All Blacks onslaught overwhelms Springboks in Rugby Championship Test at Albany

All Blacks onslaught overwhelms Springboks in Rugby Championship Test at Albany

New Zealand doled out their record beating to South Africa to all but seal their *seven billionth Rugby Championship title.

It was the second successive time the All Blacks had put 57 points on the Springboks who had come into the match unbeaten in six matches.

The All Blacks, in contrast, were down on confidence after a drawn series against the British and Irish Lions and narrow wins in their most recent Tests against Australia and Argentina.

New Zealand were already 10-0 up after Aaron Smith's quick-tap and kick over the top set up a score for Rieko Ioane, and Barrett had landed a penalty, when Milner Skudder came to the party.

Barrett featured prominently in several of those scoring movements, including the third All Blacks' try, which was scored by his brother Scott Barrett from Beauden's pin-point cross-kick.


It was not long before New Zealand crossed the whitewash again with Milner-Skudder grabbing his second of the match with a fine try in the corner in the 52nd minute before Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor dotted down to march past the half-century mark, with Beauden Barrett contributing 17 of the total.

Barrett's goal-kicking had been questioned when he missed all three of his attempts during the All Blacks' previous Rugby Championship test against Australia two weeks ago, but he returned to form Saturday, kicking eight of nine attempts for 17 points.

South Africa actually started strongly, dominating the early scrum exchanges as they piled the heat on rookie All Blacks props Kane Hames and Nepo Laulala.

"I'm pleased with a couple of brilliant defensive efforts and a lot of positives that we can still take out of this game", said the South Africa coach.

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