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All Blacks crush Springboks in six-try rout

AFP logoAFP 17/09/2016 Marty Melville
Kieran Read of the All Blacks holds up the Freedom Cup following the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks © Phil Walter/Getty Images Kieran Read of the All Blacks holds up the Freedom Cup following the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks

Ardie Savea lived up to his star billing with a colossal try as New Zealand thrashed South Africa 41-13 to take a firm grip on the Rugby Championship in Christchurch.

The runaway competition leaders banked their fourth bonus point in four matches, to be in an almost unbeatable position in the championship with two rounds still to play.

But in the replay of last year's World Cup semi-final at Twickenham, which the All Blacks won 20-18, they again struggled to get on top.

New Zealand's Ben Smith (L) is tackled by South Africa's Elton Jantjies during their rugby Test match in Christchurch on September 17, 2016 © Provided by AFP New Zealand's Ben Smith (L) is tackled by South Africa's Elton Jantjies during their rugby Test match in Christchurch on September 17, 2016 They were only 15-10 ahead at half-time and did not begin to pull away until eight minutes into the second spell when Ardie Savea showed his devastating skill with the ball, handling twice in the move that set up Ben Smith's try.

If Australia beat Argentina later Saturday, the All Blacks will claim the championship with two games to spare.

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