The New Zealand rugby team had two defeats in a row against Ireland in July, in two “friendly” matches. She suffered a third consecutive Saturday, August 6: the All Blacks lost to South Africa, 26 to 10, in Mbombela, at the opening of the Rugby Championship, a competition bringing together the nations of the southern hemisphere.
The Springboks scored a half-time try, fly-half Handré Pollard kicking all the other points for the hosts. The All Blacks, completely dominated, did not respond only by a weakness of Jordie Barrett just before half-time and a try at the very end of the match when South Africa were reduced to 14 after the exclusion of Kurt – Lee Arendse for dangerous play.
The All Blacks now total five defeats in six games and are in fourth place in the world. If this situation arouses a wave of criticism in the country, coach Ian Foster is still in office. The New Zealand federation has just announced, at the end of July after the two defeats against Ireland (23-12 and 32-22) – a first in the history between these two nations -, the dismissal of assistant coaches John Plumtree and Brad Mooar.