Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Boks break nine-year hoodoo by beating All Blacks at home

Boks break nine-year hoodoo by beating All Blacks at home

Two thousand and nine was the odd year when the Springboks recorded their last win against New Zealand in the Land of the Long White Cloud but Wellington (Athletic Park) was the venue of South Africa's first professional era win against New Zealand 20 years ago.

'Of my coaching career, definitely, ' Erasmus said when asked if it was the best win of his career.

The Springboks pulled off a stunning performance characterised by grit and determination to hand the All Blacks their first defeat in the Rugby Championship at home since 2009.

"The boys showed guts and I'm so glad for them. They played particularly well and took all the chances that were there", coach Steve Hansen said. "The dressing room is sombre, very quiet. but its important we learn something, otherwise it's waste of time". We have a lot of hard work to do'.

As the All Blacks hammered away at the line, just two points in arrears, a dropped goal was on the cards a couple of times.

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"You've got to give them all the credit in the world the way they defended in that second half", All Blacks captain Kieran Read said.

New Zealand opened the scoring after five minutes when Jordie Barrett touched down after he got a pop pass from his brother Beauden following an attacking lineout that caught the South African defence napping. At first they tore the Springboks apart, but then they fell apart, gifting their visitors two tries that were the equivalent of own goals.

Immediately after the resumption, the Springboks extended their lead to 31-17, cashing in when replacement wing Cheslin Kolbe picked off a pass from Anton Lienert-Brown to Ioane and raced 40 metres to the line.

But, despite a relentless spell of pressure, the All Blacks, who would have retained the title with a bonus-point victory, could not find the final score, with Beauden Barrett left to reflect on a rare off day in which he missed four conversions - including two relatively simple efforts that hit the post in the second half.

Taylor and Savea crossed from lineout drives to set up a nail-biting finish that ended when Damian McKenzie lost the ball in a tackle.

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