Springboks beat All Blacks at home

Springboks beat All Blacks at home

That was the reaction of Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus following his side's epic, come-from-behind win against the All Blacks in a Rugby Championship match played at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington yesterday.

South Africa's 36-34 win was a timely reminder, then - nearly exactly a year out from the next World Cup - that everyone is beatable.

"We were very close to losing three games in a row and that puts a lot of pressure on the team".

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen will be ruing the fact his team gifted the Boks 14 points through two intercept tries, scored by Cheslin Kolbe and Willie le Roux, and a further eight missed points by his own team, following missed conversion kicks by Beauden Barrett.

After the fourth round of the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks have 16 points, followed by South Africa on 10, with Argentina third with eight points after beating Australia who are last with five points.

"We can't get ahead of ourselves because we still have two matches to play back at home. We still have a lot of work to do, and the All Blacks will be fuming when they come to Pretoria (on October 6)".

"I's an awesome day for the team and an awesome day for South Africa", captain Siya Kolisi said.

"Throughout the week‚ we focused on not switching off at any moment in the game because if you do that they will pounce on you‚" he said.

"We can be as hurt as we like, it's not going to change the result".

"I'm very pleased. It's been a very tough weeks for the boys".

New Zealand outscored the Springboks six tries to five, but while Beauden Barrett had an off night with the boot, South African pivot Handre Pollard was successful with five out of six shots at goal.

However, the next 20 minutes were perhaps the best for the Springboks in recent times as they replied with three tries after wing Aphiwe Dyantyi, fullback Willie le Roux and hooker Malcolm Marx all dotted down.