All Blacks completes Rugby Championship campaign with a 100% record

All Blacks completes Rugby Championship campaign with a 100% record

The All Blacks win at Newlands was also their fifth win in their last six Tests in South Africa.

They will consider themselves unlikely not to come out as victors as they were compromised by an unfair red card to replacement Damien de Allende. "They always turn up when we play them in this country".

The 57-0 win in the Auckland suburb of Albany last month was a record defeat for South Africa, whose primary concern will be proving more competitive than they were at the North Harbour Stadium on September 16. The difference was the All Blacks' ability to seize game-changing chances.

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith; 1 Kane Hames, 2 Dane Coles, 3 Nepo Laulala, 4 Sam Whitelock, 5 Scott Barrett, 6 Liam Squire, 7 Sam Cane, 8 Kieran Read (c).

"We've not had as much time on the field this week but it's all about energizing everyone and getting the zest back", Crotty said on Thursday.

The champs also came through after losing playmaker Beauden Barrett to a head knock midway through the first half, and risky winger Nehe Milner-Skudder to a dislocated right shoulder at the end of the half.

"Some of our younger players have not been in that situation before - that when it is tough you have to find a way".

South Africa, with perseverance and grit, took the lead early in the second half through Cronje's quick thinking to dot down against the post padding.

South Africa responded again with a bust by Marx, who put Du Preez clear. It comes individually, we each need to do what we need to do to be ready for kick off.

"Obviously I'm pleased any time we win - it's easier on the ticker when you win 57-0 - but it gives you greater pleasure when it's a real contest, and both sides played well tonight", Hansen told a media conference.

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