New Zealand have tightened their grip on the Tri-Nations rugby union championship, with a 55-35 victory over South Africa at Eden Gardens in Auckland on Saturday.
The All Blacks out scored the Springboks by seven tries to five, in an exciting and at times violent match.
New Zealand set several new records as they overwhelmed South Africa 55-35 in the latest Tri-Nations series match, which was marred by the sending off of Springbok flanker Andre Venter.
The All Blacks maintained their 100 per cent record in the tournament by fighting back from 21-11 down to register their highest ever total against South Africa, who conceded more than 50 points for the first time in their history.
It was also New Zealand's biggest winning margin against the Springboks and conversely it was the South Africans highest score against the All Blacks.
South Africa took advantage of a slow start by the home side to score the opening try through Ruben Kruger, who was later substituted with a serious knee injury.
The visitors established a 21-11 lead after half an hour thanks to further tries from captain Gary Teichmann and Percy Montgomery, while Alama Ieremia responded for New Zealand with their opening try.
But the All Blacks hit back in the closing stages of the first half with two tries from Christian Cullen and Carlos Spencer which gave them a half-time lead of 23-21.
The second half saw South Africa reduced to 14 men after Venter was dismissed for stamping on the New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick.
South Africa trailed 29-21 at that point and from then on New Zealand took full advantage of the extra man.
There were further touch downs from Cullen, Justin Marshall, Taine Randell and Tana Umaga as the All Blacks passed the half century mark.
South Africa had the final say when Pieter Roussouw went over in the final minute to score the Springboks' 5th try, which earned them a bonus point.
That was scant consolation for the world champions who remain at the foot of the table with three defeats from three games.