Rugby Championship: New Zealand in record win over South Africa
|Rugby Championship, Auckland|
|New Zealand: (31) 57|
|Tries: Ioane, Milner-Skudder 2, S Barrett, Retallick, Tu’ungafasi, Sopoaga, Taylor; Pen: B Barrett; Cons: B Barrett 7|
|South Africa: (0) 0|
World champions New Zealand ran in eight tries as they thumped South Africa 57-0 in Auckland, their biggest winning margin against the Springboks.
Victory extended their lead in the four-team Rugby Championship to eight points with two matches remaining.
Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Scott Barrett and Brodie Retallick all went over for tries in the first half.
Milner-Skudder, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor also crossed, with Beauden Barrett kicking 17 points.
Tu’ungafasi’s try was his first in a Test match.
This was the second successive match in which the All Blacks have scored more than 50 points against the Springboks, with their 57-15 win in Durban last year their previous biggest victory against them.
Despite the one-sided nature of the scoreline, the visitors – unbeaten in their six previous Tests this year – created several opportunities but were met by a resilient All Blacks defence.
New Zealand will secure the trophy for a 15th time with victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires in a fortnight.
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