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The All Blacks' dominance in 2010 made it exceptionally difficult to pick a moment that defined what has come to be known as one of the most dominant rugby teams of all time. In 2010 they defeated South Africa, Australia and Wales three times each, Ireland twice and England and Scotland once each, while losing just one game in the last minute to Australia. They claimed the Tri-Nations, Bledisloe Cup and successfully completed the fourth Grand Slam Tour in their 107-year history.
But for me, the match where they toppled the Springboks at Soccer City in Soweto stands out as the most defining moment of the season.
It was always going to be the toughest assignment of the season, playing in front of 94,000 screaming Springbok fans, against a Springbok team after revenge after being humiliated twice earlier in the year. To go with this John Smit was to become just the second Springbok to play 100 tests in this match, giving South Africa extra incentive. Throw in a century of history and the All Black-Springbok rivalry and everything was set for a classic showdown.
It was possibly the most inspired Springbok team since the great 1995 team and it would be a near impossible feat to beat them.
But the All Blacks did. Trailing 22-14 late in the game, they were able to put together some truly scintillating rugby in the dying stages. With the score tied at 22 all with time up on the clock, Ma'a Nonu broke the Springbok line and delivered a pin-point pass to new boy Israel Dagg who touched down for a famous win.
While the All Blacks will be remembered more for their dominance of the entire year of 2010, this win had historical significance and such was the drama in the last minutes of the game, will always be remembered as one of the top sporting moments of 2010.