On Saturday, South Africa pulled off a huge upset defeating New Zealand by 36-34 in the Rugby Championship in Wellington, their first away victory over the All-Blacks since 2009.
The test match was a fascinating affair which saw the Springboks rise to the occasion and hold off a New Zealand team who had been unbeaten in their previous four games in the Rugby Championship.
Aphiwe Dyantyi grabbed two tries for Rassie Erasmus’s men who were let off the hook on occasion thanks to some stray place kicking from All-Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett.
Following the game, the New Zealand players were obviously and visibly disappointed as captain Kieran Reed consoled many of his team-mates who are far from used to the sting of defeat in an All-Blacks jersey.
“Obviously we conceded 36 points, it’s very hard to win when you do that,” began Reed.
“I think early on we let them get a lot of momentum through their ball-carriers and that allowed them to go forward and they played off that really well.
“It was something we tried to stop and we did that in patches, probably a lot better in the second half.
“It’s one of those ones it was a great test match but tonight we just came out on the wrong side
“Obviously, the boys are gutted and rightly so.”
The All-Blacks will be looking to bounce back with a win against Argentina on September 29th.