Springboks and their exponential growth to be New Zealand’s toughest rival in the Rugby Championship

Springboks and their exponential growth to be New Zealand's toughest rival in the Rugby Championship

The All Blacks were dethroned from the top spot in the World Rugby rankings following a 31-29 loss to the Springboks in what was an electrifying match throughout the 80 minutes.

South Africa over the years became the most complex challenge for New Zealand. From 2016 to the present, the results evolved in the Rugby Championship as the solidity in the game of the team that, currently, is commanded by Jacques Nienaber.

In 2015, Men in Black they came from winning the second World Cup in a row. A year later, at the southern hemisphere contest, the meeting between those led by Steve Hansen and Allister Coetzee it was a smooth win for New Zealand who won 41-14 on the outward journey in the oceanic country. Then the All blacks took a greater advantage on the African continent with a win of 57-15.

In 2017, the Springboks were thrashed in the first clash in a convincing way: 57-0. However, the advancement in the game came after the emotional blow received. They lost the second crossing of the championship, only by one point: 24-25.

For 2018, objective from to win to the All blacks it was getting closer. So it was. South Africa won to the Maori to address by 36-34. Despite this, in the next battle, New Zealand did his thing to defeat the South African team 32-30.

On the eve of the World Cup in Japan, the expectations were placed on South Africa and All Blacks, who would have Hansen as the last time in command of the team in this contest. At the Sky Stadium they were not achieved draw differences in a match that it was 16 per side. In 2020, there were no clashes because the Tri Nations was played without the South African team.

The Springboks had been enshrined in the World Cup. They were the top favorites for the southern hemisphere tournament. Nevertheless, New Zealand had just won the eight consecutive games they played in 2021 and there were nine with a 19-17 win over Nienaber’s team. But, on the last date of the Rugby Championship, both countries showed a game of absolute category that, finally, ended with a celebration of South Africa at the win it on the last ball by 31-29.

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