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All Blacks beat Springboks to save Ian Foster’s job, highlights, report

They snapped a three-game losing streak with a 35-23 Rugby Championship win over South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

A last-minute brace from Scott Barrett sealed victory for the All Blacks after a thrilling finish, possibly saving the job of beleaguered manager Ian Foster.

Foster is under fire after five defeats in six matches ahead of the Johannesburg showdown, including last weekend’s 16-point loss to the Rugby World Cup champions Springboks.

But a much-improved All Blacks side, South Africa, took a one-point lead with six minutes remaining and converted two tries.

New Zealand coach Ian Foster (C) hugs Aaron Smith as they celebrate after their win over South Africa in Johannesburg on August 13, 2022. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

New Zealand recovered from a poor start to take control of the early stages when full-back Jordy Barrett struck inside 40 seconds.

With just 10 minutes left, South Africa were forced to retire groggy winger Jesse Creel and veteran full-back Willie Le Roux came on.

Fortunately for the flamboyant Damian Willemse, who sat on the touchline with no points due to a yellow card, the sell-out crowd of 61,519 roared on.

The first points in the arm-wrestling came on 25 minutes when fly-half Richie Mounga slotted home a penalty against the visitors.

His successful strike put the away side in the lead as captain and forward Sam Kane and winger Samson Taukiaho scored tries, the latter of which was scored by Mounga.

– South Africa’s Concerns –

As New Zealand moved the ball wide, winger Will Jordan scored his second try against South Africa in the corner.

Taukiaho used his power and after the break this time Mounga punched the ball in two.

New Zealand lock Scott Barrett reacts against South Africa at the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on August 13, 2022. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

A series of first-half substitutes introduced in Harlot Malcolm Marks, prop Steven Kitschoff and No. 8 Jasper Wise marked South Africa’s threat.

The home side needed to score quickly and Lukhanyo M’s diving and fly half Handre Pollard converted.

Pollard did not miss a try in his two Tests against Wales in Cape Town and New Zealand’s Mbombela and kept his record in first half stoppage time.

In the middle of the game, he chose to kick for a goal, and the team went out of the field with 15 points, which turned into a 15-10 victory for New Zealand.

The second half ended with South Africa leading 23-21 when Pollard kicked a penalty in the 68th minute.

But intense All Black pressure from center David Havili to a try and lock Scott Barrett and Mounga converted both to put the visitors back on the winning streak.

There was another Springbok try as wing Maczol Mapimpi piled up 13 points from two conversions and three penalties.

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