Ireland Fall In World Rankings After Rugby Championship Results At The Weekend

Ireland Fall In World Rankings After Rugby Championship Results At The Weekend

Ireland Fall In World Rankings After Rugby Championship Results At The Weekend

"I'd say that affected the tackle count too because we made a hell of a lot of them so I'm not sure why we didn't kick it out, but we'll talk about that come another day".

Last month, the All Blacks hammered their opponents 57-0 but this time out just one point separated the sides in Cape Town as New Zealand held on to win.

The lead changed hands twice in the ensuing 10 minutes, South African replacement back Jean-Luc du Preez's try negated by a sizzling 50-metre solo effort from All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie.

The champs also came through after losing playmaker Beauden Barrett to a head knock midway through the first half, and unsafe winger Nehe Milner-Skudder to a dislocated right shoulder at the end of the half.

"It's not a ideal formula and I believe it's a positive that we can move between that direct style of play and using more width, and we can also pressure teams with our kicking game", said Coetzee.

"While it's necessary for us to try and anticipate what they're going to bring to the match, it's more important for us to focus on what we're going to bring to the encounter".

It also gave the All Blacks a 100% winning record in the tournament for a second successive year and took their tally to 30 wins in 33 Rugby Championship matches, with only two losses and a draw.

The coach said the hard work was starting to pay off for the team: "The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks", he said.

The result in Mendoza meant Australia overtook South Africa into second behind New Zealand, while Argentina finished bottom of the table.

Ioane's try came when he latched on to a wayward Springboks pass with the Boks on the attack and went 80 meters to score.

Coetzee will now switch his focus to South Africa's tour of Europe in November and December, when they play Tests against Ireland, France, Italy and Wales.

Sopoaga comes off the bench.

"Some of our younger players have not been in that situation before - that when it is tough you have to find a way".