'Belief' made the difference for the Springboks, says All Black coach


"I'd say that affected the tackle count too because we made a hell of a lot of them so I'm not sure why we didn't kick it out, but we'll talk about that come another day".

Despite the result - South Africa's sixth loss in a row against New Zealand - the word "rivalry" has been restored to the lexicon of Boks versus All Black contests after the Boks lost 57-0 in Albany three weeks ago.

'What we saw tonight was if everyone is in the right mindset the Boks are a very good team. "They always turn up when we play them in this country".

Hansen said he expected a backlash from the Springboks, who were heavily criticised by their fans after their record defeat at North Harbour Stadium.

But whether by 57 points or one, New Zealand found a way to win and cap another masterly tournament.

"I'm really proud for a young team that we have been able to grow and to get the win".

The champs also came through after losing playmaker Beauden Barrett to a head knock midway through the first half, and risky winger Nehe Milner-Skudder to a dislocated right shoulder at the end of the half.

"We want to finish the Championship on a high note, every test is important for us", Read told a news conference after the All Blacks concluded their preparations for their last game of this year's southern hemisphere championship.

With the All Blacks leading 8-3 at half time, the Springboks levelled the match shortly after the break and looked to be dominating until winger Reiko Ioane intercepted a Ross Cronje's pass inside New Zealand's 22 to run the length of the field and put the All Blacks back in control.

Coetzee will now switch his focus to South Africa's tour of Europe in November and December, when they play Tests against Ireland, France, Italy and Wales.

"It'll give our younger players who haven't been in that situation before a little bit of belief that even though it's tough, you can find a way", Hansen said.