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Wales v South Africa – Autumn International – Principality Stadium

Wales v South Africa – Autumn International – Principality Stadium

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles paused.

He'd just spent two weeks focusing on the massive hurdle that was two-time champion South Africa, and getting over the Springboks 23-13 in Yokohama the night before was immensely satisfying though bruising. Richie Mo'unga stepped up for the resulting kick and levelled the score on 21 minutes.

Matsushima became the first Japanese player ever to score a hat trick at the Rugby World Cup, but the winger was left ruing the chances he missed and vowing to set the record straight against world No. 1-ranked Ireland in Shizuoka on September 28.

"If you're going to play a high-risk game you're going to have turnovers".

"Discipline was always going to be a massive thing for us", said All Blacks skipper Kieran Read.

"There's plenty of stuff we can work on". The fact that we're a Tier-Two team and we're playing the team ranked the best in the world, it doesn't change anything really for us. Our set piece wasn't as nice as you'd expect it to be and therefore you can't have a platform to strike off.

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The last time the Kiwis lost a game when leading by seven points or more at half-time, remarkably, was against France in the quarter-finals of the 2007 World Cup.

If the All Blacks' handling and passing skills don't desert them, they should continue to prosper in the remaining pool games against Canada, Namibia and Italy.

The scoring spree, in front of almost 64,000 fans in Yokohama's International Stadium, came against the early run of play. Also, fresh legs helped New Zealand regain momentum, giving Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett late penalty kicks to put the score out of reach, and retain their ideal record in pool play, now 29-0 over the tournament's 32-year history.

The game, which the All Blacks won 23-13, saw a maximum of 132,000 people streaming via the service, and while still uncertain of the cause of the problem, Spark assured their customers it wasn't an issue related to New Zealand broadband.

In the end, New Zealand did enough to get the job done.

"We scrambled hard", Coles said.

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Benjamin Urdapilleta slotted two penalties to give Argentina a 21-20 lead but Camille Lopez's cool drop goal put France back in front, and the unfortunate Boffelli missed his chance for glory when he put his penalty wide.

Perhaps it was nerves, but play was marred by many handling errors from both sides early in the contest. "So, I told him to have a go at him (the South African prop), and then from there, he just managed to get the offload and I was in support", said winger George Bridge.

It said in a statement this afternoon that it is now confident the improvements it has made means it can provide a good viewing experience "but if customers are in any way unhappy with their stream, they will have the opportunity to watch on TVNZ Duke".

George Bridge and Scott Barrett claimed the tries that swept New Zealand to a potent victory, and one based on counter-attacking brilliance.

Pieter-Steph du Toit's opportunist try gave South Africa hope early in the second half but at 17-10, the Springboks let a golden opportunity slip when Willie Le Roux's pass to livewire wing Cheslin Kolbe went to ground.

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