Win or lose this World Cup, Steve Hansen has already proved one thing.

He's the best All Black coach we've ever had, by some stretch. The win over South Africa in Yokohama showed just how superbly adaptable he has become.

A weak pool detracted a little from the meaning of this game, but it was still a titanic battle.

The All Blacks hate losing any test, and needed to put a dent in South Africa's confidence.


The Springboks have designed a whole system to beat them, using the so-called rush defence which takes rugby's lax offside officiating to new levels