Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

South Africa set new Test record in stunning All Blacks upset

South Africa set new Test record in stunning All Blacks upset

The Springboks beat New Zealand 36-34 in their Rugby Championship match at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday.

"That's not why we lost the game, we lost the game because we allowed South Africa to score 36-points and that is something that we can control as a team".

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.

Still New Zealand came, and South Africa held up their opponents on the line before Damian McKenzie knocked on at the last to end a breathless encounter and bring tears of joy to some of the visiting contingent. "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".

"We should be proud of ourselves but plenty more work to do". Tonight's their night and they should enjoy that.

"It's a team game and in this case I know that Beauden is feeling it and he'll be disappointed but he'll (Barrett) maybe come out next week and kick 100 per cent", he said. "That's the way goalkicking is".

Had a penalty been awarded it would have been in front of the posts and a near certain three points, but there was no reaction from the whistleblower.

Erasmus said his plan was to ensure that he had an entire squad that he could trust to implement the game plan without a drop in level or intensity next year in Japan, and he would continue to do that in their remaining 10 Tests by giving his players the opportunities to prove themselves.

The Boks came back stronger from the break as they further increased their lead to 14 points through substitute Cheslin Kolbe who touched down for his first worldwide try after he came on for Lukhanyo Am.

Not to be outdone, his counterpart Dyantyi scored his second moments later, before New Zealand hooker Codie Taylor rumbled over from a rolling maul to ensure a mouth-watering final 20 minutes.

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