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New Zealand is the team to beat at the Rugby World Cup and it would take a brave commentator to suggest the men in black are any less the force they were four years ago.
New Zealand scored 17 points in five minutes at the end of the first half to break South Africa's spirit and set up an impressive victory. Until then the Springboks had enjoyed a huge territorial advantage but were unable to cross the line and had to rely on an early Handre Pollard penalty for their only points in the first half.
In a frantically paced second half they came within one try of regaining the lead before late penalties made the game safe for New Zealand.
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.
After Springboks backrower Duane Vermeulen was given the honour in his 50th Test to lead the teams on to the field, Pollard quickly had the South Africans on the board with a handy penalty.
It took South Africa until the eighth minute of the second half to score their first try when Pieter-Steph du Toit brushed aside Aaron Smith to score near the posts.
The hoodoo continues.
Pollard narrowed the gap further with a metre drop goal to have the South Africans a try away from taking the lead.