Though naturally disappointed at not coming away with the result, it was something of a moral victory for the South Africans after they suffered a humiliating 57-0 loss to the All Blacks at North Harbour last month, as well as a 57-14 drubbing when the teams met in the Republic during last season's competition.
Australia's second-place finish in this year's edition of the Rugby Championship has seen them climb to third in the rankings at the expense of Ireland and South Africa.
"He's going to play a lot of five-eighth, I'd suggest, for the Chiefs with Cruden gone", Hansen said earlier this week of the youngster, drawing comparisons with All Black great Dan Carter.
South Africa pulled back to 15-15, with tries from Ross Cronje and Jean-Luc du Preez sandwiching one from Rieko Ioane.
Hansen said he expected a backlash from the Springboks, who were heavily criticised by their fans after their record defeat in New Zealand.
"We knew it was just a blip in New Zealand and we knew we must just keep persevering". "They always turn up when we play them in this country". What it showed us is we've got to be in the right mindset otherwise we're vulnerable. We can fix some things, like the scrum.
Coetzee said he knew the areas that required further work: "We had them under pressure at times, but you can not give the ball away against New Zealand. But working for the mate next to you; that is something you can not coach and that makes me so proud to see how they play for each other". "We kicked well, we only had one contestable that did not work out and in the end, we were two points short".
Over 90 minutes (the first half ran to 50 minutes) the Boks were the better team.
'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.
"To do that you've got to play a good team". That is what we are looking for.