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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

All Blacks Edge Springboks

DURBAN, South Africa -- New Zealand weathered a late storm to take first blood in its three-test series against South Africa with a 23-19 victory (halftime 15-9) at Kings Park Stadium.


The All Blacks outscored their hosts three tries to one Saturday and were rarely in danger of suffering the fright they had in Cape Town last weekend, when they needed 23 points in the last 20 minutes to overhaul the Springboks in the final Tri-Nations match.


"It was like a reversal of last week's game," said All Black skipper Sean Fitzpatrick. "We were the ones struggling in the final quarter."


New Zealand levelled the scores in meetings between the sides at 22 wins apiece in 75 years of competition.


The scoreline would have been much narrower had Springbok fly-half Joel Stransky been in his best kicking form. He missed four shots at goal in the first half and was successful with only five of his 10 attempts overall.