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Vermeulen flattered by praise after Springbok win

The Boks beat the All Blacks 27-25 at Ellis park in their 1st win over New Zealand since 2011.

FILE: South African loose forward Duane Vermeulen tries to break through during the final phase of the Four Nations tournament rugby union match between South Africa and New Zealand. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok eighth man Duane Vermeulen says that he's flattered by the praise heaped upon him by his coach Heyneke Meyer and All Blacks captain Richie McCaw but he's not getting carried away just yet.

The Stormers player was named man of the match as the Boks beat the All Blacks 27-25 at Ellis park in their 1st win over New Zealand since 2011.

Vermeulen didn't train all week due to a rib injury suffered against Australia but played 80 minutes in Johannesburg.

He said afterwards that victory over the All Blacks was the pinnacle of his career so far.

"I've never been in a team that has beaten the All Blacks, so it has been a good time for me and been a good personal battle."

Vermeulen says while they left the decision late on his inclusion, a painkilling injection and the capacity crowd at Ellis Park were all the motivation he needed to take on the All Blacks.

"When you get to warm up and hear the fans out there, that energy motivates you, that's when I said, I'm going to push you [myself] and I want to remember this day."

Meyer said post-match that not only was Vermeulen pushing to be the best number eight in the world but the best player overall - this, his response to that.

"I just want to play and take every game week in and week out as it comes. I don't want to look ahead and think about being the best player in the world or anything like that I just want to be the best in my position, for the Springboks, every single game I play on the field."

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