Springbok rugby, accused of eschewing creativity and dynamism for kick-and-maul tactics, busted that perception two weeks ago in a cliffhanger victory over perennial rivals, New Zealand, on Australia’s Gold Coast.

It broke the All Blacks’ 10-match unbeaten run and rejuvenated SA rugby, following a three-match Springbok losing streak. And it started with an audacious round-the-back pass...

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