août 13, 2022

Match Report – South Africa – – – New Zealand

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Last Updated: 06/08/22 6:37pm

South Africa’s Kurt-Lee Arendse scored a crucial early try, and was shown a late red card

A dominant display – at set-piece and in contact – saw South Africa kick off their 2022 Rugby Championship campaign with a 26-10 win over New Zealand – the first time since 1998 the All Blacks have lost three Tests in a row.

Defeat in Mbombela to the Springboks follows successive home losses to Ireland for New Zealand which came in their 2-1 series defeat last month, live on Sky Sports.

They fell to a 19-3 deficit in South Africa on Saturday as Boks wing Kurt-Lee Arendse scored early – his first Test try – off a wonderful Lukhanyo Am offload.

Kurt-Lee Arendse got his first international try as he opened the scoring for South Africa against New Zealand.

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Kurt-Lee Arendse got his first international try as he opened the scoring for South Africa against New Zealand.

Kurt-Lee Arendse got his first international try as he opened the scoring for South Africa against New Zealand.

Fly-half Handre Pollard added three penalties and a drop-goal, either side of a Jordie Barrett penalty for the All Blacks, before Arendse was red carded late on for a horrendous tackle on Beauden Barrett in the air.

Arendse was given a red card for taking New Zealand's Beauden Barrett out in the air

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Arendse was given a red card for taking New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett out in the air

Arendse was given a red card for taking New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett out in the air

The All Blacks notched their only try in the limited time that remained, as replacement Shannon Frizell reached out to score following a superb Caleb Clark break, but it was South Africa who would have the final say.

Shannon Frizell's late try was little more than consolation for New Zealand against South Africa.

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Shannon Frizell’s late try was little more than consolation for New Zealand against South Africa.

Shannon Frizell’s late try was little more than consolation for New Zealand against South Africa.

A woeful error from Frizell just outside his own 22 saw him spill the ball back towards his own try-line, where replacement Willie le Roux took the gift to kick on and score.

Willie le Roux pounced to score in the final minute for South Africa's second try

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Willie le Roux pounced to score in the final minute for South Africa’s second try

Willie le Roux pounced to score in the final minute for South Africa’s second try

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