This result has also denied the Boks their third Test win in succession and they will have to raise their game for the end of the year tour where they are up against England France, Scotland and Wales in Europe in November. It was tough and I am really proud of the boys.
"You think back a couple of weeks ago we didn't manage the game that well".
All Blacks doctor Tony Page said Cane had a small fracture in a vertebrae on the lower right side of the neck but hasn't suffered from any nerve damage, something that could have caused long term problems.
But that did not translate to the scoreboard as the teams went into the break at 6-6 after two penalties each, with New Zealand's robust and intelligent defence keeping them in the game.
The All Blacks came from 30-13 down to snatch the win but it is the effort that the Boks delivered in the first hour that would have planted some doubt in Kiwi minds that they aren't dead certs to win next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Referee Angus Gardner warned New Zealand, who named Ryan Crotty as a late replacement in the side with Jack Goodhue unwell, about their persistent indiscipline as they came under increasing pressure and Pollard doubled the Springboks' lead from in front of the posts after desperate defending denied them an opening try. Coach Steve Hansen has told Sky the win showed a lot of fight.
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"I remember from when I was in Ireland, seeing New Zealand come back against the Irish from an impossible position, so I never thought the game was in the bag, even with five minutes to go", he said. But we dug deep, refused to give up and sometimes if you keep on knocking at the door, someone will open it.
"I have got to be so careful (about) saying positive things after a loss in South Africa".
"Everybody who watched tonight ... some will be disappointed, but they can't be disappointed in the rugby that was played".
"It's obviously really disappointing for Sammy and his family but the pleasing news is he's been given great medical care from the time of the injury and best of all he's going to be able to get a full recovery and play again", Hansen said.
"There are a few things we need to sort out next week", Hansen said, adding he was confident they had the necessary cover.
"We want to grow day by day and week by week and we desperately want to beat the Springboks this weekend".