'Unbelievable character' - Hansen

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Lynn McConnell     07 Oct 2018     Getty Images

Hansen told SKYSport he was a little dumbfounded immediately after the game because he felt for South Africa because they had played extremely well though he was also proud of the All Blacks' response.

Hansen said the side would take a lot of self-belief from the win because they had been down by a lot of points but had managed to show a lot of character in coming back to win.

"They're a young group and we've got five or six back at home to put back into the forward pack so it's been a good few weeks," he said.

It had been difficult coming from Argentina and then playing on the high veldt and after a disappointing first half they wanted to be first to things more in the second and to not get panicky and keep believing.

The ability to respond as they had came down to the environment that had them playing for, and trusting, each other no matter their experience.

They had, fortuitously, trained during the week with a scenario of being down in the last few moments, and it had happened, he said.

Captain Kieran Read said he was proud of the side's effort, as a lot of sides would have rolled over in the circumstances.

"We backed ourselves and kept going," he said.

Lapses had frustrated the All Blacks throughout and it had been a case of just continuing to back their plan and they were fortunate they had just enough time to get the win.

Read said the results of the two Tests showed the sides were equal, the winning margins in both games being two points, and it set things up perfectly for their Rugby World Cup contest in 12 months time.

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said while South Africa were disappointed the ability of the All Blacks to push all the way was the reason they were so great.

He felt his side played better in their loss in Pretoria than they had when winning three weeks earlier in Wellington.

But the All Blacks had been smart at the end of the Test to take the opportunity that won them the game.

Final try scorer Ardie Savea said to claim the win was almost surreal.

"When the Springboks scored their last try we just gathered together and there was still self-belief in us and we looked to Reado for guidance and he gave that to us and we just went on and did our job.

"They played fantastic out there today the Springboks, it was a true Test match and something special to be part of," he said.

Hooker Codie Taylor said the win was something the players would remember for a long time.

"It wasn't pretty but we'll take the win, it's never easy winning over here.

"You could definitely feel the crowd when South Africa were getting a good roll on, you could feel they were getting lifted by the crowd.

"We just said, every time we were in our huddles, to stick to our processes and nail our own roles and I think when it came to the crunch the boys really stepped up and the bench brought a massive impact tonight to get the job done," he said.

Taylor said they wanted to come back in the second half to beat South Africa to the pace but they hadn't managed to do that although they got there in the end.

"It was awesome to see the effort. We talked about how hard we were going to have to dig this week and it came right down to the last 10 seconds," he said.