#RWC2019: South Africa falls to New Zealand in Group B opener

[Image Courtesy: Springboks]

South Africa lost their opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup to New Zealand 23-10 on Saturday.

The Springboks begun the game strongly, going ahead in the first minute after Handrè Pollard converted a penalty.

The All Blacks leveled in similar circumstances in the 22nd minute, before two quick-fire tries from George Bridge and Beauden Barrett, each followed by successful conversions, put them ahead 17-3.

South Africa added 10 points in the second half while New Zealand managed 6 to secure a win.

The All Blacks are hunting for an unprecedented hat-trick of back-to-back World Cup victories, which would take their tally of titles to four, while the South Africans are hoping to lift the trophy for the third time.

The result puts New Zealand on top of Group B, though the other teams in the Group, Canada Italy and Namibia are yet to play.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup being hosted by Japan begun on Friday, and is scheduled to run until 2 October.