South Africa, for whom Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two of five tries, can now look back on a famous win - their first over the All Blacks since 2014 - that saw them rack up their highest points tally in New Zealand.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus on Thursday erred on the side of caution in naming his side for Saturday's Super Rugby meeting with the All Blacks.
"That was a month ago".More news: Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics
"We were very close to losing three in a row, and that puts pressure on a team and takes belief away", he said.
Few had given the Springboks any chance of winning Saturday's game, having lost their last two matches and seemingly dropped below the standard that drove them to a 2-1 series win over England in June.
"So‚ we targeted this game to say can we turn things around and become contenders during the World Cup". But we are very relieved and very proud to beat New Zealand in New Zealand.More news: Klopp's Liverpool make solid case for the defence
The All Blacks have been exceptional for the last decade, and we [Springboks] have probably been going through one of our worst spells in a 100-year history."We could have lost but it gives us confidence because no one beat them here".
"Everything we are saying here is not us boasting because we have the outmost of respect to New Zealand". There are so many teams ahead of us, there is no way we can get ahead of ourselves.
Erasmus praised his side's defensive effort as they made over 200 tackles in the match to keep the All Blacks from scoring a potential victor. We scored tries from nothing and had to defend for what felt like hours.More news: Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun resigns
"When we started the planning for this match‚ we said we must try to beat them at home because we were at the back of two losses against Argentina and Australia and lost some belief". It was a good gutsy effort defensively but I also thought the system was good'.
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