Springboks left it late to claw their way back into today’s Rugby Championship test showdown against the All Blacks as things ended on a score of 16-16.
The South Africans will have every reason to feel encouraged despite sharing the spoils in Wellington on Saturday.
From the get-go, it was apparent that the All Blacks still had some tightening up to do. A trie from Jack Goodhue was backed up by some solid kicking from fly-half Richie Mo’unga but even still, the home side never truly managed to stamp their authority on proceedings.
South Africa’s Handre Pollard managed to kick home three penalties for the away side to bring them to within a try’s distance of the favourites and when the game was entering its dying embers, it really did appear as though the home-crowd would have something to celebrate once full-time came around.
Late drama and a last-ditch try from replacement scrum-half Herschel Jantjie saw the scores levelled at 16-16, capping off a tense encounter in the New Zealand capital with a result that the away were no doubt happier to leave with than the host.
Overall, fans of the Springboks will leave Wellington with a serious boost to their confidence ahead of September’s World Cup in Japan but for the All Blacks, time still remains for them to reach the form that many will expect of them once the real tests come around.