Boks back on track after New Zealand victory: Erasmus

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 16, 2018

The Boks survived a late onslaught from the All Blacks‚ who tried to steal the match in the dying seconds‚ to win by two points and register their first win over the bitter rivals since 2009 and refresh their Rugby Championship hopes.

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus on Thursday erred on the side of caution in naming his side for Saturday's Super Rugby meeting with the All Blacks.

'Our big thing was - and all respect to New Zealand - when we started the planning we said one way of coming back [from a couple of poor seasons] was beating New Zealand in New Zealand and that was months ago.

"We were very close to losing three in a row, and that puts pressure on a team and takes belief away", he said. But now to come here and see that we could've lost this game, we're not foolish, we know this game could've gone totally against us in the last few seconds.

"We are relieved and proud that we have beaten New Zealand in New Zealand".

The All Blacks have been exceptional for the last decade, and we [Springboks] have probably been going through one of our worst spells in a 100-year history.

"No one beats them here, so we're very privileged to be one of those teams".

'We are far off [the All Blacks] and got a lot of work to do. I think we showed a little bit of what we can do tonight.

Erasmus praised his side's defensive effort as they made over 200 tackles in the match to keep the All Blacks from scoring a potential victor.

"A key factor was putting the All Blacks under pressure - it is not a situation they are used to dealing with".

'The game nowadays is so quick, there is a transition where somebody scores a try out of nothing.

'There was always that last pass that New Zealand could have stuck and they could have given us a massive hiding.

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