Broken neck: All Blacks expect Cane to play again

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus focus now shifts to the end-of-year tour

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus focus now shifts to the end-of-year tour

All Blacks flank Sam Cane will be sidelined for several months after fracturing his neck in their 32-30 victory over the Springboks in Pretoria.

By the time Elton Jantjies came on for Damianb De Allende in the 77th minute, the momentum and swung in the All Blacks favour and the Boks struggled to hold on. "He gets through those games and not necessarily he jumps straight back into the test against Australia but he will have enough footy behind him to get some time at some stage on the tour which would be great", Hansen said of Coles.

He will not be able to fly back to New Zealand with the rest of the team and is expected to stay in South Africa for a week.

The All Blacks came from 12 points down late to secure the win and the championship.

The momentum remained with the home side, though, and Kolbe stretched to dot the ball down on the line in the corner, with Pollard adding the hard conversion.

With 20 minutes left it looked as if New Zealand's iron grip on World Rugby and in particular the Rugby Championship was about to be broken in no uncertain manner.

When the Boks knocked on from the kick-off, the visitors were able to get into a scoring position from an attacking line-out and Ioane finished off the move.

"We let it go at the end, they were more alert than us", Kolisi said.

I have seen in quite a view matches that De Klerk actually manages the play of the whole team and he is there, he makes decisions to implement whatever he has decided. But again, I think that will be a good learning curve for us.

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