Sport by Press Association 21/09/2019, 2:39 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The 2019 Rugby World Cup’s opening ‘Super Saturday’ lived up to its billing. Defending champions New Zealand produced a determined win over South Africa in Yokohama, while Australia survived a scare to beat Fiji and France held off a rousing second-half fightback from Argentina. Here, the PA news agency wraps up all the action from September 21 and takes a look at the next set of games. All Blacks up and running New Zealand laid down a marker in the hunt for a record third straight World Cup crown by grinding past South Africa 23-13 in Yokohama. The Springboks had made the most of a bright start to take an early lead through Handre Pollard’s penalty. However, the All Blacks were soon on level terms, before two quick tries from George Bridge and Scott Barrett, converted by Richie Mo’unga, saw them 17-3 in front. South Africa rallied with … [Read more...] about Day two at the Rugby World Cup: New Zealand edge South Africa
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Issued on: 21/09/2019 - 14:48 Tokyo (AFP) Five things we learned from New Zealand's 23-13 victory over South Africa in their opening World Cup Pool B match at the International Stadium in Yokohama on Saturday:- Don't believe the hype -All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has chuckled openly in past week about repeated stories saying his side were over the hill after losses in the past year to Ireland, South Africa and Australia.Hansen maintained that winning a record third consecutive World Cup is what he was building towards and the defeats were secondary issues.On this opening World Cup performance, even South African coach Rassie Erasmus conceded the New Zealanders were clear favourites to win again.- It's an 80-minute game -South Africa trailed 3-17 at half-time and clawed their way back to 13-17 with 20 minutes remaining.But when it looked like they could hit the lead, the All Blacks' extreme fitness came to the fore as the took charge for most of the final quarter and rebuilt the lead … [Read more...] about Five things we learned from New Zealand v South Africa
To end a sensational Saturday that kicked the 2019 Rugby World Cup right into life, the game that needs no introduction lived up to the hype. Three-time Champions New Zealand saw off two-time Champions South Africa 23-13 to stretch their winning run at World Cups to 15 matches across 12 years. South Africa have much to commend them, but make no mistake: New Zealand remain the team to beat. Across Tokyo in the afternoon, France and Argentina had played like two teams who knew they had to win to get through to the quarter-finals. New Zealand and South Africa, meanwhile, played with the freedom of two teams who know they are the best in the world, and are going to breeze into the knockouts in one order or another. Do not bet against them meeting at this stadium in exactly six weeks’ time for the final – indeed someone will have to produce something special to prevent it. There was scintillating sprinting out wide from the fizzing Sevu Reece and Cheslin Kolbe in a … [Read more...] about New Zealand begin defence with impressive win over South Africa
Four minutes of first-half brilliance led an otherwise unconvincing New Zealand to a 23-13 victory over South Africa in a clash between two World Cup favourites on Saturday that never quite lived up to its billing. Having wrestled the Rugby Championship from their rivals last month, South Africa pinned a scrappy New Zealand back for 20 minutes but with only three points to show for it, the Springboks were left stunned by two scintillating team tries from George Bridge and Scott Barrett. A Pieter Steph du Toit try, moments after a stunning Cheslin Kolbe break, got South Africa right back in the match after halftime. Handre Pollard cut the deficit to four points with a drop goal but penalties from Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett consigned South Africa to their first defeat of 2019. The All Blacks, who have an 11-day break before their next game against Canada, should easily go on to top Pool B and hope for an easier quarter-final as a result. South Africa next face … [Read more...] about Two sparks of brilliance see New Zealand past South Africa
It's the blue riband clash of the pool stages and could well be repeated in Yokohama City on November 2 in the World Cup final. So World Rugby chiefs have pulled in referee befitting such a big occasion when Jerome Garces takes charge of the All Blacks and South Africa showdown in Yokohama City. With the clock ticking down on the 26-year rugby career of the Frenchman, who started out life building helicopters, he's hoping there's less turbulence in Japan than the infamous 2015 Six Nations tunnel stand-off in Cardiff featuring Wales and England. Because to date that remains his most stressful moment in the game. He told RugbyPass: “The English knew that the Welsh used to let their opponents enter the Millennium first, to let them have a few minutes alone in front of the public. “That day, captain Chris Robshaw refused to get out of the tunnel until the Welsh came with them… I did not expect that at all. “When you prepare a match, you imagine … [Read more...] about Who is New Zealand v South Africa referee Jerome Garces?