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Gutsy All Blacks extend lead in world rugby rankings

Whitelock, Cane, Squire and Crotty all slotted back into the starting lineup for tomorrow's clash in Cape Town, with the team essentially the same one that destroyed the Springboks 57-0 in Auckland last month.

But they held on to finish the southern hemisphere championship with a 100 percent success rate for a second successive year.

"I feel very sorry for the players because they left everything out there".

Team: 15-Andries Coetzee, 14-Dillyn Leyds, 13-Jesse Kriel, 12-Jan Serfontein, 11-Courtnall Skosan, 10-Elton Jantjies, 9-Ross Cronje, 8-Francois Louw, 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6-Siya Kolisi, 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3-Ruan Dreyer, 2-Malcolm Marx, 1-Steven Kitshoff Replacements: 16-Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17-Trevor Nyakane, 18-Wilko Louw, 19-Franco Mostert, 20-Jean-Luc du Preez, 21-Rudy Paige, 22-Handre Pollard, 23-Damian de Allende.

"The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks".

"They never disappoint us here", All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

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.

"They managed to get on top of New Zealand's big boys, and the big thing was the way they played with ball in hand". The Springboks, ranked fourth, finished the tournament third out of four teams, with two wins against the Pumas, two draws against Australia and two defeats against the All Blacks. We understand what we do when we do it.

'You get greater pleasure when you see people performing under pressure.

Crotty scored in the first half following a charge down, Ioane's breakaway intercept try came against the run of play, and McKenzie's score near the end was the result of a brilliant break from deep. That is what we are looking for.

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.


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