South Africa’s Stellar Performance in Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match

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Rugby World Cup : In a stunning display at Twickenham, South Africa defeated New Zealand 35-7 in a Rugby World Cup practice match, handing the All Blacks a record loss.

Historic Defeat for All Blacks : Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match

Never in their illustrious history have the All Blacks suffered such a significant defeat margin. The Springboks’ performance serves as a warning to their adversaries ahead of their Rugby World Cup title defense in France.

Key Players Stepping Up

Through the efforts of captain Siya Kolisi, winger Kurt-Lee Arendse, hooker Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, and flanker Kwagga Smith, South Africa managed to score five tries.

All Blacks Face Setbacks

After lock Scott Barrett received his second yellow card, the All Blacks were reduced to 14 players for the entire second half, equivalent to a red card. They found no answers to the Springboks’ intensity and set-piece dominance.

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The All Blacks’ replacement back Cam Roigard managed a consolation try. However, coach Ian Foster will be concerned about how his first-choice team was second-best in every aspect of the match.

The All Blacks are set to play their opening Rugby World Cup match against France in Paris on 9th September.

All Black’s Captain’s Reaction

Sam Cane, the All Blacks captain, expressed, “We are genuinely disappointed with the way we performed, but full credit should be given to the way the Springboks played.”

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“They were dominant in all aspects, and our discipline let us down. Their superiority in the scrums, mauls, and line-outs made it difficult for us to gain any momentum.”

Although the All Blacks have lost by 21 points to the Wallabies twice, the outcome against the Springboks won’t necessarily ring alarm bells. Still, it was an unusually lackluster performance.

Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match Highlights :

The tone was set early as the All Blacks conceded the first eight penalties and were pinned in their half. The Springboks dominated in the scrums and line-outs, and they were denied twice at the All Blacks’ line before scoring their first try.

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Kolisi powered his way through close range, while Arendse’s swift feet got him past the All Blacks’ 22, quickly advancing to score under the posts for a 14-0 halftime lead.

The Springboks’ three tries in the second half came from line-outs as they carved their way through a fragile All Blacks defense struggling with their numerical disadvantage.

Kolisi shared, “We had nothing to hide playing in front of 82,000 people at Twickenham.”

“We knew it had to start with the forwards, but we also know the hard work starts now. We have the Rugby World Cup to defend in France.”

Looking Forward

The Springboks will play against Scotland in their opening Rugby World Cup match on 11th September.