Having just scored a try to draw the teams level at 30-all‚ All Blacks flank Ardie Savea thought he saw Richie Mo’unga botch the conversion. “For a minute I thought Richie missed it‚ because the crowd went wild. But it was awesome to see the flags go up and the final whistle blowing‚” Savea said. That probably also speaks volumes of the support the All Blacks enjoy in SA. Mo’unga was confronted with a straightforward kick to seal a stunning 32-30 Rugby Championship come-from-behind win for the All Blacks.

“I was saying to myself ‘get through the ball and kick it’‚” Mo'unga said. “It’s the greatest moment of my short career. It’s a dream.” The fact that he was even lining up that kick speaks volumes for the All Blacks’ team culture. Beauden Barrett had delivered a flawless performance with the boot up to then but was happy for the less experienced Mo’unga to handle the pressure. “What I learned from the Wellington Test is that I can actually hand the kicking tee over to Richie....

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