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New Zealand on brink of complete dominance

 Australia's Dominic Shipperley, center, is tackled by South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira, right, and teammate Jannie du Plessis, left, during their Rugb...
 Australia's Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch as South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers, left, defends during their Rugby Championship at the Loft...
 New Zealand's players perform the haka before the Rugby Championship second round match against Argentina in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, Sept. 29,...
 New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu runs with the ball  during the Rugby Championship second round match against Argentina in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, Sept...
 New Zealand's Aaron Smith scores a try against Argentina during the Rugby Championship second round match in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, Sept. 29,...

South Africa Australia Rugby

Australia's Dominic Shipperley, center, is tackled by South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira, right, and teammate Jannie du Plessis, left, during their Rugb...

South Africa Australia Rugby

Australia's Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch as South Africa's captain Jean de Villiers, left, defends during their Rugby Championship at the Loft...

Argentina New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand's players perform the haka before the Rugby Championship second round match against Argentina in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, Sept. 29,...

Argentina New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu runs with the ball during the Rugby Championship second round match against Argentina in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, Sept...

Argentina New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand's Aaron Smith scores a try against Argentina during the Rugby Championship second round match in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, Sept. 29,...

New Zealand is one win away from a perfect 12 months and complete dominance after capturing the World Cup a year ago.
Even the normally formidable challenge of playing old rival South Africa at home hasn't worried the All Blacks, who arrived in Johannesburg off the back of 15 straight test victories and with the world and southern hemisphere crowns safely locked away.
The Springboks will rely on a powerful forward effort and a fierce home crowd at the 90,000-plus FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday to stop New Zealand in the final round of the Rugby Championship.
But the All Blacks have dealt with those challenges already this season, subduing the Boks in Dunedin and demolishing Argentina in La Plata to clinch the title with a game to spare.


Updated : 2021-10-18 06:00 GMT+08:00