Andrew Mehrtens and New Zealand must have dreaded the moment. Back in Johannesburg for the first time since losing the World Cup Final to South Africa last year - the same Ellis Park crowd, the same competitive Springbok side, even the same referee, Derek Bevan of Wales.
Their failure this time was a compliment to a committed South African side driven on by Andre Joubert and Joost van der Westhuizen. It was Joubert who set up the first try, in the 25th minute, as a cutback at pace allowed Van der Westhuizen to score under the posts. Thirteen minutes later Joubert added a penalty but an opportunist try by Sean Fitzpatrick on the stroke of half-time gave the All Blacks hope. Joubert, however, in the 46th minute took a Ruben Kruge pass to score at the corner.
Moments later, Van der Westhuizen caught the New Zealanders unawares with a short tap penalty to score again and when Joubert kicked his third penalty in the 56th minute to give South Africa a 32-8 lead it looked over. But New Zealand scored late tries from Walter Little and Justin Marshall.
South Africa: Tries van der Westhuizen (2), Joubert; Conversion Honiball; Penalties Honiball 2, Joubert 3.
New Zealand: Tries Fitzpatrick, Little, Marshall; Conversions Mehrtens (2); Penalty Mehrtens.
SOUTH AFRICA: A Joubert (Natal); J Swart (Western Province), J Mulder (Transvaal), D van Schalwyk (Northern Transvaal), P Hendriks (Transvaal), H Honiball (Natal), J van der Westhuizen (Northern Transvaal); M Hurter (Northern Transvaal), J Dalton (Transvaal), D Theron (Griqualand West); M Andrews (Natal), K Wiese (Transvaal); A Venter (OFS), R Kruger (Northern Transvaal), G Teichmann (Natal). Replacements: F van Heerdon (Western Province) for Andrews, 39; J Stransky (Western Province) for Mulder, 46; G Pagel (Western Province) for Theron 66; W Fyvie (Natal) for Venter.
NEW ZEALAND: C Cullen (Manawatu); J Wilson (Otago), F Bunce (North Harbour), W Little (North Harbour), G Osborne (North Harbour); A Mehrtens (Canterbury), J Marshall (Canterbury); O Brown (Auckland), S Fitzpatrick (Auckland), C Dowd (Auckland), I Jones (North Harbour), R Brooke (Auckland), J Kronfeld (Otago), M Jones (Auckland), Z Brooke (Auckland). Replacements: G Taylor (Northland) for I Jones, 52; A Ieremia (Wellington) for Cullen, 68.
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