New Zealand’s losing run goes on as South Africa win Rugby Championship opener

New Zealand’s Losing Run Goes On As South Africa Win Rugby Championship Opener New Zealand’s Losing Run Goes On As South Africa Win Rugby Championship Opener
NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 06: Kurt-Lee Arendse of South Africa during The Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Mbombela Stadium on August 06, 2022 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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By PA Sport Staff

Kurt-Lee Arendse’s maiden Test try condemned New Zealand to three straight defeats for the first time since 1998 as 14-man South Africa triumphed 26-10 in the Rugby Championship opener.

Shannon Frizzell claimed a late try for the again-stunned All Blacks, but Willie le Roux hit back with a score of his own to claim the last word.

Head coach Ian Foster will come under ever-increasing pressure for his job in the wake of New Zealand’s third loss on the spin.

Arendse was sent off late on for a reckless aerial challenge on Beauden Barrett that left both players down, with the wing’s second cap ending in both a red card and him being taken off on a stretcher with a nasty-looking injury.

Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk had also suffered a sickening injury in the opening minute of the match, copping a knee to his head and appearing to be knocked out.


The two sides meet again in Johannesburg in a week’s time, where anything other than a New Zealand victory could easily see Foster forced out of his job.

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