Rugby Championship 2017: All Blacks vs Springboks - As it happened

All Blacks 57-0 Springboks

FULLTIME - What a complete performance from the men in black as they win a record win over their historic rivals. The All Blacks dominated throughout, and after an initial hiccup at scrum time, dominated that too. There was talk of when they would finally put together a full 80 minute performance and they have certainly done so tonight. The reaction in South Africa will be very interesting. 

80mins - TRY ALL BLACKS - No denying Codie Taylor this time! A dominate maul from the lineout leads to yet another five pointer. I've been a busy man tonight...

79mins - ABs win another penalty only a few metres out, what will they decide to do...?

78mins - And the kick is not out. Damian McKenzie now deemed to have gone high in a tackle and the Boks will look for touch

77mins - Another dominate scrum leads to a penalty for the All Blacks...

75mins - TRY ALL BLACKS - A sensational run from Anton Lienert-Brown as he bumps off Handre Pollard to go straight through before finding Lima Sopoaga who scores underneath the poles. A simple conversion and the lead is now 50...incredible

72mins - Boks with one of their highlights from the game, replacement Steven Kitshoff smashing an ABs player

71mins - Crockett wins a penalty now for the ABs, forcing his opposite to go down in the scrum

70mins - 30,021 in attendance tonight at QBE stadium. They've witnessed a masterclass from the All Blacks

69mins - The South African defence finally fronts up and forces the ABs to concede a penalty...they kick to touch

67mins - A Sopoaga grubber kick finds the touch-line and the Boks have a throw-in from their own 22m.

65mins - The All Blacks aren't done yet, they are putting the Boks defence under immense pressure

64mins - TRY ALL BLACKS - Ofa Tu'ungafasi rumbles over for his first test try! Brodie playing playmaker and feeds the prop the ball before he crosses the white line. The conversion is missed

63mins - No try! He's held up and the ABs have the put into the scrum... 

62mins - Replacement hooker Codie Taylor could be in for the All Blacks! Owens is consulting the touch judges...

62mins - A nothing kick leads to a mark claimed by Courtnall Skosan who hands it off to his fullback to clear

60mins - They are then penalised only 5m out for holding onto the ball long

59mins - Boks finally win a line-out! The change at hooker paying dividence...

58mins - Penatly now for the Boks. Handre Pollard, who has just replaced Elton Jantjies at first-five kicks for touch...

57mins - An Eben Etsebeth knock-on halts the play. Both teams making changes now

56mins - The Boks now making steady progress as the march up the field...

55mins - Raymond Rhule misses yet another tackle, Ioane has been all over him.

53mins - TRY ALL BLACKS - The right winger gets his second of the game after a long cut-out pass from Beauden Barrett, before finishing superbly in the right hand corner. Beaudie then misses his first kick of the evening.

51mins - The All Blacks could be in again! Nehe Milner-Skudder with the dive in the corner, they're going upstairs!

50mins - Penalty for New Zealand, Elton Janthies with a high tackle on an All Blacks player. They're kicking for touch, 5m out...

48mins - All Blacks lose the ball after a promising lineout drive. Boks clear, but McKenzie returns with interest and the visitors have a throw within their 5m line. 

47mins - Another penalty win for the ABs, Boks penalised again at scrum time. Black lineout 15m out from the try-line...

46mins - Dreyer and Crockett getting a telling off from Nigel Owens for their scrum antics.

46mins - A Sonny-Bill offload goes forward and now the Boks will put into the scrum

45mins - The ABs feed the ball into the scrum on the half-way line...

44mins - Boks ringing the changes as a bunch of big boys replace the big boys on the field...will they fare any better?

43mins - Beaudie with the 22 drop-out...

43mins - A brave man stares the cold temperatures down and runs onto the field and seems to have forgot his clothes.

42mins - Yet another poor throw and the ABs clear the ball... 

41mins - Boks win the penalty, Coles found guilty of being offside. We'll have a lineout on the ABs 22.

40mins - And we're underway for the second half. What will the Boks reply be against a ruthless All Blacks team?

HALF TIME - Wow, what an absolute onslaught from the men in black. They've been all over the Boks, with Ioane, Barrett and Coles being the picks of the bunch. Will be interesting to see how the Boks will respond, they've got to be demoralised. Coetzee has a big job infront of him to save face. While Hanson and his men will no doubt be having flashbacks of the Sydney test, where they let the Wallabies back into the game and conceded a host of tries.

40mins - All Blacks turn the ball over and put the ball into charge...what a half of rugby from the Kiwis. 

40mins - Raymond Rhule actually does something good, and beats Ioane in the air for the ball! South Afirca now on the charge...

39mins - Clever line-out play leads to the Boks being penalised. Can the ABs score again before half-time?

38mins - The home team are all over the visitors at the moment. Yet another line-break, but the ABs are penalised.

36mins - ALL BLACKS TRY - Would you believe it, they're in again! A Rieko Ioane break from his own 22, running circles around his opposite in Raymond Rhule, before finding Dane Coles in support, who feeds big Brodie for a try.

34mins - ALL BLACKS TRY - A Beauden Barrett cross-kick leads to a knock-on from Hougaard, which is pounced on by the super substitute Scott Barrett and he goes over for another five-pointer. Bonus points for ABs as Beaudie slots another conversion.

33mins - Crotty takes the ball hard to the line. Ioane with a chance...quickly closed down...

32mins - ABs now getting into their scrum game, winning the penalty after Ruan Dreyer is penalised.

31mins - Yet another poor throw from Boks hooker Malcolm Marx leads to a knock on. We're in for another scrum...

31mins - Nigel Owens putting big Brodie in his place with a stern telling off. Boks lineout just inside the 10m.

30mins - Boks win the penalty for an ABs infringement. Pressure getting to the players now with a bit of niggle.

29mins - Excellent kick from Beaudie sees the Boks win a dodgy lineout on the half-way line.

28mins - Scott Barrett replaces an injured Liam Squirre, who was having a great game so far.

27mins - Whitelock steals the Boks lineout ball, before the Boks knock the ball on.

26mins - ABs scrum on their own 22 leads to Barrett kick through...Coetzee makes a little break. Boks win the penalty, Hames found guilty again. Jantjies kicks for touch...

25mins - Coles channelling his inner Beauden Barrett with a grubber kick...goes straight to the Boks.

23mins - Elton Jantjies cuts through the ABs line before throwing it to Nehe who appears to be a wearing a green and gold jersey.

20mins - TRY ALL BLACKS...The home team are in again! A Nehe Milner-Skudder intercept leads to interchange play with Barrett, before finally diving over himself. Barrett adds another two and the All Blacks are in hot form.

18mins - TRY ALL BLACKS...Rieko Ioane gathers the ball after a great kick through from Aaron Smith. Springbok defenders guilty of momentarily going to sleep. Barrett with the conversion.

16mins - Aaron Smith takes the quick-tap and kicks the ball through...

15mins - Boks decide on having a scrum after Nehe Milner-Skudder is drilled and knocks on the ball.

13mins - However, ABs have won a penalty for the Boks being offside. PENALTY: Beauden slots the kick from close range.

12mins - All Blacks making steady progress inside the Boks 22, but McKenzie loses the ball in contact...

11mins - Hougaard kicks the ball out on the full and the ABs have a great attacking platform.

10mins - The men from Africa now on the charge, but aren't making much progress...

9mins - Springboks DEMOLISH the All Blacks in their game's opening scrum.

8mins - Hames knocks the ball on and Boks will have the scrum on their own 40.

6mins - Boks win a penalty just inside the ABs 40m. Rieko guilty of not releasing the ball. Jantjies will have a shot here...and lands just short.

5mins - A pass to nobody from Kriel leads to lineout for the ABs on their own 22.

4mins - Boks get free-kick just outside the ABs 22m line. Boks forwards running strong.

3mins - Boks steal the ABs lineout ball and Hougaard kicks a big ball which is knocked on by Damian McKenzie.

2mins - Wayward throw leads to a McKenzie kick through into the Boks 22.

1mins - Springboks have a line-out on the half-way line.

KICKOFF: Ref Nigel Owens blows his whistle and Elton Jantjies kicks the ball deep into the All Blacks 22.

7:34 pm - TJ Perenara leading the Kapa O Pango haka with captain Kieran Reid front and centre.

7:31 pm - Now for the New Zealand anthem, sung by Moses Mackay.

7:30 pm - South African anthem now being sung, the many expats in attendance singing along.

7:29 pm - All Blacks now out on the field, the crowd cheering them on.

7:27 pm - Springboks now making their way out, led by captain Eben Etsebeth.

7:16 pm - Rain is holding off for the moment and let's hope it does for the entire test.

7:12 pm - Thanks for tuning in for the live updates as the All Blacks host the Springboks in Albany. Crowd is slowly building at QBE stadium.

Hello and welcome to live updates of the All Blacks hosting the Springboks for round 4 of the Rugby Championship at QBE Stadium in Albany.

The All Blacks have won their last four games against the Springboks, their last loss being back in 2014, going down 27-25 in Johannesburg.

The last two encounters have been largely one-sided, New Zealand winning by the scores of 57-15 and 41-13 in last year’s edition of the Rugby Championship.

South Africa has not lost a test match this year, having despatched the Pumas both home and away, and drawing 23-23 with the Wallabies in Perth last week.

The All Blacks have not lost to the Springboks on home soil since 2009, where they went down to the eventual Tri-Nations winners 32-29 in Hamilton.

The match will be the 94th encounter between the historic rivals, the first being played in 1921.

We bring you live streaming written commentary, video highlights (be sure to refresh your browser) and all the action. VIDEO will be available as soon as the final whistle goes.

Commentary will start from around 7.30pm (NZT). In the meantime check out the video above as All Blacks captain Kieran Read talks about his excitement of facing the old foe.


All Blacks

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

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende.Match facts and stats 

Match facts and stats

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Matthew Carley (England)

TMOGeorge Ayoub (Australia)

Past meetings

Head to head: Played 93, All Blacks 55, Springboks 35, Drawn 3

2016: New Zealand won 57-15, Durban
2016: New Zealand won 41-13, Christchurch
2015: New Zealand won 27-20, Johannesburg
2015: New Zealand won 20-18, London (World Cup semifinal)
2014: South Africa won 27-25, Johannesburg

Head-to-head: All Blacks - $1.10 Springboks - $6.00

Pre-match banter - Kieran Read praises improved Springboks, exicted to face traditional foe

The thought of a Springbok side on the rise back towards the top of world rugby excites Kieran Read.

The All Blacks skipper believes his side are in store for a traditional, physical encounter when the world champions host South Africa in Albany on Saturday night.

The visitors have barely got close to tipping up New Zealand in a Test since their last win in 2014, shipping a combined 98-points in two 2016 losses.

The All Blacks have won their last four games against the Springboks, their last loss being back in 2014, going down 27-25 in Johannesburg.

The last two encounters have been largely one-sided, New Zealand winning by the scores of 57-15 and 41-13 in last year’s edition of the Rugby Championship.

South Africa has not lost a test match this year, having despatched the Pumas both home and away, and drawing with the Wallabies in Perth last week.

The All Blacks have not lost to the Springboks on home soil since 2009, where they went down to the Tri-Nations winners 32-29 in Hamilton.

The match will be the 94th encounter between the historic rivals, the first being played in 1921.

However a shift in team culture led by coach Allister Coetzee has seen the Boks bounce back from a horrid 2016 Test campaign, which produced just four wins, to arriving in New Zealand with a undefeated record this year.

The only scar on that perfect record was a 23-all draw with the Wallabies in Perth last weekend.

Read said, from the outside looking in, it appears Coetzee and his troops have turned the corner.

"They are certainly looking like they are pretty hungry, they aren't shirking their responsibilities," Read told reporters at QBE Stadium on Friday.

"It comes back to the old traditional foe for us. That is exciting and great for the fans and great for us and that's what we want as players to be challenged."

A pro-South African crowd isn't completely out of the question come Saturday night. Albany is referred to as "Little South Africa" due to a growing immigrant community from the Republic.

Read acknowledges that the Rugby Championship fixture could provide quite the unique experience for his side.

"We know it's a different challenge tomorrow night, it's pretty big so really looking forward to it.

"There is a big South African community here on the North Shore and they bring a bit of hype and excitement  I'm not going to say no to that, so hopefully it matches the game that is going to be put out there tomorrow night.

"I think it's important for us to finish our year at home well can’t wait to do that."

And the Springboks face an All Blacks side in the midst of a mini-rebuild.

Injuries to key players and Ben Smith's sabbatical has seen 250 test caps of experience disappear from the side in the last month.

The 31-year-old said why it has been unsettling to have a high turnover rate in player personal, it can only benefit New Zealand rugby moving forward.

"We have improved as a team [but] there are always things to work on but I think we are on the upward trend. The amount of guys who have had exposure [this year], it just builds us nicely for the future.

Read added, "We are constantly trying to improve and keep pushing ourselves to not settle for we what we have done and look for ways to get better.

"Changes to the team force you to focus on different things every week, you have to realign yourself; make sure you have the lines right between the players and the coaches. It's a squad game now and that's certainly been the case this year with the players coming in and out.

"I've continued to push myself and hopefully the boys can follow me and we keep going well."

Anything less than a Springbok victory would all-but seal another Rugby Championship crown for the All Blacks.