All Blacks squeeze past Springboks 25-24 for clean sweep

Caleb Timi crashes through a tackle

South Africa did not help their cause by conceding an intercept score to Rieko Ioane, while a positive display in defeat was soured at the end by the late dismissal of Damian de Allende for an elbow.

Whitelock, Cane, Squire and Crotty all come back into the starting line-up for the big clash in Cape Town, live on Sky Sports, with the team essentially the same one that destroyed the Springboks 57-0 in Auckland last month.

"I think we did enough to win the game, there were just two points needed for us to get over the line", said Coetzee. The difference was the All Blacks' ability to seize game-changing chances.

The performance had many observers wondering why the Springboks have not played that way in their earlier matches this year.

'What we saw tonight was if everyone is in the right mindset the Boks are a very good team.

Since winning the World Cup in 2015, New Zealand have amassed 19 wins, one draw and two losses- to the Irish in the US and the second Lions test in Wellington on July 1.


New Zealand led 8-3 at the break after a bruising first half but were given a scare as Marx's 79th-minute try, converted by Elton Jantjies, took the hosts to within a single point. "So winning these kind of games is probably more satisfying", Hansen said.

'This year's been a great year for us, ' Hansen said after the 25-24 win against South Africa at Newlands ensured the world champions maintained their southern hemisphere domination.

Coetzee will now switch his focus to South Africa's tour of Europe in November and December, when they play Tests against Ireland, France, Italy and Wales.

The result in Mendoza meant Australia overtook South Africa into second behind New Zealand, while Argentina finished bottom of the table.

"It'll give our younger players who haven't been in that situation before a little bit of belief that even though it's tough, you can find a way", Hansen said.

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