10 Jul 2010

All Blacks trounce Springboks at Eden Park

11:36 pm on 10 July 2010

New Zealand continued its long unbeaten run at Eden Park with a controlled and aggressive performance to record a 32-12 victory over South Africa in their opening Tri-Nations clash tonight.

A year after relinquishing their Tri-Nations crown when they were beaten in all three Tests against South Africa, the All Blacks bounced back with determination as they extended their number of wins at Eden Park to 21 Tests.

In a high-tempo clash, the All Blacks claimed a bonus point as they scored four unanswered tries through centres Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, number eight Kieran Read and prop Tony Woodcock.

First five Daniel Carter added three conversions and two penalties.

South Africa fly half Morne Steyn slotted four penalties for the world champions, who have not won at the ground since 1937.

The score was 20-3 to the home team at half time.

The two sides clash again in Wellington next week.