Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


All Blacks grab dramatic win against Springboks in Pretoria

5:25                                            Springboks wing Aphiwe Dyantyi speaks to Miles Harrison about his rise in international rugby and the All Blacks test 5:25 Springboks wing Aphiwe Dyantyi speaks to Miles Harrison about his rise in international rugby and the All Blacks test
Noah Ferguson | 08 October, 2018, 17:44

The Springboks missed out on a famous double win over New Zealand losing 32-30 in a Rugby Championship clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Team doctor Tony Page said Cane was sporting a small fracture in a lower vertebrae, but hadn't suffered any potentially serious nerve damage.

It got better a few minutes later when Damian de Allende forced his way through the New Zealand defence to extend South Africa's lead after he got the ball from captain Siya Kolisi leaving Pollard with an easy job of converting in front of the poles.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he expected the World Cup winning loose forward, who has played 60 Tests, to return to top-level rugby. "It will probably take about three months for the bone to get strong but we'll just take it step-by-step".

"The operation is just to keep everything in the right place so the bone can heal of its own accord". "Many sportsmen have this injury, as do people from other walks of life, and they usually make a good recovery".

Cane's absence from the end-of-year tour will test Hansen's depth in the number seven jersey, with Savea expected to become the starter after a superb performance against the Springboks.

This result has also denied the Boks their third Test win in succession and they will have to raise their game for the end of the year tour where they are up against England France, Scotland and Wales in Europe in November.

Hansen revealed the All Blacks would take a squad of 32 to Japan but 19 players would leave Tokyo early for Britain with fitness coach Nick Gill.

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