Kolbe lights up Springboks in loss to All Blacks

Kolbe lights up Springboks in loss to All Blacks

New Zealand's TJ Perenara (left) controls the ball after a tackle during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday.

Coles also insisted that any minnow side even making it to the World Cup is enough reason to treat every match seriously.

"We were uncomfortable at the quality of the experience our customers were getting and, as we always said we would, we moved quickly to provide them with an alternative means of watching the match. [I'm] very happy that we did, but there's plenty of stuff we can work on".

"That wasn't acceptable and so we made an immediate call as quickly as possible and basically chose to start simulcasting the game on TVNZ Duke". 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.

"Kieran Read just got us in and told us "just breathe", said Smith.

Japan's Kotaro Matsushima, top, makes an attempt to score a try, tackled by Russia's Vasily Artemyev during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game at Tokyo Stadium between Russian Federation and Japan in Tokyo, Japan. Handre Pollard cut the deficit to four points with a drop goal but penalties from Richie Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett consigned South Africa to its first defeat of 2019.

Kolbe certainly proved a hard assignment for opposite George Bridge, who scored New Zealand's first try, particularly given the All Blacks winger was playing just his sixth Test and first at a World Cup.

After a long-range penalty from Pollard opened the scoring, he missed a simple chance when he struck the post - and then came New Zealand's sucker-punch.

"But I think we can fight back".

"The trick for us now is to get recovered, get fresh legs and turn up with a little bit more confidence", said the Welshman. Of its other Pool B mates, Namibia has 21 days, Italy 20, and South Africa and Canada 17 days each.

For the fourth time in as many matches at this World Cup, the team that scored first finished second.

Perhaps it was nerves, but play was marred by many handling errors from both sides early in the contest.

Hansen accused Erasmus of "trying to put pressure on the referee" after the Springbok coach led what appeared to be an orchestrated South African campaign targeting the match official.

A feisty few minutes followed, with tempers flaring on both side as the intensity was dialled up another few notches, and the crowd roared their appreciation. "If we can do that, give them respect then worry about us and represent ourselves and our country the right way, then we shouldn't have a problem". New Zealand's first try came when Scott Barrett clinically offloaded to George Bridge inside the '22 who found himself through in space and over the try line.

It was a moment of inspiration from Pollard once again, however, that next saw South Africa register, after a lovely clipped drop-goal from all of 40 metres saw the Springboks battle to within four points.

But a scrum penalty handed the momentum back to New Zealand as Mo'unga converted and when Beauden Barrett added another with eight minutes remaining the All Blacks closed out the victory they just about deserved.

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