @ 7:38pm
      Pinetree said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:38pm | ! Report

      A record set for biggest margin for the All blacks versus the Springboks. Impressive, 57 points to nil. SB will want to forget this game.

      • Roar Guru

        September 16th 2017 @ 7:54pm
        Cadfael said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:54pm | ! Report

        Does he want to remember any of the RC games or mid winter tests?

      • Roar Rookie

        September 16th 2017 @ 7:58pm
        TC123 said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:58pm | ! Report

        Not something they’ll forget that quickly unfortunately. A three test series against England would be fantastic. Never going to happen but it would be great. Maybe a full tour with a few tough midweek games against Thames Valley, Wanganui or Mid-Canterbury to soften the poms up. Those were the days. This current competition has run its course in my opinion

    • September 16th 2017 @ 7:39pm
      Nigel said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:39pm | ! Report

      There u have it, it’s a different level gentlemen!! So how do u rate the standard?? Boks beat Puma twice, Puma comes closer to ABs, Wobblies get thrashed then nearly beat them?? Is it the personnel?? Could be? Or is it just dependent on the night?? The Boks promised so much, a couple of personnel can’t make that much of a difference or can it?? I think the ABs have found a number six with a better game than Kaino so bro take your time because all it takes is a chance and your chance is gone brother great player that you are????

      • September 16th 2017 @ 7:47pm
        Fionn said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:47pm | ! Report

        What are you on?

        Are you Hunter S. Thompson?

        • September 16th 2017 @ 7:58pm
          Highlander said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:58pm | ! Report

          Just for your info Michael Aalalatoa had another big one today

        • September 16th 2017 @ 9:50pm
          Taylorman said | September 16th 2017 @ 9:50pm | ! Report

          Howd your better SA locks and forwards go, you know the ones you were touting last week?

      • September 16th 2017 @ 7:49pm
        blairrorani said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

        Bit of all of the above probably Nigel. Also, the ABs had a few changes in Bledisloe 2 and vs. Argies. So tonight they seemed to have their combinations working a lot better than in those matches. Probably too much kicking ball away to the ABs plus lots of mistakes = lots of counter attack which plays into the AB’s hands.

    • September 16th 2017 @ 7:46pm
      Dave said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

      The AB’s have played around with their tactics the last couple of weeks, eg no kicking from the half back vs Arg.

      • Roar Guru

        September 16th 2017 @ 9:56pm
        Machpants said | September 16th 2017 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

        Yeah like in the last RWC, ABs are using different tactics to challenge the players, it’s all about improving their resilience against pressure. Something the lions showed the current and lacking in, just like the 07 ABs.

    • September 16th 2017 @ 8:58pm
      Guy Beukes said | September 16th 2017 @ 8:58pm | ! Report

      Being a die hard Bok supporter, I could not be more disappointed. Obviously not up to scratch. Is it the couch? Players? Who do we blame? Did they just have a bad day? No, this is terrible and systemic.

      • September 17th 2017 @ 9:20am
        jaysper said | September 17th 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

        Sure , but a new couch (your spelling not mine 😀 ) would definitely make a huge difference.
        I think that combined with abandoning the racist selection policy (not that it will happen) would see the Boos be pretty competitive.

      • September 18th 2017 @ 5:00am
        Glen the red said | September 18th 2017 @ 5:00am | ! Report

        I don’t think some of these players respect the guvnor to the point that they will die for this Bok Jersey. You have a few club level players, not passengers but not world class level at all. A few need finishing school, Marx needs a world class hooker to spend some time with him with his accuracy. Get oli let roux. Pollard needs honiball to show him how to stop traffic. You need a linking 13 who can organise a defense, Rhule got no heart I defense he’s soft. Frank Steyn at the back last line of defense. Kick quotas out no o e entitled to an international jersey.

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