A late try by Ricky Januarie left the All Blacks reeling in Dunedin at the weekend, after they had assumed the lead with ten minutes to go and looked certain to win after the Springboks were reduced to 14 men.
The World Champions proved their worth with a gritty hard-fought display to earn a first victory on New Zealand soil in ten years.
After all the bitter off-field wrangling that went on last week, Peter de Villiers’ men will enjoy the bragging rights until the third Tri-Nations fixture between the two sides takes place on 16th August in South Africa.
The Boks certainly seem to deserve their ranking at the top of world rugby, after their demolition of the Six Nations champions last month and this latest away victory.
This will come as a blow to the All Blacks, who now aren’t even the best team in the world between World Cups.