South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus had exaggeratedly suggested he could be looking for a new job if his side had lost to the All Blacks on Saturday.
Despite the shock loss, New Zealand remain favourites to win the Rugby Championship for a sixth time in seven attempts.
Though the Boks were impressive for this bonus-point victory against their bitter rivals in all facets of the game‚ they partly have All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett to thank as he missed four easy conversions that could have proved the difference.More news: Death toll rises to 7 as Florence pours on the rain
This is what happened to the All Blacks today as they lost to a South Africa side who were ranked 7th in the world before today's fixture.
Springboks: Willie le Roux, Jesse Kriel, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Warren Whiteley, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (c), Franco Mostert, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff.
"New Zealand have scored an average of 35 points when beating us in recent years so we had to get at least 36 - and that is exactly what the team did".More news: Cleveland Browns to cut ties with wide receiver Josh Gordon
A huge rolling drive saw Codie Taylor reduce the gap, Beauden Barrett inexplicably missing the conversion, before Le Roux was sin-binned for cynical offside with fewer than 15 minutes to play.
The last action of the half was by Pollard who calmly converted a penalty as the Springboks went to the break leading 24-17.
But New Zealand refused to lie down, with Ioane dotting down for his second try.More news: NYSC Scandal: Kemi Adeosun ‘Resigns’ As Nigeria’s Finance Minister
Erasmus, however, said the way his side defended on Saturday "for what felt like hours" - as they made 235 tackles to the All Blacks' 61 - showed they could now continue with their plan to ensure they challenge for next year's global showpiece in Japan. But Dyantyi had other ideas as he scored his second to give South Africa the advantage.