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Rugby-All Blacks hold on against South Africa to complete unbeaten series
October 7, 2017 / 5:26 PM / 2 months ago

Rugby-All Blacks hold on against South Africa to complete unbeaten series

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Oct 7 (Reuters) – - World champions New Zealand held off a spirited fight from hosts South Africa to complete their Rugby Championship campaign unbeaten after a 25-24 win at the end of a ferocious physical battle at Newlands on Saturday.

Each side scored three tries in a thrilling spectacle as South Africa restored some pride with a competitive display after being beaten by a record 57-0 scoreline in New Zealand last month.

New Zealand’s tries came from Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane and Damian McKenzie while Ross Cronje, Jean-Luc du Preez and Malcolm Marx scored for the home side.

New Zealand led 8-3 at the break after a bruising first half but were given a scare as Marx’s 79th-minute try, converted by Elton Jantjies, took the hosts to within a single point.

But they held on to finish the southern hemisphere championship with a 100 percent success rate for a second successive year. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Neville Dalton)

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