Beauden Barrett All Blacks begin quest for third-straight World Cup by beating Springboks

Beauden Barrett All Blacks begin quest for third-straight World Cup by beating Springboks

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September 21, 2019 22:44:19

Four minutes of first-half brilliance led an otherwise unconvincing New Zealand to a 23-13 victory over South Africa in a clash between two Rugby World Cup favourites that never quite lived up to its billing in Yokohama.

Beauden Barrett Key points:

  • Two tries in the first half helped the All Blacks establish a 17-3 lead at half-time
  • The Springboks launched a fight-back in the second term to briefly close the gap on the scoreboard to four points
  • The win almost assures the All Blacks of topping Pool B, with Canada, Namibia and Italy their remaining opponents

Earlier, Camille Lopez sent a drop goal looping just over the crossbar 10 minutes from time to give France a 23-21 victory over Argentina in a thrilling climax to a Pool C clash at Tokyo Stadium.

Having wrestled the Rugby Championship from their rivals last month, the Springboks pinned a scrappy All Blacks outfit back for 20 minutes but —with only three points to show for it — they were left stunned by two scintillating team tries from winger George Bridge and lock Scott Barrett.

A Pieter Steph du Toit try, moments after a stunning Cheslin Kolbe break, got South Africa right back in the match after half-time. Handre Pollard cut the deficit to four points with a drop goal but penalties from Richie Mo’un

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