South Africa have defeated New Zealand by 36-34 in a classic test match to secure their first victory away from home against the All-Blacks since 2009.
Rassie Erasmus’s men were going into this one as the heavy underdogs having been defeated by Australia in Brisbane in their last Rugby Championship game, but the Springboks were good value for their famous victory today in Wellington.
South Africa started the game strong and led at halftime by 24-17, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Willie Le Roux and Malcolm Marx all scoring tries for the Springboks with Handre Pollard landing three conversions and a penalty.
Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith and Rieko Ioane grabbed tries for the All-Blacks in the first 40 but the game really kicked into life in the second half as New Zealand looked to maintain their 100% record in this year’s Rugby Championship.
But South Africa got an early slice of luck as Cheslin Kolbe made an immediate impact by intercepting and scoring to extend the lead out to 31-17.
The two sides then exchanged tries, Rieko Ioane and a peach of a finish by Aphiwe Dyantyi, both of whom grabbed their second of the game.
All-Blacks hooker Corey Taylor then went over following poor discipline from Erasmus’s side but Barrett missed the conversion as the Springboks maintained their converted try lead.
A controversial yellow card to fullback Willie le Roux saw the Springboks reduced to 14 men and the All Blacks made the visitors pay, as Ardie Savea scored.
It looked as though Barrett would level with what looked to be a routine conversion, but the All-Blacks fly-half struck the post as South Africa held on for a famous victory.