Inside Line: Another epic contest between South Africa and New Zealand shows why rivalry is so precious – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: October 5, 2021 at 4:32 am

Within two minutes, New Zealand and South Africa are into their stride and establishing their traditional attributes. What was so special about this contest, though, was how they both pushed one another beyond those strengths.

Transition has become a buzzword to describe a broken-field situation that arises from a change in possession. South Africas first try arrived from a particularly chaotic double transition.

Ardie Savea forces a clever turnover as an upright tackle on Kolisi collapses in front of him. New Zealand switch from defence to attack and attempt to capitalise by spreading the ball across their own 22.

But South Africas transition from attack to defence is sharp, too. Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am press and Taylor cannot control David Havilis pass. The spill is costly:

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