It was a must win game for the Springboks as they have lost 7 of their last Tri-nations games over the past 2 years. The Boks started the game on a high with a 7th minute 52 metre penalty kick from Morne Steyn early in the first half. The Boks played with high intensity which resulted in a second penalty kick for Morne Steyn right in front of the poles and saw the Boks increase their lead in the twelfth minute to 6-0.
Although the Boks played at a high intensity rate the All Blacks managed to crack open their defensive line with a well-worked set-piece and some slick handling in the backline which resulted in a try by outside centre, Richard Kahui. The Boks stuck to their guns and put more pressure on the All Blacks and increased their lead to 9 points to 5. Late in the first half, Springbok flyhalf slotted in a drop goal that took the hosts into halftime with a 12-5 lead.
The All Blacks came out firing in the second half with a good breakdown the touchline by fullback Isreal Dagg which resulted in a try being disallowed by the Television Match Official (TMO). The Boks then settled things down by kicking two more penalty goals from the boot of Morne Steyn. Springbok coach said he was happy with his team’s performance and said it was a good morale-boosting performance leading into the World Cup next month, “I would have liked the guys to score more points but I am happy with their performance”. All Blacks coach blamed missed chances and handling errors which cost them the game, “We had 5 opportunities of scoring a try and we didn’t take them” said Graham Henry
The Springboks are expected to announce their world cup squad on Tuesday the 23rd of August.