Plaudits flow for All Blacks

Getty Images     07 Oct 2013     Getty Images takes a look at some of the opinions emanating from the match.

WHAT THEY SAID: "Salute these All Blacks. They deserve to be Rugby Championship winners. They deserve every accolade they have afforded them.

"There are no superlatives to do justice to McCaw. He hadn't played for a month and wasn't expected to play for another two weeks because of torn knee ligaments. He not only started but played 80 minutes, with 60 of them in a pack of only seven.

"South Africa's attacking approach means there will be plaudits but the expansive nature shouldn't be allowed to mask defensive vulnerability, sub-standard decision-making and poor execution in basic areas like kick-off receive and a second half lineout wobble that saw the Boks lose four lineout throws." "The 38-27 win not only handed the All Blacks yet another piece of silverware but also emphasised their position as the sport's undisputed masters.

"It is a status that is difficult to see anyone challenging for some time to come, meaning an air of predictability could overshadow the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in England which is just two years away."

Business Week South Africa: "The world of rugby is taking a cumulative deep breath after the thriller in Johannesburg on Saturday, but while the action was a perfect advertisement for the game, the result have [sic] sent shudders through those hoping to dethrone the All Blacks."

The Sunday Times (London): "On the evidence of yesterday's epic encounter in Johannesburg, no other team will halt their [New Zealand and South Africa] for some time. Or should that read New Zealand's dominance? South Africa have been competitive twice this season but on both occasions the All Blacks have found a way to win by more than 10 points.

"The contrast between the teams was obvious. South Africa had to produce memorable moments for their tries because New Zealand's defence and discipline are magnificent. For all the pyrotechnics of New Zealand's offensive game, the capacity not to make errors or life easy for their rivals sets them apart."

The Sunday Telegraph (London): "The All Blacks dispelled any doubt that they are the best team in the world after taming the Springboks at Ellis Park in a match that ranks among the greatest ever between these two rugby-mad nations.

"New Zealand's performance will have shaken England assistant coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree who were in attendance yesterday."