New Zealand opened their 2011 Tri-Nations campaign with a clinical display against the second string Boks in Wellington. The All Blacks went in to half-time leading 18-7, thanks to a penalty from Carter plus tries from Wyatt Crocket, Zac Guildford and Cory Jane. John Smit went over for the Boks only try of the game on 29 minutes and Morne Steyn converted.
The second period and for a while the Boks competed, but they ran out of steam and the Kiwis went on to post the final high score of:
New Zealand 40-7 South Africa
New Zealand: Tries: Guildford 2, Jane 2, Crockett, Slade Cons: Carter 2 Pens: Carter 2
South Africa: Try: Smit Con: Steyn
New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Zac Guildford; Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Wyatt Crockett, Andrew Hore, Ben Franks; Sam Whitelock, Ali Williams; Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Adam Thomson. Replacements: Corey Flynn, John Afoa, Jarrad Hoeata, Liam Messam, Piri Weepu, Colin Slade, Sonny Bill Williams.
South Africa: Patrick Lambie; Bjorn Basson, Adi Jacobs, Juan de Jongh, Lwazi Mvovo; Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar; Dean Greyling, John Smit (capt), Werner Kruger; Gerhard Mostert, Alistair Hargreaves; Deon Stegmann, Jean Deysel, Danie Rossouw. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, CJ van der Linde, Ryan Kankowski, Ashley Johnson, Charl McLeod, Wynand Olivier, Odwa Ndungane.