All Blacks, Springboks get credit for amazing Test

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    08 Oct 2017     Getty Images

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Sunday Times (Johannesburg): "Heartbreak. Absolute heartbreak. Never has a side deserved to win a Test more than the Springboks did yesterday, yet somehow they came out on the wrong end of the result because they were up against the most ruthless team in the history of the sport.

"Two critical mistakes – a charged down kick and an intercept – led to tries for the All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty and wing Rieko Ioane. Those were the difference…The difference on the day was marginal and came down to a couple of errors and the All Blacks' composure under pressure."

Nick Mallett, SuperSport: "If you can't be entertained by a game of rugby like that and don't feel admiration for all those players on the field and the referee – who I thought had a great game – then I don't know. It was just a wonderful experience.

"This Springbok side got off the canvas and produced a magnificent performance. We have to give credit to the All Blacks for playing away from home against a team that is fighting for their lives and yet they still find a way to win. It is incredibly irritating, but they are just a great, great rugby team."

Gavin Rich, SuperSport: "Several years ago it would have been unimaginable for the Boks to be cheered by their supporters for losing by one point to their oldest foe, but the ovation they got at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday was deserved.

"A better bounce of the ball here or there and some kinder luck could have seen them pull off one of the most astounding turnarounds in international rugby history following the thumping they received in New Zealand three weeks ago…

"It might sound unkind on All Black fullback Damian McKenzie to suggest his run off a cross-field move from replacement David Havili was a soft try, but in reality the Boks should not have allowed it to happen.

"McKenzie scythed past first one defender and then another and the next thing he was scoring in the corner after receiving the ball near halfway.

"That's the All Blacks for you. They have a tendency to pull a rabbit out of the hat when they most need it, and boy did they need it on this day, with travel fatigue coupled with a ferocious, physical and passionate Bok onslaught combining to make this match one of their more significant challenges in a busy year for the world champions."

The Sunday Times (London): "South Africa restored their pride and reputation with three tries and a defiant defensive performance, but it was the brilliance of New Zealand's ability to counter-attack with such devastating effect that saw the visitors prevail – albeit by the skin of their teeth…

"Although the Springboks hung in throughout, New Zealand's handling and offloading was different class. They never took the easy option, making line breaks off first phase, and always looking to go for the jugular."

The Sunday Telegraph (London): "Only in the final ten minutes did New Zealand really do enough to secure the result, Damian McKenzies try in the corner and resulting conversion coming minutes before South Africa lost Damien de Allende to a red care for a late forearm charge on Lima Sopoaga…For nearly every blistering counter-attack by the All Blacks there was a Springbok turnover to match it, usually by [Malcolm] Marx, emulating the great performances in recent times of his predecessor Bismarck du Plessis."