“As Eben said, it was a special day and we played it very low [key] this week and never wanted it to be about us. The Springbok team always has a plan and we stuck to the plan this whole week.
“We trained hard. Other players also played their part in this series win. To have my family here and my wife made it even more special and the win is a bonus too.”
Bok captain Siya Kolisi paid tribute to Etzebeth and Mbonambi.
“We wanted to make it special for Eben and Bongi but they didn’t make it about themselves. They wanted the team to win first and that’s the best gift we could give to them.
“They have been amazing for us as a team. We can never question their character and what this team means to them. I am so grateful that I could be out there with both of them.”