After all the talk about respective styles of play, the deciding moments of the final Fortinet Rugby Championship Test came down to crucial kicks by both sides before New Zealand were denied a Grand Slam 29-31 on the Gold Coast early on Sunday morning (NZT).
The All Blacks wrapped up the Fortinet Rugby Championship title with a 19-17 win over South Africa in Townsville last week and now have the chance to complete an unbeaten campaign with another victory over the Springboks on Saturday night.
The All Blacks team has been named to play in the final Test match of the Fortinet Rugby Championship against South Africa at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, on Saturday 2 October (Kick off: 8.05PM AEST / 11.05PM NZT).
Knowing the Springboks were under pressure, especially from their fans back in South Africa, after two losses to Australia in the Fortinet Rugby Championship, All Blacks captain Ardie Savea said that was a scary thought for his side ahead of Saturday's game in Townsville.
It has been a long time coming but the All Blacks and South Africa will finally meet in their historic 100th Test, two years on from the last clash between the sides at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The All Blacks team has been named to play in the historic 100th Test match against South Africa in the Fortinet Rugby Championship at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, on Saturday 25 September (Kick-off: 5.05PM AEST, 7.05PM NZT).