South Africa set new Test record in stunning All Blacks upset

Head Coach Rassie Erasmus of the Springboks looks on ahead of The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at Westpac Stadium

Meanwhile, the Springboks have lost their last two matches in the competition.

Few had given the Springboks any chance of winning Saturday's game, having lost their last two matches and seemingly dropped below the standard that drove them to a 2-1 series win over England in June. We were a bit lucky, but very relieved.

"So‚ we targeted this game to say can we turn things around and become contenders during the World Cup".

Two late tries nearly rescued this outstanding match for New Zealand, who outscored South Africa by six tries to five.

"No one beats them here, so we're very privileged to be one of those teams".

However, Erasmus was keen to remind everyone of the reality of where the Springboks are in the world rankings. We still have to catch up to New Zealand, Australia and England.

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"We should be proud of ourselves but plenty more work to do".

"Our squad of 31 and the management team knows exactly where we stand with one another".

Erasmus praised his side's defensive effort as they made over 200 tackles in the match to keep the All Blacks from scoring a potential victor.

Erasmus, however, said the way his side defended on Saturday "for what felt like hours" - as they made 235 tackles to the All Blacks' 61 - showed they could now continue with their plan to ensure they challenge for next year's global showpiece in Japan.

The Boks took the lead after 25 minutes as Le Roux intercepted Jordie Barrettt's pass from a lineout to score a try that was converted by Pollard as the visitors took a two-point lead.

He added that even though the Boks managed to beat the All Blacks‚ they respect the New Zealanders and are now looking for round two at Loftus in three weeks' time. It was a good gutsy effort defensively but I also thought the system was good'.

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