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Two-time defending champion New Zealand began its 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign with a statement win over South Africa on Saturday night, but head coach Steve Hansen thinks it will count for little when the business end of the tournament begins in the knockout round.

The All Blacks came through a clash of the titans at International Stadium Yokohama with a 23-13 victory over title rival South Africa, after two quickfire tries midway through the first half turned the match in their favor and gave the Springboks too much to do in the second half.

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