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All Blacks issue stark warning to Ireland and others by pulverising South Africa in Durban

Published 08/10/2016 | 18:34

South Africa's Jaco Kriel lies on the pitch next to New Zealand's Beauden Barrett during the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingspark Rugby stadium in Durban on October 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKYANESH DEBIKY/AFP/Getty Images
South Africa's Jaco Kriel lies on the pitch next to New Zealand's Beauden Barrett during the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingspark Rugby stadium in Durban on October 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKYANESH DEBIKY/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand equalled their record of 17 test wins in a row as they claimed their biggest victory over old foes South Africa on Saturday, a crushing 57-15 triumph in the Rugby Championship at King's Park.

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Scrumhalf TJ Perenara, in the side for the disgraced Aaron Smith, scored two tries.

There were also doubles for wing Israel Dagg and flyhalf Beauden Barrett and further scores from replacement hooker Codie Taylor, fullback Ben Smith and flanker Liam Squire.

The Springboks never looked like grabbing a try but were still in the game at the hour mark as they trailed by 10 thanks to the boot of Morne Steyn who kicked all their points.

South Africa's scrambling defence that held off Australia last weekend was no match for the world champions who completed a clean sweep of six wins in this year's southern hemisphere championship.

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