The South Africans and New Zealanders put game and emotion to a match that had not been seen for a long time. To occupy a place within 10 best matches in rugby history. Nothing was saved. A total sample of what can be played. It was won by South Africa in the last play 31-29, but the applause goes to both. The world rugby grateful for the exhibition they gave.
Each one had their moment, at first half uneven New Zealand hand in hand with Beauden Barrett. Each exploited what they do best. While New Zealand came out determined to move the ball, the world champions stuck to their game system: defense, a lot of dispute on contact, and kick to the bottom to put pressure.
To the 5 Lukhanyo Am recovers within 22 meters rivals, threw a fantasy rever for him try by Damian de Allende. The impact was not felt because neither of them lowered the intensity throughout the game, despite the fact that little by little New Zealand, in the small details and the skills of its best players, he began to make the South Africans feel the rigor, who paid dearly for every mistake.
The black orchestra began to sound better when Beauden Barrett emerged as the great figure of his team: the opening with a kick enabled Sevu Reece for the first conquest and then broke the line for him try by Ardie Savea. Overwhelmed, South Africa failed in one of its best phases as is the line and 5 meters from the ingoal Scott Barrett stole it and Brad Weber turned it into a try. The South African head coach didn’t want to wait until halftime to see a change in attitude, and after 38 minutes, he changed the entire front row. The greens could only add a Handré Pollard penalty to go to halftime 20-14 down.
ANDThe complement was from the South Africans They quickly found the tools to turn the scoreboard. They cornered the rival and soon began to score points with the try by Makazole Mapimpi and two penalties, one by Handré Pollard and one by Elton Jantjies.
There began the duel of shipments to the sticks between the two. There was not much left to give and they both stuck to rugby basics so as not to lose the game. They took care of the error and indiscipline because everyone knew that the game was going to be defined by a small detail. Jordie Barrett at 26 and 35´ changed the best moments of New Zealand for points. At 36 ‘ Elton jantjies put the greens up with a drop. Exit, penalty and again Jordie Barrett left New Zealand ahead. Ball stolen in the ruck in minute 79, penalty and South Africa went to play in the 22 meters rivals: line, maul, 2 phases of play, penalty and Elton Jantjies gave the victory to South Africa in the last action of the match.
It could have been won by either of us, because when they got their best repertoire, they managed to clearly outperform their rival. The first half of New Zealand and the complement of South Africa. A game that is not seen every day. South Africa won it to keep alive the flame of the rivalry between two teams at its best, the one that allowed us to see a great game in Gold Coast.
SOUTH AFRICA (31): 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager , 4 Eben Etzebeth,
Changes: PT: 38´ Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Koch for Nché, Mbonambi and Nyakane. ST: 1´ Frans Stein for Le Roux, 8´Elton Jantjies for Nkosi, 11´ Franco Mostert for Lood de Jagger, 16´ Jasper Wiese for Kolisi, 26´Herschel Jantjies for De Klerk.
NEW ZEALAND (29): 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala; 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Scott Barrett; 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Ardie Savea (cap), 8. Luke Jacobson; 9. Brad Weber, 10. Beauden Barrett; 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. David Havili, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Sevu Reece; 15. Jordie Barrett.
Changes: ST: 1´ Patrick Tuipulotu by Scott Barrett, 10´Ethan Blackadder by Jacobson, 18´ Asafo Aumua, George Bower, Ofa Tuungafasi and TJ Perenara by Moody, Taylor, Laulala and Weber; 26´ Richie Mo’unga and Damian McKenzie by Beauden Barrett and Havili.
POINTS IN THE FIRST TIME: 5´ try by Damian de Allende (S), 9´ Penalty by Jordie Barrett (NZ), 12´ Penalty by Handré Pollard (S), 13´ Try by Sevu reece (NZ), 24´ Penalty by Handré Pollard (S) , 26´ Try by Ardie Savea converted by Jordie Barret, 33´ Try by Brad Weber (NZ).
Partial result: New Zealand 20-14 South Africa.
POINTS IN THE SECOND TIME: 5´ Penalty by Handré Pollard (S), 11´ Try by Makazole Mapimpi, 17´ Penalty by Elton Jantjies (S), 26´ Penalty by Jordie Barrett (NZ), 35´ Penalty by Jordie Barrett (NZ), 36´ Drop by Elton Jantjies (S), 37´ Penalty by Jordie Barrett (NZ), 40´ Penalty by Elton Jantjies (S).
WARNED: there was not.
BASKETBALL COURT: CBUS Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.
REFEREE: Matthew Carley (England).