Saturday, August 6, 2011

All Blacks 40 - Springboks 7

All Blacks rout spineless Springboks

Richie McCaw of the All Blacks fends off CJ Van Der Linde of the Springboks during the Tri-Nations match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South African Springboks at Westpac Stadium on July 30, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.
( July 29, 2011 - Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
A sublime display from first five-eighth Daniel Carter helped New Zealand to a crush a weakened South Africa 40-7 in their Tri-nations test in Wellington tonight.
Carter, starting his first international match of the season after coming off the bench last week against Fiji, had an off night with his goalkicking, landing just half of his eight attempts but otherwise pulled the strings with aplomb as the All Blacks scored six tries to one to run out comfortable victors.
The Springboks, who left 21 players at home to recover from injuries, offered little in the way of an attacking threat and despite the urging of captain John Smit, had no answer for the hosts.
It was a night of firsts for the All Blacks, not just with the unveiling of a refurbished playing strip, but prop Wyatt Crockett and wing Zac Guildford crossed for their first test tries.
Read the whole thing here with video and photos:
Next Test:
NZ v Aus
Eden Park