But they held on to finish the southern hemisphere championship with a 100 percent success rate for a second successive year.
The next challenge is finding consistency and matching this type of ferociously focused performance every time they take to the field. "They don't seem to have any weak areas, so we will have to show that we've learnt from our experience in Albany", Coetzee said.
"The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks".
Add to the mix that Coetzee has made a few interesting changes for the Test after drawing with Australia for the second time in their Rugby Championship campaign, and the fact that the All Blacks are unbeaten in five matches in the competition, and you soon realise what an uphill battle the Boks are facing.
"We saw that we have to be in the right mind set when we play them, otherwise we're vulnerable. We kicked well, we only had one contestable that did not work out and in the end, we were two points short".
"We had them under pressure at times, but you can not give the ball away against New Zealand", Coetzee added.
'While we've played some rugby for 80 minutes and played really well, there's been other games where we've played for 60 and clocked off.
He was instrumental on defence and with ball in hand and also won several penalties at the breakdown which got the Springboks out of trouble on countless occasions.
"To do that you've got to play a good team".
Their next assignment is a dead rubber Bledisloe Cup test against a Wallabies outfit who are the big movers on the latest rankings released by World Rugby.
"Guys like Siya Kolisi, Malcom Marx and Eben Etzebeth are leading from the front and they were outstanding today". That is what we are looking for.
Over 90 minutes (the first half ran to 50 minutes) the Boks were the better team. "The year is not over, we still have four matches left and will continue to seek improvement in those".
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