The former Springbok loose forward's side, which had lost to Argentina and then Australia on their travels, faced an All Blacks team brimming with confidence and with an eye on wrapping up their third successive Rugby Championship title with two games to spare.
The victory was the Springboks' first over the All Blacks anywhere since 2014, and it was New Zealand's first defeat in the Rugby Championship since 2015.
"There's no way we can get ahead of ourselves", he added.
The All Blacks, who remain head of the table with two rounds to play, dominated possession but were stunned by the strong South African defence.
"We can be as hurt as we like, it's not going to change the result".
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"If you look at the past two Tests where we lost to Argentina and Australia‚ we had many chances and did not capitalise on a lot of them". Tonight's their night and they should enjoy that. "The dressing room is sombre, very quiet. but its important we learn something, otherwise it's waste of time". We are definitely not where we want to be and the players and I know it. "That's the way goalkicking is".
Had a penalty been awarded it would have been in front of the posts and a near certain three points, but there was no reaction from the whistleblower.
"The game's about taking your opportunities and making sure the opposition don't and we didn't do that tonight".
'We could have lost it in the last second, but this gives us a lot of belief, which is a big compliment to New Zealand because nobody beats them here.
He also produced a possible match-saving tackle on the imposing Kieran Read‚ who spilled the ball‚ with the All Blacks captain in a good position to score a try and put South Africa under pressure.
"Congratulations to South Africa".
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