Sunday 30 April 2017

Peter Bills: All Blacks throw down gauntlet

New Zealand 31
South Africa 17

Richie McCaw jumps over CJ van der Linde during during yet another marauding All Blacks attack in Wellington. Photo: Reuters
Richie McCaw jumps over CJ van der Linde during during yet another marauding All Blacks attack in Wellington. Photo: Reuters

Peter Bills in Wellington

So now we know it wasn't a fluke. And the challenge New Zealand's attacking game plan will present to every team in next year's World Cup has been spelled out in clear, exciting terms.

Two defeats of world champions South Africa, a points tally of 63-29 and a try count of 8-2 in their favour speaks volumes for the All Blacks' attacking prowess and their determination to play a fast, penetrative game with ball-handling, and not kicking, at its core.

They have thrown down a challenge to world rugby.

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