South Africa vs New Zealand LIVE: Latest score and updates from Rugby Championship as Springboks cut All Blacks lead

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New Zealand battle South Africa in the Rugby Championship in pursuit of resurgence after a brutal period under Ian Foster. It’s been five Test defeats in six, while the All Blacks were treated to a 26-10 pummelling from the Springboks last week in Mbombela, heightening the pressure for this Test in Johannesburg. It represented the biggest win for the Boks over their southern hemisphere rivals since 1928.

The All Blacks have plummetted to fifth in the world rankings, with a demoralizing first home Test series loss since 1994 after Ireland’s sensational triumph last month. Another loss could spark a coaching change, and with 13 months until the World Cup, there is great urgency to rediscover the edge that made New Zealand one of the most dominant forces in sport.

“We know there’s a lot of pressure on, and we’re feeling that,” Foster said. “But our job is to look at our performance and how we can grow it. I understand the frustration, but that doesn’t change what we have to do here. There’s no point sulking about it for too long.” Follow all the build-up and action from what promises to be a compelling Test match below:


YELLOW CARD! South Africa 20-21 New Zealand

Beauden Barrett is into the sin bin and Pollard has a penalty close to goal!


South Africa 20-21 New Zealand

65 mins: Le Roux’s kick gets South Africa up to halfway, Am makes another charging run on the right, before South Africa find Mapimpi in space on the right!

But there’s a huge turnover from New Zealand, however, South Africa get it back as the All Blacks spill the ball.

It dropped to Jaden Hendrikse and he kicked it on, only to be taken out by Beauden Barrett…


South Africa 20-21 New Zealand

62 mins: Etzebeth is down with an injury, which gives us all a moment to catch our breath. What a match this has been and we are set for a thrilling conclusion.

The noise in the stadium is special.


South Africa 20-21 New Zealand

61 mins: And another stunning kick from Pollard.


TRY! South Africa 18-21 New Zealand (MAPIMPI)

Extraordinary from the Springbok wing, he’s unstoppable! South Africa work it wide and once they got the ball in his hands, there was nothing the All Blacks could do!


South Africa 13-21 New Zealand (MO’UNGA pen)

Huge turning point. An eight-point swing and New Zealand lead by that margin.


NO TRY! South Africa 13-18 New Zealand

Pearce rules that there was obstruction from Hendrikse that helped/allowed Am to find the gap to burst clear.

And instead, New Zealand will have a penalty inside the South Africa half!


TRY! South Africa 18-18 New Zealand

Lukhanyo Am are you kidding?! The Springbok runs the length of the field, spinning through tackles, before launching a wide pass out to Mapimpi for the try.

But wait… this is being checked…


South Africa 13-18 New Zealand

56 mins: Brilliant defense from New Zealand! Marx found Mostert again from the line-out and then Jaden Hendrikse switched play to the right. Willemse and Pollard had runs up the middle but New Zealand stood strong and then found the turnover!


South Africa 13-18 New Zealand

54 mins: New Zealand get penalized for collapsing the maul and South Africa keep it in the corner with another lineout…

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