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New Zealand flanker Shannon Frizell (right) is tackled by South Africa’s Herschel Jantjies. (AFP pic)

WELLINGTON: Coach Rassie Erasmus said South Africa were “lucky in a big way” after a last-gasp try by scrum-half Herschel Jantjies snatched a thrilling 16-16 draw with world title-holders New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

The dress-rehearsal for their highly anticipated World Cup opener didn’t disappoint as the Springboks were on top in the first half but fell away in the second until Jantjies’ crucial score at the death.

“For the first 35 minutes, we played really well. In the second half I think they totally dominated except the last minute,” Erasmus said.

“So, fairly lucky in a big way.”

Although the All Blacks were outplayed for most of the first half in Wellington they still managed to turn with a 7-6 lead, scoring their only try of the game just before the break.

But while they took control in the second half they were restricted to penalties as they built a 16-9 lead.

Then, in a reversal of the first half, the game

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