New Zealand 23-13 South Africa: All Blacks hold off spirited Springboks

Beauden Barrett
Beauden Barrett had a hand in both New Zealand tries
2019 Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v South Africa
New Zealand: 17 (23)
Tries: Bridge, Barrett Pens: Mo’unga 2, Barrett Cons: Mo’unga 2
South Africa: 3 (13)
Tries: Du Toit Pens: Pollard Cons: Pollard DG: Pollard

Defending champions New Zealand produced a clinical display to hold off a spirited South Africa in their World Cup Pool B opener in Yokohama.

The Springboks started brightly and took the lead with a Handre Pollard penalty before the All Blacks hit back.

Richie Mo’unga drew New Zealand level and two quick tries by George Bridge and Scott Barrett put them in front.