The Springboks played their best rugby of 2018 against the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, but unfortunately they had nothing to show for their efforts on the scoreboard. The All Blacks found the sixth gear that allowed them to reel in a 12-point deficit in the last eight minutes, to beat SA 32-30 in a pulsating Test match. The result may have been everything for the disappointed capacity crowd, but Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus was happy with the team’s performance. Erasmus admitted that New Zealand’s experienced bench made all the difference. "It was one of the best tactical performances in a while because we spoke about the expected All Black backlash on our way back from Wellington. We looked back at the time when they lost to Ireland in the US and exacted revenge in Dublin. I was still at Munster at the time and I realised the need to match the All Blacks physically and tactically. ′A class team′ "I really thought we handled them physically and tactically for 72 min...

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