The Springboks played with aplomb and daring to score four tries, but defended with leaden feet and a lack of composure to concede five as the All Blacks beat them 38-27 and won the Rugby Championship at Ellis Park on the weekend.
With both teams chasing a bonus point, they were eager to have a crack with ball in hand and the result was an enthralling spectacle, even if the outcome was New Zealand once again winning with something to spare.
If the disappointed Springboks are to go away from Ellis Park with anything, it is the knowledge (confirmed by several All Blacks) that they had severely stressed the defensive patterns of the New Zealanders and, were it not for some infuriatingly soft moments in defence, the home side could well have come away with the spoils.
The likes of Kieran Read, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick and Conrad Smith left buckets of sweat out on the Ellis Park pitch as they simply refused to continue their two-match losing streak at South Africa's most intimidating venue.
Even when Messam and Ben Franks were yellow-carded and off the field, the Springboks could make little headway....