Bok hero Morne Steyn refused to take all the credit for his side’s 31-19 win at King’s Park.
Steyn scored a try, a conversion and eight penalties, but was typically humble after the game.
‘Practice went really well during the week and things went as well today,’ he said. ‘We were ready for the rain and expected the win to blow, so that wasn’t really a problem. I was a bit disappointed to miss that last kick but happy with the rest of them.
‘A lot of credit has to go to the forwards, though. Any No 10 would love to be in a side like this.’
John Smit, who played in his world record 60th Test as captain, was delighted with the win.
‘Individual milestones have perhaps been a distraction for us in the past, but we spoke beforehand about how they are actually a reflection of how well we have done as a team. However, to win today in front of my home crowd is an awesome feeling.’
Smit said the Boks had decided to go back to basics for the Tri-Nations.
‘We didn’t want to play too much rugby from inside our own half. We have a 9, 10 and 15 all with monster boots, and the kicking game worked well today.’
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw praised the Boks for the way they put his side under pressure.
‘The Boks kicked really well and pinned us inside our own half,’ he said. ‘We then conceded penalties that cost us points, and the more mistakes we made the more the pressure built.’