After the shock of a draw when they were ahead and clearly in command just for the Springboks to pull off an unlikely 16-all draw, the All Blacks and their supporters are extremely concerned about the injury to their lock Brodie Retallick, perhaps the best in his position in the world.
No news of the injury was available shortly after the match except that it is feared that he has dislocated his shoulder. The immediate indications were that the New Zealand management feared that he could miss the World Cup.
He was cleared out in a ruck in the 60th minute by RG Snyman who seemed to be standing in front of his team’s last feet, as did Retallick.
After the aggressive clear-out, Retallick remained on the ground and then walked off the field in obvious agony, holding his arm.
The Springboks, on their part, lost Faf de Klerk shortly into the second half with a knock to the head. He went off for the head injury assessment but didn’t return after a good match behind the Springbok pack.
Herschel Jantjies, who replaced him, didn’t put a foot wrong and scored the equalising try.