Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

South Africa shock New Zealand in Rugby Championship

South Africa shock New Zealand in Rugby Championship

The Springboks pulled off a stunning performance characterised by grit and determination to hand the All Blacks their first defeat in the Rugby Championship at home since 2009.

Willie Le Roux, Malcolm Marx and Cheslin Kolbe also crossed for the visitors, who had lost their previous two matches and been under enormous pressure heading into the game.

Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea pulled the All Blacks back into the game in the closing stages but Beauden Barrett missed the two conversions as the Boks hung on for dear life for this famous‚ stirring and magnificent victory. Joe Schmidt's men will be just 2.4 points behind the World Champions, with the pair set to clash in November. "Then we lost those two games in a row and you lose some belief, but we always targeted this game to say "we can turn things (around) and be real contenders at the World Cup".

"I am not foolish - this game could have gone totally against us in the dying seconds and we were a little bit lucky‚" Erasmus said after the Test at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

The problem with wanting to do everything at speed, however, resulted in poor decision making with the Springboks pouncing on errors deep inside All Blacks territory to score three unanswered tries within 11 minutes to earn a 21-12 lead.

Jordie Barrett and Aaron Smith tries helped the All Blacks lead 12-0 but Aphiwe Dyantyi, Willie Le Roux and Malcolm Marx hit back for South Africa.

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"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".

"We threw everything at them, my boys kept working hard but the South Africans defended outstandingly well and deserved their win".

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