The New Zealanders recovered against the Springboks this Saturday at the end of the afternoon. Julian Savea has largely contributed to the success of his team (23-35).
The All Blacks avoid the worst and get their heads above water. By winning 23-35 on the lawn of South Africa, the New Zealanders find the way to victory after three losses in a row.
Ardie Savea, the last bastion
Here is one to whom the All Blacks supporters can say thank you. Imperial in defense until the end of the match, the best New Zealander of the day allowed his people not to cash in at least two or three additional tries. In a weak defense, he is one of the few to have succeeded in his match, alongside Jordan who was excellent in the air.
Rieko Ioane, all-risk insurance
Like his 80-meter throw on Havili’s 73rd-minute try, Ioane had a superb game, contributing greatly to his team’s success. He did not score and yet… He will have left his mark on this meeting.
Am the twirler
As for the Springboks, Lukhanyo Am was exceptional. Breakthroughs galore, try in the 37th minute, main actor of the South African offensives… It is a complete performance that the number 13 of the last world champions offered to his nation.
South Africa crack in the final
By winning Act 1 (26-10 on August 6), the Springboks imposed a tough test on the All Blacks who came with revenge this Saturday. And it did not fail. In a real fight of 80 minutes, South Africa finally cracked in the first and in the last moments of the match by conceding a 0-15 quickly and not resisting the Blacks at the end of the game. One everywhere between the two nations.
Barrett scared his people
The Blacks’ number 22 was guilty of an obstruction on the Springboks’ recovery minutes from the end of the match. Without his irregular intervention, it was certainly a test, of course, but the New Zealanders therefore had to play at 14 until three minutes from the final whistle… Not easy in the current context.