A 55-metre Patrick Lambie penalty gave South Africa a thrilling 27-25 Rugby Championship victory over New Zealand Saturday, condemning the world champions to a first defeat in almost two years.
The All Blacks had turned an 11-point second-half deficit into a one-point lead before Liam Messam fouled Schalk Burger and Lambie became an instant star with his monster kick.
Victory before a sell-out 62,000 Ellis Park crowd ended a run of five consecutive losses by the Springboks against the All Blacks, who surrendered a world record 22-match unbeaten run.
It was not the result New Zealand skipper and flanker Richie McCaw would have wished for as he made a record 134th appearance for his country.
“The crowd were unbelievable and we played really well in the first half,” said Springboks skipper and centre Jean de Villiers.