Top Boks have NZ’s number

Barbarians captain Victor Matfield says it was an ‘awesome’ experience to beat the All Blacks at Twickenham.

For Matfield and other senior Boks in the Baa-Baas outfit, it was the fourth time this year that they had been on the winning side against New Zealand.

‘It’s an amazing feeling,’ Matfield told stuff.co.nz. ‘This whole week we heard about the tradition of Baa-Baas’ rugby and we watched a bit of that game [from 1973, the only other time the Barbarians have beaten the All Blacks].

‘We said before the match it was one of the best weeks we’ve had as professional rugby players, having a lot of fun getting to know each other. Then the guys went out and played like professionals. They put their bodies on the line to play for the traditions the Baa-Baas stand for.’

Bok wing Bryan Habana was the Barbarians’ star player, scoring all three of their tries.

‘I’m not going to lie to you, they were probably some of the easiest tries I’ve scored in a while,’ he said. ‘It’s good, the All Blacks haven’t conceded one try in the last seven weeks, so to go out and score three was a real bonus, to cross the chalk three times is pretty special.’

Barbarians coach Nick Mallett said the South Africans had worked out how to beat the All Blacks, and it had nothing to do with kicking.

‘The All Blacks are big strong boys and they love momentum, but if you can take that away from them, especially with your defence, then you have a chance.’