Not a lot to complain about in that first half, it had it all. Tries, fights, sin bins, crunching tackles, raking kicks and of course scrum breakdowns. The ABs are worthy of their lead but the Boks may feel hard done by.
The major talking point of the half was when Bismarck du Plessis smashed Carter early in the match and recieved a yellow card. On first impressions, I thought it looked late and high, but after seeing the replay numerous times from numerous angles, the tackle was fair. But despite the TMO sharing my view, referee Romain Poite decided to send Bismarck to the bin.
The ABs scored while he was off the park, and ultimately that one try has been the difference. Plenty to look forward to in the second half. Don't go anywhere.
We are back underway now and there have been a few halftime changes. Charles Piutau is on for Israel Dagg.
There has been a high injury toll in this one and now Liam Messam is down clutching what looks like his sternum.
Bismarck is the man at the centre of the storm again. He threw out an elbow as Messam went to tackle him. Looks ugly.
The voice from upstairs confirms that is it is a dangerous play. Bismarck du Plessis has been sent off!
Wow, what a night for Bismarck. Two yellow cards and a try, all before 42 minutes.
So, now we are down to 14 v 15 for the rest of the match. The path to victory for the Boks has just got a whole lot trickier.
If they somehow do win, it will go down as one of the greats.
Bismarck can't really have too many complaints about that second yellow. He charged at Messam with his forearm aimed at his face.
ABs put the pressure straight back onto South Africa. Nonu with another great little kick in behind that the Boks can not clear from their in-goal. ABs scrum from five metres.
Aaron Smith fires a pass out to Barrett. He is brought down but READ IS NOT. Try All Blacks!
Kieran Read once again. Picked the ball up from a clever pass from Aaron Smith from 5m out, put his head down and charged over the line.
Barrett converts from right infront. ABs lead 24-10.
The score could very easily blow out now. The Boks are looking tired and hurt, the ABs full of fight. But make no mistake, the ref has played a very big role tonight.
Another swift All Blacks move ends in a turnover. Barrett has been superb since he came on for Carter. He has made line breaks, been on point with his boot and added another dimension in attack.
Thirty minutes to go now and South Africa are down to 14 men, and trail by 14 points . That is the harsh reality of the situation, and short of a miracle, there is no coming back tonight.
Job well done for Dane Coles as he is replaced by Keven Mealamu.