9 Oct 2016

All Blacks beat Springboks 57-15 in record win

10:19 am on 9 October 2016

The All Blacks have beaten South Africa 57-15 in their final Rugby Championship match in Durban this morning to equal the record of consecutive test wins by a top-tier nation.

All Black Ben Smith breaks free of Juan de Jongh in record win

All Black Ben Smith breaks free of Juan de Jongh in record win Photo: Photosport

The bonus-point victory is New Zealand's 17th in a row and matches the record jointly held by the 1965-69 and 2013-14 All Blacks, and the 1997-98 South Africans.

It is also New Zealand's biggest-ever win in 93 tests against the Springboks.

Look back at how the match unfolded here.

The All Blacks ran in nine tries to the Springboks none, with five of those coming in the final 20 minutes of the match.

TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett and Israel Dagg all crossed the try line twice, while Codie Taylor, Ben Smith and Liam Squire all scored one in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Despite being try-less, the Springboks were still in the match at the 60 minute mark, with Morne Steyn kicking five penalties for the hosts.

They were just 3 points behind the All Blacks at half-time, with the score 12-9 in a messy first half, but New Zealand ran amok after the break, keeping the ball in hand relentlessly and finding holes through an attacking style which was audacious but remarkably error-free.

The All Blacks showed no signs of any distraction from the midweek controversy surrounding halfback Aaron Smith, who chose to return home after being suspended for a tryst with a woman in a disabled toilet while with the team at Christchurch Airport.


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