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Springboks beat All Blacks at home

Springboks beat All Blacks at home

South Africa's 36-34 win was a timely reminder, then - nearly exactly a year out from the next World Cup - that everyone is beatable.

The All Blacks' grip on the number one spot in the World Rugby rankings is beginning to loosen after their shock 34-36 loss to the Springboks in Wellington on Saturday.

"We were very close to losing three games in a row and that puts a lot of pressure on the team".

Though the Boks were impressive for this bonus-point victory against their bitter rivals in all facets of the game‚ they partly have All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett to thank as he missed four easy conversions that could have proved the difference.

The 36 points scored by the Boks is the most points any New Zealand side in history have conceded on home soil.

"The boys showed guts, and I am so glad for them", said Erasmus. "We've got to catch up with Australia and England, there are so many teams ahead of us there's no way we can get ahead of ourselves", he added. "Our main thing is effort", said South Africa captain Siya Kolisi. "We still have a lot of work to do, and the All Blacks will be fuming when they come to Pretoria (on October 6)".

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"We kept our focus and we really had belief", said the Bok leader.

"We can be as hurt as we like, it's not going to change the result".

Willie le Roux leaps into the air after kicking the ball out to clinch victory for the Springboks against the All Blacks.

New Zealand fell short following a tryline stand from the Springboks but Barrett left points on the board as he converted just two of his six shots at goal.

South Africa's win will catapult them up two place into fifth, with Australia set to drop the same amount of places down to seventh following their loss to Argentina.

Jordie Barrett and Aaron Smith tries helped the All Blacks lead 12-0 but Aphiwe Dyantyi, Willie Le Roux and Malcolm Marx hit back for South Africa.