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  • Dagg, Smith,
    Penalty goals: Cruden (3),
    Conversions: Cruden,
21 - 11

South Africa

  • Habana,
    Penalty goals: Goosen, Steyn,

New Zealand v South Africa - Live

Last updated: 15th September 2012  

Penalty80 CRUDEN PENALTY! 21-11! It's Greyling again. He has hands in a ruck following Cruden having struck the post with a long-range penalty...so up steps the ten again...this time he gets it. New Zealand make it four wins from four. Thanks for watching!

78 New Zealand are camped on their own line after Cruden is charged down in his own in-goal. Scrum five metres out for NZ...and they do well with first Read picking and then Dagg clearing superbly to touch. Is that the final Bok storm weathered under this roof?

Penalty75 CRUDEN PENALTY! 18-11! It's a tough call on flanker Louw as he is penalised for hands at the breakdown in a decision that could have gone the other way. So crucially it's a seven-point margin as Lambie and Liebenberg come on. Greyling re-enters.

72 South Africa are surely sensing victory here as they drive the maul to about 30 metres of the New Zealand line. Goosen is sat in the pocket...but instead Clancy has penalised a Bok for not releasing on the ground. A welcome reprieve for the All Blacks.

Penalty70 GOOSEN PENALTY! 15-11! Spot on this time. Top kick.

68 Now it's the turn of South Africa to receive a penalty and Goosen will line this up from a long way out...just short. The missed points are racking up for the Boks now.

66 Greyling is likely to be cited for that as he piled straight into McCaw with a bit of head and then went again with his elbow. Another penalty is coming now too as Habana is penalised on the ground. Cruden misses this one from near the left touchline though.

Yellow Card64 GREYLING YELLOW! F Steyn has just done well to break the line but all his work has been undone by Greyling, who is carded for going off his feet.

Conversion61 CRUDEN CONVERSION! 15-8! Two more to the tally.

TRY60 A SMITH TRY! 13-8! Excellent from the replacement scrum-half as he breaks the line and steps the last man. Could that be the start of an All Black canter..?

59 It has been a flat third 20 minutes here with plenty of kicking not helping matters. Ah, here comes Goosen for M Steyn as New Zealand look to attack from 30 out.

57 South Africa scrum about 40 metres from their own line before Pienaar puts boot to ball. There will be some happy Springbok fans as television pictures show Goosen warming up on the touchline. It looks like Marcell Coetzee is also being readied for them.

54 Kruger is off for Andries Bekker.

Penalty53 CRUDEN PENALTY! 8-8! The Chief makes no mistake.

51 On comes Dean Greyling for the Beast while Keven Mealamu is on at hooker for New Zealand. Greyling's first act, giving away a penalty at the breakdown.

50 Another kick missed by M Steyn.

TRY49 HABANA TRY! 5-8! Oh my word. Habana has just sliced through the line from a line-out move, chipped over the top and regathered for the corner. Superb.

46 Dagg rises to claim a high tester on halfway before Nonu kicks out of hand - we don't that often - and it's a good one that bounces into touch 30 metres out.

43 Kirchner has a long-range drop-goal that falls short and now the All Blacks get up to halfway and have a penalty for hands in the ruck. Cruden puts it out but the line-out is overthrown so away come the Springboks. Bit of a sloppy opening to the half.

Second-half Welcome back. Aaron Smith is on for Weepu while the Boks haven't made any changes to their team. Lambie and Goosen must be getting itchy feet.

40 Tony Woodcock has taken out the Beast at a line-out so the last play of the half will be an M Steyn penalty attempt from 35 out. He has missed again, and it's a bad miss! How long before either Pat Lambie or Johan Goosen comes on? See you in ten minutes.

39 Cruden has missed his touch here and that won't please his captain and coach as the Boks pepper the All Blacks via the airborne route. Finally, Jane finds touch.

36 World class from Dagg. Under pressure as he slipped in his own 22, the full-back stepped two players and then clear up to halfway. Outstanding from the 'Sader.

34 Oh dear, now it is M Steyn missing a relatively simple shot from the left. That strikes the outside of the post as he shakes his head en route back to his position.

31 58 metre penalty attempt from F Steyn...just short.

29 New Zealand are chancing their arm here as Nonu runs well on the right wing before Hore takes it up on the opposite side. However, nothing comes of that passage and in the end they kick downfield, with F Steyn deciding nothing is on boots the ball into touch.

26 All Blacks ball on the away 22 but that is great work from Kruger, who locks the ball up off the ground to force the turnover. Good work from the second-row.

23 Another breakdown penalty has been blown for so up steps M Steyn from about 45...that has gone to the right so it's a game total of 1 kick from 4 today so far.

20 The conversion has been missed by Cruden.

TRY19 DAGG TRY! 5-3! They woke the beast. Beautiful offloads from Whitelock and Read allows Izzy Dagg to put his foot to the floor and score in the corner.

Penalty18 M STEYN PENALTY! 0-3! South Africa are on the board.

16 Nothing doing for the All Blacks as it's in fact the Springboks motoring upfield now via a driving maul. Still 0-0 in Dunedin in what's been an absorbing opening.

13 Now Van der Merwe is penalised for entering a ruck incorrectly so here is a rare chance for the All Blacks for field position and some ball. Quick conference and now we're ready for the line-out. It's McCaw, stood with the backs, running it up to the 22.

10 Excellent work from Habana at the breakdown leads to a penalty shot from Frans Steyn. It's about 50 metres on the angle...that's gone to the left of the posts.

8 New Zealand come away from that passage unscathed then but they are still defending about 35 metres from their own line. The Springboks will be more than happy with their start, if not that recent mishap as they look to be winning the early physical battle.

5 What about this? Francois Hougaard has hacked downfield and there are numbers aplenty to the right here for the Boks. No, they butcher that one as Bryan Habana can't hold it on the wing. Great scrambling work that from New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

3 Conrad Smith is prominent early on with ball in hand but that is poor from Piri Weepu, who chips over the top directly into the hands of Zane Kirchner. Waste.

Kick-off Here we go with Aaron Cruden kicking to his right. The Boks have it..and up it goes from Ruan Pienaar, with Cory Jane rising to claim it on his ten-metre.

Ready? Anthems are done, now for the haka. Kick-off is coming up.

Team news New Zealand bring in Piri Weepu, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam and Andrew Hore for this one while South Africa have called up Flip van der Merwe and Francois Louw for Eben Etzebeth and Marcell Coetzee. The Boks persist with Morne Steyn at 10.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for a titanic clash between the All Blacks and Springboks. South Africa are at something of a crossroads right now after disappointing showings against Argentina and Australia while New Zealand are three from three in the Rugby Championship. One winner then? Let us see.

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