All Blacks captain Kieran Read admits he couldn't stop his players running wild in the final stages of their Rugby Championship clash against the Springboks in Durban yesterday.

Read gave credit to a tough South African side but ultimately found his teammates love for the game is what pushed them to such a commanding victory.

"I'm so proud of the lads," Read said. "You come to South Africa and it's always a very tough game.

"They came out wanting to play some footy and came at us really physically.

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"The guys just wanted to express themselves near the end there and it was hard to pull them back. They were loving it."

The win gave All Blacks their 17th on the trot with a chance to break the record at Eden Park against the Wallabies in two weeks time.

They will then look to push that figure out as they play four tests in Europe at the end of the international season.