SA stunned as All Blacks storm to a clean sweep.
NEW Zealand produced a prolific attacking display to seal a clean sweep in the Rugby Championship with a nine-try, 57-15 victory over South Africa in Durban.
The world champions denied their opponents a try in achieving their 17th successive win - the record for the most victories in a row by a tier one nation - a feat they have managed before in 1965-1969 and 2013-2014.
The match was close at halftime when New Zealand's lead was a slender three points at 12-9, but they then blew their opponents away.
After Israel Dagg and TJ Perenara's first-half tries, both crossed again as seven more followed, with Beauden Barrett also bagging two before late scores for Codie Taylor, Ben Smith and Liam Squire.
Barrett, having an off-day with his goal-kicking but not his other play, landed three conversions before Lima Sopoaga took on the duties and scored three of his own.
Morne Steyn kicked South Africa into a 6-0 lead with two early penalties but Dagg quickly hit back with a 22nd-minute try after being released by Jerome Kaino's superb pass.
Steyn soon kicked a third penalty only for Perenara, who was Smith's replacement at scrum-half, to score with the TMO confirming the grounding despite the ball bobbling around.
The All Blacks hit the accelerator in the 44th minute when Barrett's offload from the floor rewarded a period of pressure.
Steyn kicked two more penalties either side of Barrett scoring his first by grounding after a charge-down. Perenara then claimed his second, finishing after Barrett put Kieran Read into space, and Barrett did likewise under the posts with the TMO confirming there was no knock-on in the build-up.
With the Springboks' Lood de Jager sin-binned for a shoulder charge, Taylor was the man to emerge from under a rolling maul for the seventh try.
At Twickenham, in the first southern hemisphere Championship match to be played in the north, Australia beat Argentina 33-21.
Samu Kerevi's try brace and scores from Dean Mumm and Adam Coleman saw Australia home, despite yellow cards for Coleman and Michael Hooper.
"I just want to have a bit more edge around everything," said coach Michael Cheika afterwards.
"We need to start chasing what we want out of a game a little bit harder."
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Oct 10, 2016|
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