7 Oct 2012

McCaw praises team effort after 100th Test win

3:01 pm on 7 October 2012

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has become the first rugby player to reach the milestone of 100 Test wins.

McCaw led the All Blacks to a 32-16 victory over South Africa in Soweto on Sunday, taking the team's winning streak to 16 consecutive Tests.

McCaw paid tribute to team-mates past and present, saying "you have to be part of a very special team" to get to 100 wins.

South Africa led 16-12 at half time and McCaw said the game was an epic encounter.

He will take a six month sabbatical from rugby at the beginning of 2013 after an end of season tour in Europe.

Australia second in table

Meanwhile, the Wallabies have completed their Rugby Championship with a 25-19 victory over Argentina in Rosario.

Winger Digby Ioane scored a try midway through the second half while fullback Michael Harris kicked 20 points.

Australia finished second behind New Zealand, with South Africa third and the Pumas ending their debut season in the tournament with a draw and five defeats.