"I learnt a lot, not just about the players, but about myself as a coach", said Erasmus.
"It tells me that if you do a few things right and give a few more caps‚ we will have a chance at the World Cup next year".
Three weeks ago in Wellington, New Zealand dominated a game it somehow couldn't find a way to win, giving the Springboks and the rest of the rugby world hope that the All Blacks might be vulnerable when they seek a third straight Rugby World Cup title in a year's time. It would stay with his team for a long time, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said. "Never giving in. Keep knocking on the door".
The Springboks started the second half in the best possible way as Jesse Kriel scored the first try of the afternoon after he got the better of Ryan Crotty on the edge of the try line with Pollard managing to find the middle of the poles with his conversion in the 43rd minute.
The Springboks led by 12 points with four minutes to play on Saturday, but after lock Scott Barrett brought the visitors to within one score of their hosts, they showed their experience to set up an attacking lineout from which Savea burrowed over.
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Winger Rieko Ioane sped into the corner unmarked in the 62nd and New Zealand scored 19 points in the last 20 minutes while keeping the Springboks scoreless.
"Everybody who watched tonight ... some will be disappointed, but they can't be disappointed in the rugby that was played".
Rassie Erasmus says the Springboks are progressing very well and will be one of the top sides at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.
"You have got to have belief deep down that you can back".
"We let it go at the end, they were more alert than us", Kolisi said.