All Blacks out to extend flawless record against South Africa

All Blacks out to extend flawless record against South Africa

All Blacks out to extend flawless record against South Africa

The eight-try victory surpassed the All Blacks previous best 57-15 win in Durban a year ago and it was South Africa's heaviest defeat, eclipsing their 53-3 loss to England at Twickenham in 2002. "We're trying to get better all the time", said the coach.

A South African rugby great has already conceded defeat to the All Blacks in Cape Town, even though the game is almost three weeks away.

With both first choice props Joe Moody and Owen Franks on the injured list, the All Blacks selectors surprised a few when they gave Kane Hames the number one jersey and retained 64-test veteran Wyatt Crockett in his impact role off the bench. Aaron Smith returns at scrum-half and Ryan Crotty ousts Anton Lienert-Brown at outside centre. Nehe (Milner-Skudder) scored that try in the corner and we walked back and you always know that it's not a good feeling when you're not trying to get back (quickly).

"It's been a while coming this year", he said.

Springboks captain Eben Etzebeth also told the media the result "does not define Springbok rugby".

"We have no option but to fight back in South Africa".

New Zealand weathered a strong beginning by the Springboks, then began to feast on South African errors and to find holes in a porous defence, running in four tries in the last 23 minutes of the first half, including two in the last seven minutes.

Anton Lienert-Brown showed raw strength to bounce off Handre Pollard and surge to the line, enabling Lima Sopoaga to get on the board with six minutes remaining.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff, Trevor Nyakane, Lood De Jager, Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Francois Hougaard, Handre Pollard, Damian De Allende.

Hansen was delighted by the margin of New Zealand's victory over South Africa, though he felt their start was sluggish.

"It is a challenge for us emotionally".

South Africa slumped to a record 57-0 defeat against the All Blacks. "I think they are vulnerable but you still have to be at your best to exploit that".

It was the second time in consecutive Tests that the All Blacks have put more than 50 points past the Springboks following their 57-15 victory a year ago.

It was only the fifth time in the 94-Test history between the fierce rivals that the Springboks have been kept scoreless.

- Jaco Kriel tops the tackles charts (38) after three rounds, however, Coenraad Oosthuizen has made more than any other player who is yet to miss one (32/32).

- Elton Jantjies (49) has opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the point-scoring leaderboard for The Rugby Championship 2017, and is yet to miss a conversion attempt (10).

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