The centenary game, 100 Tests in 100 years, carried extra expectation that Savea felt he could shut out, but it was difficult to forget about how the Springboks would be feeling under the weight of pressure on them.
"We've acknowledged that, and tried to worry about our own game. But, at the same time, [we] have in the back of our minds what is to come. Hopefully, we're ready and up for the challenge, but we'll just have to wait and see," he said.
Savea, who made his starting Test debut against the Springboks in 2016, said it was special to be part of a game that was another milestone in games between the two countries. He recounted that the game was so tough, he couldn't feel his body the next day.
"That's an example of how hard it is, and regardless of previous results, when the two nations collide, it is a big one.
"We all know what the South Africans are like, and how they play. They're very big physical men and they just want to dominate so it's an exciting challenge and hopefully something that we are ready for," he said.
Savea also acknowledged how they expected South Africa to play the game. They were expecting a few bombs and contestable kicks.
"We've talked about it, we've got a plan and hopefully our back three, and our team can help those guys defuse them."
Savea said he was aware the relationship between the countries hadn't always been rosy. There was a time when he wouldn't have been able to play against South Africa, but that was a reflection of life where there was good and bad and, a game like Saturday's, was a time to celebrate and reflect on the rich history of both nations.
"To see the brothers in Africa being able to play is pretty special, and to have one of them like Siya Kolisi to lead their country and their boys is amazing to see," he said.