'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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