Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

South Africa set new Test record in stunning All Blacks upset

Springboks beat All Blacks at home Rugby Championship 2018: South Africa earn thrilling 36-34 win over New Zealand
Adrian Cunningham | 16 September, 2018, 17:41

The Springboks upset 36-34 win over the world champion All Blacks was rated "awesome" but "lucky" by the South Africans as they tempered celebrations in Wellington on Saturday.

It was the first loss by the All Blacks against South Africa in New Zealand since 2009 and kept the competition alive until at least the fifth round of games in two weeks' time.

The victory came after Erasmus' team lost back-to-back Tests against Argentina and Australia recently, which left the Boks and their coach under huge pressure going into yesterday's game.

The victory was the Springboks' first over the All Blacks anywhere since 2014, and it was New Zealand's first defeat in the Rugby Championship since 2015.

Hansen put a positive spin on the result saying it could benefit his side who remain at the head of the Rugby Championship table with two rounds to play.

"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 and be real contenders at the World Cup".

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"We can't get ahead of ourselves because we still have two matches to play back at home".

'If you look at our game against Argentina, we had 70% possession, they defended so well and beat us by 13 points. Tonight's their night and they should enjoy that. I know I didn't. "That's the way goalkicking is".

"The game's about taking your opportunities and making sure the opposition don't and we didn't do that tonight".

He also produced a possible match-saving tackle on the imposing Kieran Read‚ who spilled the ball‚ with the All Blacks captain in a good position to score a try and put South Africa under pressure.

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 global try after he came on for Lukhanyo Am.

"Congratulations to South Africa".