South Africa pile pressure on coach Ian Foster after All Blacks sink to fifth loss in six Tests

On the verge of the second quarter, New Zealand looked to have gathered some momentum with a tackle-breaking trundle from hooker Samosoni Taukei’aho. Marx had other ideas. He pounced over Angus Ta’avao and forced a breakdown turnover.

South Africa were winning the battles of the ground and air. Makazole Mapimpi climbed above Will Jordan to catch Damian Willemse’s up-and-under before Sam Cane overbalanced to concede a penalty. Pollard extended the lead to 10-0.

As it happened, a scrum was the unlikely source of the All Blacks’ first points. De Allende crept forward to take a pass from an offside position, allowing Jordie Barrett to reduce the deficit.

Either side of half-time, Pollard landed a penalty and a sweetly-struck drop-goal. When New Zealand probed for a response, Dane Coles spilled. Soon afterwards, the veteran hooker was collared for a crooked line-out throw. Cameras cut to Foster and a hang-dog expression. Next weekend’s trip to Johannesburg will not be any easier.

Fittingly, it was Am that dived in for the next breakdown steal after Beauden Barrett had been funneled down a blind alley. Pollard capitalized again and, just as the encounter had begun with a sickening collision, so it finished.

Arendse clattered into an airborne Beauden Barrett, sending the All Black spinning. A red card, produced by referee Angus Gardner, was the correct call.

Although New Zealand still struggled against 14 men, with Am bagging an interception, Clarke broke 70 meters brilliantly. Despite Williemse’s superb scrambling, Frizell stretched over for a consolation try.

That gave the All Blacks a sniff of a bonus point, but their attempts to run from deep ended in disaster. Frizell fluffed a rushed pass from Cane and Le Roux, a very late replacement, compounded New Zealand’s misery.

Match details

Scoring sequence: 5-0 Arendse try, 7-0 Pollard conversion, 10-0 Pollard penalty, 10-3 J Barrett penalty, 13-3 Pollard penalty, 16-3 Pollard drop-goal, 19-3 Pollard penalty, 19-8 Frizell try , 19-10 Mo’unga conversion, 24-10 Le Roux try, 26-10 Pollard conversion.

South Africa: D Willemse; KL Arendse, L Am (W Le Roux, 79), D De Allende, M Mapimpi; H Pollard, F de Klerk (J Hendriske, 1); T Nyakane (S Kitshoff, 40), M Marx (B Mbonambi, 54), F Malherbe (V Koch, 51), E Etzebeth (S Moerat, 75), L de Jager (F Mostert, 46), S Kolisi, PS du Toit (K Smith, 46), J Wiese.
New Zealand: J Barrett (R Mo’unga, 52); W Jordan, R Ioane (Q Tupaea, 62), D Havili, C Clarke; B Barrett (R Ioane, 75), A Smith (F Christie, 70); G Bower (E de Groot, 62), S Taukei’aho (D Coles, 52), A Ta’avao (T Lomax, 48), S Whitelock, S Barrett (T Vaa’i, 73), A Ioane (S Frizell, 56), S Cane, A Savea.
Red card: Arendse (75).
Attendance: 42,367.

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