All Blacks expected to complete clean sweep

Steve Hansen says his South Africa counterpart is playing mind games

New Zealand led 8-3 at halftime with Crotty's score.

Meanwhile, the Wallabies will face Argentina at 10.40am today.

The All Blacks were comfortable winners, with the Wallabies second.

As the All Blacks celebrate their fifth Championship title in six years, it's impossible not to sympathise with...

New Zealand's Rieko Ioane celebrates as he scores a try against South Africa during the Rugby Championship match at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Springboks tournament ended with two wins against the Pumas, two draws against Australia and the two defeats against the All Blacks. "We kicked well, we only had one contestable that did not work out and in the end, we were two points short".

The sides were neck and neck throughout the game and scored three tries a piece, with the home side crossing the line through Ross Cronje, Handre Polland and the brilliant Malcom Marx, who scored right before the final whistle.

"Obviously I'm pleased any time we win - it's easier on the ticker when you win 57-0 - but it gives you greater pleasure when it's a real contest, and both sides played well tonight", Hansen told a media conference. They also controlled the possession and field position for extended periods in the game.

"To see youngsters like David Havili and Damian McKenzie combine for the try that put us in front, that's not a bad sign".

McKenzie was a constant threat on attack, but his teammates weren't quite as convincing on a day when too many passes went to ground.

"The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks".

"You've got two young guys who are going to take a bucket-load of confidence out of being under an extreme amount of pressure and come out and know that they can do things well", said coach Steve Hansen after Saturday's narrow victory. Guys like Kitshoff, Marx, Eben, they have played like world class players all year.

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