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South Africa 26-10 New Zealand: All Blacks lose Rugby Championship opener; lose three in a row for first time since 1998

Kurt-Lee Arendse and Willie le Roux score tries, with Handre Pollard adding three penalties and a drop-goal as the Springboks registered their biggest win over the All Blacks for 94 years; New Zealand lose third Test in a row (Ireland, Ireland, South Africa) for first time since 1998

Last Updated: 06/08/22 11:23pm


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Highlights of the Rugby Championship opener between South Africa and New Zealand

Highlights of the Rugby Championship opener between South Africa and New Zealand

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.

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.

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

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

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 tryline, 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

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster will come under ever-increasing pressure for his job in the wake of another New Zealand defeat, with former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt potentially waiting in the wings to take over.

South Africa and New Zealand meet again in Johannesburg in a week’s time, live on Sky Sports, where anything other than an All Blacks victory will likely see Foster forced out of his job, despite the next Rugby World Cup in France being just 13 months away from starting.

All Blacks skipper Cane credits Springboks | Kolisi, Marx hungry to beat All Blacks again

New Zealand captain Sam Cane was full of praise for South Africa after his side were well beaten at Mbombela Stadium in their Rugby Championship opener

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New Zealand captain Sam Cane was full of praise for South Africa after his side were well beaten at Mbombela Stadium in their Rugby Championship opener

New Zealand captain Sam Cane was full of praise for South Africa after his side were well beaten at Mbombela Stadium in their Rugby Championship opener

“The Springboks threw a hell of a lot at us, we did quite well to absorb it but it took a lot out of us. They kept applying pressure, especially at the breakdown and that disrupted a lot of our flow,” All Blacks captain Cane added.

“Were bitterly disappointed, it really hurts. We must get better at the breakdown and the contestables (in the air). I cant ask any more of the team in terms of the belief and the effort. It is just small margins at this level.”

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster credited the South African defence as the main reason for their Rugby Championship victory

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New Zealand head coach Ian Foster credited the South African defence as the main reason for their Rugby Championship victory

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster credited the South African defence as the main reason for their Rugby Championship victory

After beating New Zealand 26-10, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has already turned his attention to next week's repeat clash in Johannesburg

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After beating New Zealand 26-10, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has already turned his attention to next week’s repeat clash in Johannesburg

After beating New Zealand 26-10, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has already turned his attention to next week’s repeat clash in Johannesburg

Man of the match Malcolm Marx was delighted to comfortably beat New Zealand as he picked up his 50th cap for South Africa

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Man of the match Malcolm Marx was delighted to comfortably beat New Zealand as he picked up his 50th cap for South Africa

Man of the match Malcolm Marx was delighted to comfortably beat New Zealand as he picked up his 50th cap for South Africa



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