Rugby Championship: South Africa 15-57 New Zealand

TJ Perenara

TJ Perenara has scored three tries in 24 appearances for the All Blacks

New Zealand inflicted South Africa’s heaviest home defeat as they equalled their own record of 17 straight Test wins with a 57-15 rout in Durban.

The All Blacks ran in nine tries with TJ Perenara, in for Aaron Smith after he was dropped for meeting a woman in a toilet cubicle, scoring twice.

New Zealand’s victory completes a clean sweep in the Rugby Championship.

The world champions will set a new Test record for successive wins if they beat Australia in Auckland on 22 October.


The King’s Park scoreboard registers New Zealand’s highest ever score against the Springboks, bettering the 55 points they scored in a 1997 victory

New Zealand’s current run began in the wake of a 27-19 loss to the Wallabies in Sydney in August 2015.

But few will bet on their trans-Tasman rivals denying them a piece of history given the All Blacks’ imperious form when they meet in the third and final Bledisloe Cup match of the season in a fortnight.

The visitors led by a slender 12-9 at the interval, with fly-half Beauden Barrett struggling to find his kicking range and his team-mates having been uncharacteristically wasteful after creating openings.

But Steven Hansen’s men roared clear in the second half with Barrett and winger Israel Dagg joining Perenara in crossing twice.

Australia meet Argentina at London’s Twickenham Stadium on Saturday evening in the first Rugby Championship match to be staged in the northern hemisphere and the final fixture of this season’s competition.

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