All Blacks look to Bokke for inspiration


Despite their first defeat not even in the group stage of a World Cup rugby tournament, the All Blacks believe that every dark cloud does indeed have a silver lining.

And the Kiwis look to South Africa’s performance in the 2019 spectacle to inspire them to greater heights.

“Just look at what the Springboks did in 2019 – they also lost their first game of the tournament,” Jordie Barrett said after the All Blacks lost 27-13 against France at a packed Stade de France.

Four years ago, the Boks lost 23 – 13 against New Zealand in Yokohama, but a few games later, Siya Kolisi held up the Webb Ellis trophy in the very city.

“South Africa then learned valuable lessons that helped them in the rest of the tournament. We intend to walk a similar path.”

The 26-year-old defender was not part of the action on Friday evening – a knee injury meant that he had to watch the game from the sidelines – but he believes that the French heat also had an influence on his team’s performance.

“It is very hot in France and we have not adapted well to the weather conditions at all. At the same time, I see that teams that do not boast a lot of possession win games. For example, George Ford scored 27 points with his boot against Argentina, while Wales’ defense pulled through against Fiji. The ball is simply too slippery (for attacking rugby).”

It is characteristic of All Blacks rugby that they play for the full 80 minutes. Even when facing a deficit, they often fight back and their superior fitness means that they then close the match in the dying moments.

But against South Africa at Twickenham, they were completely overwhelmed, while France now waved the scepter in Paris.

The Kiwis folded under sustained French pressure, Antoine Dupont’s side scored 18 unanswered points and Will Jordan’s second-half yellow card (he knocked down Damian Penaud in mid-air) was the final nail in the three-time champions’ coffin. .

Despite Barrett’s assurance that the All Blacks will improve, it is not everyday that a New Zealand rugby team comes up with floundering performances in two consecutive matches.

  • The All Blacks play against Namibia on Friday at 21:00 in their second match of the tournament.