New Zealand claimed the Rugby Championship with a 38-27 victory over South Africa in Johannesburg.
A pulsating victory
In a competition full of tension and buzz that would be more fitting for a Rugby World Cup final, New Zealand proved they are the deserving winners in a breathless game at Ellis Park.
The lead changed hands a couple of times in the all-action game, but New Zealand’s All Blacks swept to victory as they outscored South Africa by five tries and finished off their unbeaten run.
Scores from Kieran Read and Beauden Barrett earned a sixth win from six games for the New Zealand.
All Blacks stand best in Rugby final
It could be the performance that describes this All Black as the greatest international Rugby side of all-time.
South Africa went into the competition needing a bonus point win by more than seven points to secure the title.
However, Kiwi coach Steve Hansen’s team never seemed interested in claiming the trophy with damage limitation, having a stylish display to win the game for the eighth time in 11 years.
South Africa had to be content with No. 1 in the group, while Australia claimed third place after a 54-17 win of fourth-placed Argentina.