Century loss frustrates de Villiers

Date published: September 13 2014

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Jean de Villiers admits he would have preferred another outcome for his hundredth Test as South Africa narrowly lost in Wellington.

Jean de Villiers admits he would have preferred another outcome for his hundredth Test as South Africa narrowly lost in Wellington.

Richie McCaw's second-half try was enough for the All Blacks as they took a giant step towards the Rugby Championship title with a 14-10 win.

South Africa had scored the game's first try with a well-worked score for Cornal Hendricks, but were not able to add a second try despite piling on the pressure late on.

That means that de Villiers joins Bryan Habana and John Smit who also tasted defeat for their hundredth Tests, but the South African skipper insists his team will bounce back.

“I need to congratulate the All Blacks for their win. It's always an epic game when we play, and tonight was no difference,” said de Villiers.

“It's never easy losing. Doing it in your hundredth is not the ideal way to celebrate a hundred. But to have my wife and dad here is fantastic and to do it with a bunch of friends on the field makes it special.

“We didn't get the result but we won't give up and we'll come back in Monday and start working again.

“It's an awesome feeling, every time we get the oppotunity to put the Springbok jersey on. It's a great honour and I've been so blessed to stand here for my hundredth time.

“Hopefully I can still play a couple more, but tough in a sad way to finish it off.”

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