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All Blacks Teach Springboks A Lesson
New Zealand crush South Africa to get Tri-Nations campaign going
Posted Aug 01, 2011 by Chris White
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An already injury-ravaged South Africa were torn apart in Christchurch, as New Zealand went wild in their first Tri-Nations fixture of 2011, racking up six tries and handing the Springboks their second defeat in a week.
The South Africans, who lost 39-20 to Australia the week before were never given a sniff against the All Blacks, who took the lead after 13 minutes. Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett crossed for his first international try, before club team-mate Zaz Guildford went over for his first try in a New Zealand jersey.
By the time Crockett and Guildford crossed the line, Dan Carter, on his return to the side after injury, had regained the leading points scorer in world rugby, having converted a penalty to take the lead away from Jonny Wilkinson. Carter, who scored 10 points in the match, now has 1,204 Test points, with Wilkinson dropping to second with 1,195.
Springbok skipper John Smit reduced the arrears in the 29th minute, as he went over for the only South African try of the match, converted by Morne Steyn.
However, Cory Jane, who was initially left out of the squad for the Tri-Nations series, went over just before half-time making the score 18-7 at the break, and again just after, as New Zealand turned their performance up a notch, securing the bonus point for their fourth try of the match. From that point on the South Africans seemed to be praying for the referee to end the match, which was as good as over as a contest already.
Guildford went over for his second try of the match, and Colin Slade completed the try-scoring late on, having come on at fly half, with Carter moving to centre.
The next fixture of the series is undoubtedly the biggest so far, as New Zealand host the Australians on Saturday.