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Watch: Will Jordan ‘brilliance’ sets up opening try against Boks

By Finn Morton
Will Jordan of New Zealand makes a break during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks at Mt Smart Stadium on July 15, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks looked like a team possessed during the opening 10 minutes of their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday, but one player stole the show.

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Before the opening whistle, the New Zealanders issued their challenge with a spinetingling rendition of Kapa o Pango. The haka was passionate, intense and captivating, and set the tone for the Test.

Led by captain Same Cane, the All Blacks appeared ready – and that proved true early on.

From minute one, the hosts were playing a thrilling style of play. The All Blacks haven’t looked that good in quite some time.

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But out of the players in black, one superstar was especially bright.

Electric winger Will Jordan, who was playing his first Test match of the year after missing out on the trip to Argentina, had a few game-breaking carries early on.

Every time he touched the ball, it looked like something was about to happen.

Eventually, that proved true.

Just over four minutes into the match, and on the ninth phase of the All Blacks’ attacking onslaught, Jordan caught the ball over on the right edge.

After receiving an ambitious cut-out pass from fullback Beauden Barrett, Jordan attempted to beat Springboks defender Willie le Roux with sheer pace.

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But after being taken to the ground with a desperate tackle, Jordan had just enough time to release the ball and have another go. That was a stroke of genius.

Jordan got right back up and beat two South African defenders, including inside centre Damian de Allende, before running deep into the visitors’ 22.

The fullback then set up veteran Aaron Smith for the All Blacks’ opener with a simple draw and pass.

In the background of a replay, you could see Jordan and Beauden Barrett celebrating the effort. As Sky Sport NZ commentator Grant Nisbell said, it was a moment of “brilliance” from the Crusaders’ outside back.

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The score in the 5th minute sent the Auckland crowd into a frenzy, and there was more to come.

By the 20-minute mark, the All Blacks had raced out to a 17-nil lead.

Following a successful penalty goal attempt from flyhalf Richie Mo’unga, rampaging flanker Shannon Frizell ran over le Roux for the New Zealanders’ second try of the night.

Again, the All Blacks haven’t looked that good in quite some time.

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rod 365 days ago

Could not fault the referee & how many teams could withstand that first 20 mins withstand that start at that level ?

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finn 366 days ago

I can't wait for the boers to start explaining why the result was actually all the ref's fault

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William 1 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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