Sensational Springboks topple champs

Date published: October 4 2014

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South Africa ended New Zealand’s 22-game unbeaten streak on Saturday with an incredible 27-25 victory in Johannesburg.

South Africa ended New Zealand’s 22-game unbeaten streak on Saturday with an incredible 27-25 victory in Johannesburg.

The result also sees the Springboks break a three-year losing streak against the world champions and Rugby Championship winners, claiming their first win against the All Blacks at Ellis Park in ten years.

The sides scored three tries apiece but a Pat Lambie penalty from 55 metres out in the 78th minute gave the Boks an epic win and laid down a marker ahead of next year’s World Cup in England.

It was hard to imagine that this year’s showdown could even come close to the thriller of twelve months ago at the same venue but we were wrong. The Boks took on the world’s number-one ranked side at their own game, playing with volume and pace.

It was breathtaking.

The Springboks led 21-13 at half thanks to brilliant tries from half-backs Francois Hougaard and Handr

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