South Africa had the higher of the opening exchanges and led Three-Zero by means of a Handre Pollard penalty because the All Blacks got here beneath sustained stress. Pollard then missed a comparatively straightforward penalty, earlier than the All Blacks ripped management of the primary half away from the Springboks.
Faf de Klerk’s free move offered the chance for an All Blacks breakaway and after Richie Mo’unga’s penalty leveled the rating, tries from George Bridge and Scott Barrett will need to have left South Africa questioning simply how the sport had run away from them so shortly.
To their immense credit score, the Springboks discovered their approach again into the sport after the interval. Cheslin Kolbe’s robust working started to hassle New Zealand, whereas Pieter-Steph du Toit’s try to a Pollard drop aim decreased the deficit to 17-13.
South Africa have been on high however the All Blacks weathered the storm and two penalties from Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett enabled the world champion to take care of its report of by no means having misplaced a World Cup group match.