The former Springbok loose forward's side, which had lost to Argentina and then Australia on their travels, faced an All Blacks team brimming with confidence and with an eye on wrapping up their third successive Rugby Championship title with two games to spare.
Willie Le Roux, Malcolm Marx and Cheslin Kolbe also crossed for the visitors, who had lost their previous two matches and been under huge pressure heading into the game.
"I have no words, I can't say much. We've got to catch up with Australia and England, there are so many teams ahead of us there's no way we can get ahead of ourselves", he added.
"We were playing against the All Blacks and it was very tough out there and you know the rivalry between the two nations is titanic". It would be unrealistic to expect them [Springboks] to get within 15 points of this All Blacks side, in this Rugby Championship, in this Wellington.
The problem with wanting to do everything at speed, however, resulted in poor decision making with the Springboks pouncing on errors deep inside All Blacks territory to score three unanswered tries within 11 minutes to earn a 21-12 lead.
At half time the Springboks were leading 24-17 with tries from Aphiwe Dyantyi, Willie Le Roux and Malcolm Marx, while Handre Pollard landed three conversions and a penalty.
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Captain Kieran Read said there was talk on the field about a drop goal, but the option to continue the attack was chosen.
However, New Zealand's Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea crossed from lineout drives to set up a tense finish.
"We will definitely enjoy this win because not many teams come here and win‚ but we still have a lot of work to do".
"We threw everything at them, my boys kept working hard but the South Africans defended outstandingly well and deserved their win".