Tri Nations 2008
Reaction: Januarie brilliance seals thrilling Bok win
July 12, 2008
Jean de Villiers looks to pass during South Africa's Tri Nations victory over New Zealand at Carisbrook, July 12 2008
Jean de Villiers is pleased with the Springbok turnaround from last weekend © Getty Images

South Africa centre Jean de Villiers said the team were over the moon at having carved out tonight's historic win. "It took us a 100 years (to win in Dunedin) and it might take us another 100 years to win another one but we're ecstatic.

"The guys have been working hard on what we did wrong last week (in the first match) and we seemed to get it right today," said de Villiers who filled in as captain while Matfield was sinbinned.

"When we scored that (Januarie's) try we told ourselves three years ago we were in the same position and let it slip so we stuck to our guns today."

All Blacks skipper Rodney So'oialo said South Africa had played right to the end and stole the game away. "Obviously the territory wasn't that good for us -- we played at the wrong side of the field and got punished. The second half was a lot better than the first, unfortunately we couldn't put it away."

All Blacks coach Graham Henry said while he could not speak highly enough of his young team, he was disappointed to have lost.

" We showed lot of skill in the second half and we just didn't get enough points in the finish. It was a marvellous game of rugby (but) disappointing result.

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