GoBokke! South Africa WINS 1st Rugby Test Against New Zealand In New Zealand in 9 Years
The Springboks have won their first Test in New Zealand in nine years, beating New Zealand 36-34 in Wellington.
South Africa held the half-time lead in a tit-for-tat affair and the usually inevitable All Blacks' back-end blitz never really came in what was a truly enthralling Test.
The Springboks' monumental defence kept the All Blacks out when they would normally score straightforward tries.
A yellow card for Willie Le Roux left the Springboks a man down and gave New Zealand had a chance to even the scores in the 75th minute but flyhalf Beauden Barrett missed the conversion of Ardie Savea's try, making the equation two points with five minutes to go.
The All Blacks had possession for more than two minutes after full-time and threatened to score a drop goal but opted instead to play attacking phase and a Damian McKenzie knock on deep in attack sealed the deal for the Springboks.
South Africa's win keeps the Rugby Championship up for grabs with two rounds left.
THE SPRINGBOKS have pulled off a win for the ages taking down world champions All Blacks on home soil.
After taking a 24-17 lead into half time — the most points the All Blacks ever conceded in a first half on home soil — the Springboks hung on for a famous 36-34 win at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
Rated $8 outsiders, the upset victory was arguably the biggest upset Test victory since Eddie Jones’ Japan beat the Springboks in their opening match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The victory snapped a six-match losing streak against the All Blacks dating back to 2014.
Making the victory all the more incredible was that the All Blacks had won 56 of their previous 57 Tests, with their only previous loss during that run coming at the hands of the British and Irish Lions at the same venue in July, 2017.
“I’m very happy for the effort today,” Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the boys, and the way we carried ourselves this week and the way we worked hard and believed in ourselves…I have no words.”