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Watch: Nehe Milner-Skudder’s Outrageous Pass Deserved A Better Finish

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The All Blacks finished their Rugby Championship campaign with a 100% on Saturday – but were made to work for it by a dogged South Africa.

An engrossing game in Cape Town truly sparked into life with Ryan Crotty’s try just after the half-hour mark as the visitors battled their way to a 25-24 win – but a moment of magic from Nehe Milner-Skudder almost set New Zealand up for a far more comfortable opening.

With the game scoreless and five minutes on the clock, Milner-Skudder picked the ball up from Crotty on the halfway line before embarking on a run that took him to around ten meters from the try line before he had to release it again. With South African bodies blocking his path to a simple pass, however, the winger had to improvise to get the ball to Aaron Smith – leading to a fantastic pass by Milner-Skudder from behind his back.

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Unfortunately for the All Blacks, the move didn’t get the finish it deserved when Smith ran into truble before he was able to down the try.

Milner-Skudder’s day was to take a turn for the worse at half-time, as a dislocated shoulder meant that he had to replaced by David Havili. It now looks as though he will require a lengthy spell on the sidelines as he recuperates, another blow to both the player and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

By winning this match against the Springboks, New Zealand completed a clean sweep from this year’s Rugby Championship – the second year in a row that Hansen’s side have won the trophy with six wins from six.

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