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Media and Twitter react to famous All Blacks win

The All Blacks scored a memorable win at Ellis Park this morning. We take a look at some of the reaction in the media and on Twitter.

Harry Jones – The Roar

The problem for the Boks is it felt like a return to 2013 or 2018 where the Boks tried to play too much and got caught in an NBA style shootout.

Ian Foster is the big winner. What does that mean? He probably won himself a place in the box in France in 2023.

Jacques Nienaber out-thought himself. Keep Marx in the No 2 jersey, a wing on the wing, and a fit No 8 at the base. Maybe it’s a narrow win.

Welcome back, All Blacks!

The Roar Editorial Team

The Springboks were not as clinical as they had been in the 26-10 victory over the visitors the previous week as they scored tries through sublime centre Lukhanyo Am and winger Makazole Mapimpi, but faced opponents who were vastly improved.

Whether the victory is enough to save Foster’s job will become clear in the coming days, as New Zealand prepare to host Argentina in their next Rugby Championship clash on Aug. 27, while the Boks travel to play Australia on the same day.

BBC

But a much-improved All Blacks side turned things around on Saturday in an exciting match in which world champions South Africa led by two points with six minutes remaining before conceding two converted tries.

The Irish Times

The All Blacks had lost five of their last six tests going into the contest at a raucous Ellis Park, including a biggest defeat by the Springboks in 94 years the week before as they lost 26-10 in Nelspruit.

But there was much more edge to the team second time round, as they showed greater desire to match the physicality of the home side and were vastly improved in the scrum and breakdown, which allowed them to unleash their dangerous backs.

James While, planetrugby.com 

In an absolutely remarkable turnaround of fortune, New Zealand beat South Africa to retain the Freedom Cup in front of 62,000 at Ellis Park in a match they simply couldn’t afford to lose.

With tries from Sam Cane, Samisoni Taukei’aho, David Havili and Scott Barrett, supported by 15 points off the tee from the outstanding Richie Mo’unga, the All Blacks played with pace, intellect and purpose against an unusually inaccurate and ponderous Springbok side.

The first eight minutes underlined the intent of the All Blacks, with only poor execution hampering their try-scoring ambitions. Crucially, they edged the battle of the set-pieces and breakdown, a remarkable feat considering their deficiencies last weekend.

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