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Saturday, 10 August, 2002, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
Clockwatch: SA 23-30 NZ
All the action as it happened as South Africa played New Zealand in the Tri-Nations in Durban.

New Zealand stand-off Andrew Mehrtens
Mehrtens missed two conversions for New Zealand

New Zealand centre Aaron Mauger scores their fourth try to seal the clash in the ABSA Stadium.

The All Blacks also went over through full-back Leon MacDonald, Doug Howlett and a penalty try, while Andre Mehrtens kicked 10 points.

South Africa opened the scoring with an early try from Neil de Kock as Andre Pretorius also touched down and booted 13 points.


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Full-time: Byron Kelleher's touch-kick signals the end as New Zealand grind out a crucial win.

78 mins: South Africa pile forward in the closing minutes as Brent Russell chases his chip through in vain.

76 mins: South Africa win a penalty on the All Black 22. But Andre Pretorius drags the kick left of the posts.

73 mins: New Zealand spread left and then fire it right where Aaron Mauger ghosts through the South African line for their fourth try, the lead and a crucial bonus point. Andrew Mehrtens converts.
South Africa 23-30 New Zealand.

72 mins: New Zealand loose-forward Richie McCaw is held up on the line. The referee goes to the video official for a ruling before awarding a Kiwi five-yard scrum.

70 mins: Andrew Mehrtens and Doug Howlett break down the right. Howlett runs out of space and chips ahead into the in-goal area but not a single All Black is chasing.

69 mins: South Africa sustain a period of determined possession and rumble their way upfield. But eventually a tired-looking All Blacks side stem the green tide.

67 mins: New Zealand squander a golden chance with a forward pass.

66 mins: The All Blacks win a scrum in front of the posts after Andre Pretorius knocks-on an interception attempt.

64 mins: New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall puts in a chip-and-chase. Andre Pretorius cleans up but Caleb Ralph gets in a tap-tackle and New Zealand win a lineout in South Africa's 22.

60 mins: New Zealand win a penalty for South Africa holding down jumpers in the lineout. Andrew Mehrtens strokes it cleanly through.
South Africa 23-23 New Zealand.

59 mins: The crowd is playing its part in this clash but New Zealand are refusing to lie down just yet.

58 mins: Andrew Mehrtens' chip through is just reached by an outstretched Joe van Niekerk in his own in-goal area.

57 mins: The home side are looking very confident and fresh and are upping the tempo. Replacement Brent Russell and Breyton Paulse both put in good attacks.

55 mins: South Africa launch a breakout from their own 22. Andre Pretorius does the damage with his pace and a killer sidestep but referee White rules South Africa knocked on after Pretorius had gone down.

52 mins: New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall tries a drop-goal, thinking his side were going to get a penalty anyway. But the kick missed and they were denied.

49 mins: South African first-five Andre Pretorius slots a 40-yard drop-goal.
South Africa 23-20 New Zealand.

49 mins: Tana Umaga is high tackled again, this time by De Wet Barry and New Zealand win a penalty.

Andrew Mehrtens takes the chance and levels it up.
South Africa 20-20 New Zealand.

47 mins: Joe van Niekerk forces a penalty for South Africa on halfway. Andre Pretorius strokes it over to take the lead.
South Africa 20-17 New Zealand.

44 mins: New Zealand clear their lines but only as far as Dean Hall. South Africa press and from a Kiwi scrum they rob the ball off Justin Marshall.

But Bobby Skinstad is ruled to have collapsed the maul on the line and New Zealand win a penalty the ease the pressure.

43 mins: The game is halted as both sides warm themselves up again while Chris White is wired up.

41 mins: South Africa kick-off the second half and quickly win a scrum against the head.

But a fan wearing a Springbok shirt runs on to the pitch and assaults referee Dave McHugh before being jumped on by both sets of forwards. McHugh is forced to leave the field with a shoulder injury.

England's Chris White steps into the breach.

Half-time: South Africa 17-17 New Zealand.

40 mins: New Zealand end the half the stronger with first Justin Marshall and then Aaron Mauger making breaks.

The All Blacks are awarded a penalty under the posts but it is reversed when Dave Hewett is penalised for stamping in the ruck.

34 mins: Long passing in midfield by New Zealand sees Tana Umaga feed Doug Howlett, who races over for the All Blacks' third try. Andrew Mehrtens misses the conversion.
South Africa 17-17 New Zealand.

29 mins: South Africa break down the right and Andre Pretorius surges through the New Zealand line. As he nears a dead end he chips the ball into the air and in the melee Tana Umaga is adjudged to have pushed Breyton Paulse without the ball.

Pretorius grounds the ball in the in-goal area and the try is given. Pretorius converts.
South Africa 17-12 New Zealand.

29 mins: New Zealand hooker Tom Willis is deemed to have taken too long throwing in and South Africa get a free-kick. But they do nothing with it.

27 mins: South Africa are on the front foot again but Andre Pretorius wastes good possession with a wayward kick.

24 mins: New Zealand in turn are penalised for holding onto the ball in the ruck and Andre Pretorius accepts the three points.
South Africa 10-12 New Zealand.

22 mins: South Africa take their turn at attacking and hammer the Kiwi line from a series of different angles.

Eventually, Breyton Paulse is sent in on the right and he performs a somersault in celebration.

But the referee has already blown for a New Zealand penalty to resounding boos from the stands.

20 mins: The Springboks are being pinned on their line but eventually New Zealand are penalised, relieving the pressure.

15 mins: New Zealand number eight Scott Robertson makes an interception and the All Blacks pile through.

Scrum-half Justin Marshall fires out a long pass to Tana Umaga wide on the left and he is adjudged to have been high-tackled. A penalty try is awarded. Andrew Mehrtens converts.
South Africa 7-12 New Zealand.

12 mins: New Zealand keep the penalty kick in play and come again.

Andrew Mehrtens pops up on the left wing but is only kept out by a crushing cover tackle from Springbok full-back Werner Greef, which knocks him into the corner flag.

11 mins: New Zealand surge through the middle with Richie McCaw and Simon Maling but squander their good work by holding the ball in the tackle and giving away a penalty.

9 mins: An aerial battle ensues as both sides take a breather from their early bursts.

4 mins: New Zealand hit back immediately - Andrew Mehrtens sells a slick dummy and offloads to Tana Umaga who feeds Leon MacDonald on the outside for a try. Mehrtens misses the conversion.
South Africa 7-5 New Zealand.

2 mins: New Zealand pile forward and give their backs an early run but South Africa turn the ball over and feed Dean Hall on the left wing who races forward before popping it inside for Neil de Kock to score under the posts. Andre Pretorius converts.
South Africa 7-0 New Zealand.

KO: 1408 BST Andrew Mehrtens kicks-off deep for New Zealand.

1407 BST Caleb Ralph leads the All Blacks in their famous Haka as South Africa move forward in a line to confront their rivals. Backing them up is the troupe of dancers with spears.

1359 BST A troupe of African tribal dancers welcomes the sides onto the pitch. Corne Krige leads out South Africa to a huge roar from the 57,000 crowd.


South Africa: Werner Greeff; Breyton Paulse, Marius Joubert, De Wet Barry, Dean Hall; Andre Pretorius, Neil de Kock; Bobby Skinstad, Joe van Niekerk, Corne Krige (capt); AJ Venter, Jannes Labuschagne; Willie Meyer, James Dalton, Lawrence Sephaka.

Replacements: Ollie le Roux, Faan Rautenbach, Victor Matfield, Hendro Scholtz, Johannes Conradie, Adrian Jacobs, Brent Russell.

New Zealand: Leon MacDonald; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga, Aaron Mauger, Caleb Ralph; Andrew Mehrtens, Justin Marshall; Scott Robertson, Richard McCaw, Reuben Thorne (capt); Simon Maling, Chris Jack; Greg Somerville, Tom Willis, Dave Hewett.

Replacements: Mark Hammett, Joe McDonnell or Kees Meeuws, Marty Holah, Sam Broomhall, Byron Kelleher, Daryl Gibson, Jonah Lomu.

Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)


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