Cape Town - When the final whistle blew at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday, South Africa had beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time since 2009.
It was a statistic that had haunted the Springboks for nearly a decade, but after a monumental defensive effort, the Boks finally have one over the 'old foe'.
It was also coach Rassie Erasmus' first match against the All Blacks as Bok coach, and he has already achieved something that Heyneke Meyer and Allister Coetzee could not achieve during their respective tenures.
The last Springbok coach to win in New Zealand before Saturday's result was Peter de Villiers - who won in Hamilton in 2009 and Dunedin in 2008 - and beat the All Blacks in five of 11 matches in total.
At the end of Saturday's epic encounter, De Villiers, who is now the coach of the Zimbabwe national team, congratulated the Bok class of 2018.
De Villiers congratulated Kolisi, adding that"this is a great day I share with you as I know the feeling of victory in New Zealand".
De Villiers coached the Boks between 2008 to 2011 when the team was knocked out of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in New Zealand by Australia in his final match in charge.
Congratulations to Captain @siyaKolisi and boys on his first win against the @AllBlacks in @NZRugby this is a great day I share with you as I know the feeling of victory in New Zealand ????. Well done @Springboks— Peter De Villiers (@PeterDeVillier5) September 15, 2018