'Very proud' - Gracious Springboks coach humble in victory over All Blacks

South Africa's coach Rassie Erasmus revealed that his side has grown massive belief in being serious contenders for next year's World Cup after they defeated the All Blacks 36-34 in Wellington tonight.

The Springboks had lost their previous Rugby Championship matches to Australia and Argentina.

But the visitors pulled off a massive upset over New Zealand in a Test that went right down to the wire.

"We could've lost this game in the last minute - we are not foolish," Erasmus said a post-match press conference.

"We know that this game could've gone totally against us in the last few seconds, so we were a bit lucky.

"But we are very relieved and very proud to beat New Zealand in New Zealand."

The Springboks were reduced to just 14 men in the second spell when Willie le Roux was sent to the bin for a professional foul late in the second half.

"This gives us a lot of belief which is a big compliment to New Zealand because it is tough."

The humble South African coach said he was proud of his team's efforts and was extremely happy to have defeated the All Blacks on their home soil.

"Nobody beats them here so we are very privileged to be one of those teams."

The last time South Africa had won in New Zealand against the All Blacks was 2009.

Rassie Erasmus said the 36-34 win over New Zealand has given his side belief in competing for the Rugby Championship title. Source: 1 NEWS


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'That's not the reason why we lost' - Steve Hansen backs Beauden Barrett, says All Blacks defence not up to scratch against Springboks

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was quick to defend his first-five Beauden Barrett, saying his goal-kicking wasn't perfect but it was his side's defence that let them down against the Springboks.

The Springboks secured their first win on New Zealand soil since 2009 with a 36-34 win over the All Blacks in Wellington tonight.

Barrett had a horror night with the boot only converting two out of six shots at goal in his side's Rugby Championship match.

"We could sit here and turnaround and say we could have kicked a couple of goals and won the game," Hansen said at a post-match press conference.

"That's not why we lost the game, we lost the game because we allowed South Africa to score 36-points and that is something that we can control as a team."

The All Blacks coach said his side didn’t execute under presser and the visitors deserved their 36-34 win in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

The All Blacks coach said his side just weren't good enough on defence against the plucky Springboks.

"It's a team game and in this case I know that Beauden is feeling it and he'll be disappointed but he'll (Barrett) maybe come out next week and kick 100 per cent," he said.

"That's the way goalkicking is you can't carry that bag of coal around on your back all the time because it will kill ya.

"So whilst it would have been nice it just didn't happen tonight.

"As Foz (All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster) said it hit the post twice, it doesn't get much closer than that."

Barrett converted only two conversions from six in tonight's 36-34 loss to the Springboks. Source: 1 NEWS


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'No point b******* about that' - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen credits Springboks on win, doesn't blame officials for missed call

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted at tonight's press conference that he heard a call from a side-line official, saying the Springboks halfback and number eight were offside in the final moments of his side's Test match loss.

But Hansen believes had the referee in charge Nigel Owen heard the call he would have blown the whistle.

"I just heard the same thing you did, obviously Nigel (Owen) didn't hear it or he would have done something about it," Hansen told reporters.

South Africa pushed the All Blacks right till fulltime, earning themselves a 36-34 win over the home team at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Hansen said he holds no grudges against the officials and said South Africa deserved their victory.

"No point in me b******* about that, the game's about taking your opportunities and making sure the opposition don't.

"We didn't do that tonight, so the result is a credit to South Africa.

"I thought they played particularly well and we'll come out of it with a lot of things to work on.

"We'll leave Nige (Owen) out of it."

The All Blacks will take a week off before flying out to Buenos Aires where they will take on Argentina on September 30 in their next Rugby Championship match.

The All Blacks coach said his side didn’t execute under presser and the visitors deserved their 36-34 win in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS


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Brave Springboks hold off All Blacks to earn famous victory in Wellington

South Africa have edged the All Blacks 36-34 in their Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight.

It was the first time the Springboks had defeated the All Blacks in New Zealand since 2009.

The All Blacks had a chance to win the match in the final stages of the Test, but Damian McKenzie had the ball stripped from him with the Springboks booting the ball into touch to earn a famous victory in Wellington.

South Africa's winger Aphiwe Dyantyi was impressive scoring two superb tries in the Test, while Willie Le Roux, Malcolm Marx and Cheslin Kolbe also crossed the try-line for the visitors.

Rieko Ioane bagged a double for the All Blacks with Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith, Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea also scoring for New Zealand.

Beauden Barrett had a night to forget with the boot, only converting two out six shots at goal.


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Ireland legend hails NZ's rugby approach - 'I had no idea of their way of coaching'

Former Ireland first-five and current Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O'Gara has spoken about the superiority of coaching in New Zealand, having helped the Christchurch franchise to a second straight Super Rugby title.

O'Gara, 41, joined the Crusaders at the beginning of 2018, with his impact quickly noticed by fans as first-five Richie Mo'unga's performances showed the impact of the 128-Test veteran's influence.

Speaking to The Telegraph, O'Gara was full of praise towards the impact New Zealand rugby has had on him as a coach.

"The positivity of rugby in New Zealand has rubbed off on me," he says.

"It has changed me massively. It is intense but fascinating. I had no idea of their way of coaching. I was of the model of telling players. They don't believe in that."

"Their mantra is, 'Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.'

"New Zealanders are humble and they practise skills, running, passing. Simple things to say but complex actions on the field. But the players there come in every day with this desire to get better, every day."

O'Gara also went on to confidently assert that the All Blacks could be beaten, however victory on a consistent basis against the defending world champions is another proposition entirely.

"Of course, the All Blacks can be beaten. But consistently beaten? I don't know about that, I don't think the natural talent is any better than what we have here."

"One thing you know, though, is that the All Blacks will perform. It is up to the other nations to perform, too."

Ronan O'Gara Assistant Coach of the Crusaders  during the Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Hurricanes, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 25th May 2018.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Ronan O'Gara. Source: Photosport