All Blacks squeeze past Springboks 25-24 for clean sweep

Steve Hansen says his South Africa counterpart is playing mind games

Steve Hansen says his South Africa counterpart is playing mind games

Whitelock, Cane, Squire and Crotty all slotted back into the starting lineup for tomorrow's clash in Cape Town, with the team essentially the same one that destroyed the Springboks 57-0 in Auckland last month.

New Zealand's tries came from Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane and Damian McKenzie while Ross Cronje, Jean-Luc du Preez and Malcolm Marx scored for the home side.

"He's going to play a lot of five-eighth, I'd suggest, for the Chiefs with Cruden gone", Hansen said earlier this week of the youngster, drawing comparisons with All Black great Dan Carter.

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LSU opened the second half with a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by Etling's touchdown pass to Carter. The game was initially scheduled to be played in Gainesville, but was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.

"Losing your most experienced player is not ideal, but family comes first in our caring environment", Coetzee told a news conference on Thursday.

The decision to select his strongest available side highlighted Hansen's desire for the team to continue to build on their performances. Argentina did not win a match in their six outings. They don't seem to have any weak areas, so we will have to show that we've learnt from our experience in Albany.

"The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks. But working for the mate next to you; that is something you can not coach and that makes me so proud to see how they play for each other".

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Rebels sophomore QB Shea Patterson topped 300 yards passing for the fourth time in five games this season. Stidham has a tendency to throw the ball up for grabs at times. "I told them I wanted the second half".

New Zealand effectively sealed the result at 25-17 when Lima Sopoaga slotted a 77th-minute penalty goal - after Damian de Allende was farcically red-carded for a late and high challenge on the Highlanders flyhalf as he attempted a drop goal.

"We had them under pressure at times, but you can not give the ball away against New Zealand", Coetzee added.

The Springboks scored a converted try with two minutes remaining to make it a one point game but despite having possession from the kick-off the Boks couldn't fashion a dramatic last minute score.

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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.

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