Willie Le Roux, Malcolm Marx and Cheslin Kolbe crossed on Saturday night for the visitors, who had lost their previous two matches and been under huge 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. "Our main thing is effort", said South Africa captain Siya Kolisi. We don't think we are better than New Zealand‚ who we rate very highly. But now to come here and see that we could've lost this game, we're not foolish, we know this game could've gone totally against us in the last few seconds. It would be unrealistic to expect them [Springboks] to get within 15 points of this All Blacks side, in this Rugby Championship, in this Wellington.
The Springboks started poorly, going 12-0 down inside the first 20 minutes as Jordie Barrett and Smith were put over as the All Blacks showcased their superb ability to offload under pressure.
At half time the Springboks were leading 24-17 with tries from Aphiwe Dyantyi, Willie Le Roux and Malcolm Marx, while Handre Pollard landed three conversions and a penalty.
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Erasmus said that he does not want to talk too much about a Cosatu (the Congress of South African Trade Unions) accusing the coach on Friday of treating black players in the team "like second class citizens".
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.