VIDEO: All Blacks feeling pain of defeat
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP REACTION: New Zealand still have a comfortable six-point lead at the top of the standings, but they are feeling the pain of a rare defeat on home soil.
The Springboks scored an upset 36-34 win over the world champion All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.
South Africa’s first win in New Zealand since 2009 left the home side to chalk up their first Rugby Championship loss in three years.
It also snapped the visitors’ six-match losing streak to the All Blacks dating back to 2014.
New Zealand outscored the Springboks six tries to five, but while Beauden Barrett had an off night with the boot, South African pivot Handre Pollard was successful with five out of six shots at goal.
The All Blacks dominated possession, but were stunned by the strong South African defence.
Congratulations to South Africa,” New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said.
“They played particularly well and took all the chances that were there,” he added.
“We’re obviously disappointed and there are areas we have to work on.
“Anytime you lose it hurts.
“The dressing room is sombre, very quiet. but its important we learn something, otherwise, it’s waste of time.”
With time up and two points in arrears, the All Blacks aimed a series of forward drives at the line without reward, and then moved the ball wide where it was knocked on.
Captain Kieran Read said there was talk on the field about a drop-goal, but the option to continue the attack was chosen.