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Old 07-12-2008, 11:17 AM   #1
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All Blacks miserable 28 - South Africa magnificient 30

South Africa turned history upside down and affirmed their world rugby champion credentials with a breathtaking 30-28 Tri-Nations defeat of the All Blacks in Dunedin tonight.

The Springboks snatched victory with a brilliant solo try to Ricky Januarie four minutes from the end when they were down to 14 men and it was fitting that the feisty halfback should kick the ball into touch in the final act as he was the game's standout player.

He was hugged by his adjacent reserve bench teammates, all fully aware of what they had achieved.

Defeat means the All Blacks' world record run of home victories comes to an end at 30 while the South Africans end a decade of losses in New Zealand. It was also their first win at Carisbrook in eight visits.

A much more hardened Springboks pack shaded the forward battle and they deserved to win after showing vast improvement from last week's 8-19 loss at Wellington.

As with that game, it appeared the deadly goalkicking boot of All Blacks first five-eighth Carter would prove the difference but Januarie's effort gave them a two-try-to-one advantage.

His team trailing 23-28, he darted from a ruck 40m out and chipped past replacement fullback Leon MacDonald, regathered and swan dived over. A calm replacement centre Francois Steyn slotted the conversion to hit the front.

The visitors then defended with resilience, watching one dropped goal attempt from Daniel Carter sail wide and charging down the other.

Carter could hardly be blamed for the defeat, having another controlled display and scoring 23 points via seven from seven goal kicks and a dropped goal.

Both teams tried to play with pace but the match was largely dominated by the whistle of Australian referee Matt Goddard, who was hard on anything that resembled foul play and kept an eagle eye on the breakdown.

The Springboks led 17-15 at halftime but it seemed it may not be enough after playing into the wind.

Human dynamo Schalk Burger was at the forefront of another vigorous forward effort, making countless heavy tackles.

The Springboks lineout operated like clockwork, their scrum was much improved from last week and their better kicking game allowed them to play with more structure.

The All Blacks were left with a very inexperienced tight five after lock Ali Williams left the game with a head injury. He clashed heads with Burger in the 15th minute and played on before succumbing.

Kevin O'Neill replaced him to make his test debut, joining first test-starting lock Anthony Boric.

Carter had the All Blacks 6-0 up inside 10 minutes with two penalties, the first from a marginal head high tackle by Burger, an area in which Goddard was particularly sensitive.

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Next step for the Springboks - Australia in Perth next weekend!

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