South Africa have beaten the All Blacks to regain their world number one status after a dramatic game for the ages.
It was a match that left viewers in awe as the lead changed hand four times in the final five remarkable minutes.
The Springboks eventually snatched a 31-29 victory with the final kick of the game, denying New Zealand a Rugby Championship clean sweep.
It was certainly the rugby Test match of the year, with Wales legend Jonathan Davies saying it had restored his faith in the game after the awful summer Lions series.
Both teams played at a sublime level, with fans blown away by the skill, pace and intensity of what they witnessed.
An early assist from the Gods by Lukhanyo Am had viewers drooling as his round-the-back pass put Sbu Nkosi in enough space to find Damian De Allende for a simple score in the right corner.
The stunning piece of skill was described as ‘ridiculous’ and the ‘assist of the year’ as fans pointed to it as proof the Springboks are far from a boring team.
The momentum of the match appeared to continually shift as the two teams traded blows, with the All Blacks scoring a wonder try of their own after Beauden Barrett’s stunning break and offload was supported by Rieko Ioane and try-scorer Ardie Savea.
The Boks took the upper hand in the second period, scoring another superb try that used the new 50:22 law to perfection.
Frans Steyn’s booming kick downfield resulted in an attacking lineout before a brutal driving maul and clinical execution saw Makazole Mapimpi dive over in the corner to make the score 25-20.
Jordie Barrett’s penalty reduced the deficit to just two points with less than 15 minutes on the clock, setting up a grandstand finale.
Another Barrett kick edged the All Blacks in front with five on the clock as commentators marvelled at “one of the all-time great Test matches” going down to the wire.
Seconds later, another shift, as Elton Jantjies smashed a ludicrously long drop goal to put the world champions ahead again.
It lasted barely a minute as, once again, the Boks were penalised and Barrett produced the goods again.
That looked to be that with New Zealand in possession heading into the final seconds. It wasn’t.
Duane Vermeulen’s incredible turnover gave the Boks possession as the Boks turned red and they kicked to touch to launch one final onslaught. Ten breathless seconds later and they had a penalty in front of the posts, which Jantjies duly converted to snatch a 31-29 win that ended their three-match losing streak.
It was a remarkable finale to a remarkable game.
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Publish date : 2021-10-02 12:39:32