New Zealand blitz South Africa in heavyweight encounter

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Richie Mo’unga of New Zealand iduring the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between New Zealand and South Africa. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

New Zealand’s first-half blitz was enough to see off a spirited South African side in the Pool B opener.

Two tries in quick succession gave the All Blacks a 17-3 half-time advantage, and although Rassie Erasmus’ Springboks side battled gamely in the second half, New Zealand held on for the win through a tense final twenty minutes.

Both sides showed enough promise to live up to their billing as favourites to claim the Webb Ellis trophy. South Africa responded well after half-time to reduce the gap to just four points after an opportunistic try and the second drop-goal of today’s Rugby World Cup action.

You can see all the match info in the below interactive graphic.


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