South Africa 26-10 New Zealand – All Blacks lose fifth Test in South Africa

South Africa
South Africa led the game from the eighth minute to the final.
South Africa (10) 26
Tries: Arendse, Le Roux Cons: Pollard 2 Pens: Pollard 3 Drop-goal Pollard
New Zealand (3) 10
Tries: Frizell Cons: Mo'unga Pens: J Barrett

New Zealand suffered their fifth defeat in six Tests, falling 26-10 to South Africa in Nelspruit's Rugby Championship opener.

Wing Kurt Lee Arendse was later sent away, but he crossed the line for his first attempt.

Handre Pollard kicked 19-3 in favour of the Springboks, but Shannon Frizell made up the difference with a late attempt.

As the All Blacks attempted to score another, substitute Willie le Roux scored in the penultimate game. Pollard converted.

Another disappointment is the first home defeat of Ireland in Test Series last month.

Arendse's international debut was a reward. The world champions dominated set-piece, breakdown and the match from the beginning. Faf de Klerk, scrum-half, was knocked out in the first minute.

Pollard's 16-point score from the tee further damaged the All Blacks, who recorded their biggest victory over southern hemisphere rivals in 28 years.

The Boks' only problem was Arendse's 75-minute sending off for a dangerous tackle.

Frizell's tardy response did not dampen the party atmosphere at Mbombela Stadium. Le Roux, however, gathered a ball and scampered clear to register a second South African attempt.

New Zealand was the underdogs when they entered the game, but their third loss in succession puts more pressure on Foster as head coach.

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