ALL BLACKS MAGIC

Finally after a run of poor performances the All Blacks rediscovered their mojo and produced an outstanding performance to beat the Springboks 35-23 in front of a packed house at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

Gone was the disorganised and error riddled back play, dodgy scrum and suspect breakdown work.

Instead the All Blacks were on the front foot right from the start highlighted by a brilliant team try to skipper Sam Cane and standout performance through the team starting with the young and inexperienced front rowers.

Caleb Clarke on the charge..

The performance and result was a triumph for head coach Ian Foster and skipper Cane, both having come under intense scrutiny over recent weeks over their suitability to do the job.

Ardie Savea - inspiring and likely future captain.

That decision, at least the decision to retain Foster had not been made at the time of writing and you have to feel for the head coach, effectively being hung out to dry by New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson.

Crusaders champion Scott Robertson is favoured by a big majority to replace Foster but whoever ends up doing the job they’ve now certainly got something to work with after that outstanding performance.

Player of the Match -Rieko Ioane

Former Marlborough and King Country loose-forward Greg Brimble, our regular rugby comments man, joins us from his home town of Nowra on the New South Wales coast to discuss last weekend’s brilliant test and the ongoing controversy about who will or won’t coach the All Blacks into next year’s World Cup in France.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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