'A lot of sides would have given up' - Steve Hansen, Kieran Read hail incredible All Blacks' comeback

The All Blacks were at a loss for words following their incredible 32-30 comeback victory over the Springboks in Pretoria today, sealing the win with a conversion after the siren.

Down 30-13 midway through the second half, tries to Rieko Ioane, Scott Barrett and Ardie Savea levelled the scores, before a nerveless conversion from Richie Mo'unga gave the All Blacks one of their all-time greatest wins.

Speaking to Sky Sport after the match, captain Kieran Read struggled to put his emotions into words.

"So proud of our men," Read said.

"A lot of sides would have just rolled over, but (we) backed ourselves, and just kept going. 

"We kept backing ourselves, backing what our plan was, fortunately enough, we had just enough time to do it."

Coach Steve Hansen echoed the sentiments of his captain, praising his team for their efforts.

"We'll get a lot of self belief out of this one," Hansen said.

"We were down by quite a lot there at one stage. To come back showed a lot of character.

"We just work for each other and work for the jersey."

The All Blacks face their arch-rivals in Pretoria tomorrow morning. Source: 1 NEWS


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