The Springboks’ 23-13 defeat by New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup opener had not deflated the belief of Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby, that South Africa could win the trophy for a third time.
Five minutes of first-half brilliance by the All Blacks were the difference as the New Zealanders emerged victorious by 23-13 from the Rugby World Cup Pool B opener against the Springboks in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday.
All the post-match statistics from the RWC Pool B opener between the Springboks and the All Blacks, won 23-13 by the New Zealanders in Yokohama, Japan.
Follow the action live from Yokohama in Japan, where the Boks are taking on the All Blacks in their opening Pool B match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Siya Kolisi believes the rivalry between rugby’s greatest foes has been restored following two years of hard work by the Springbok management.