The All Blacks changing room was buzzing on Saturday night after the team defeated the Springboks to make it four from four in the Rugby Championship this year.

In fact, it's been buzzing for quite a while now as the All Blacks have won 43 consecutive matches on home soil.

But that doesn't mean the players are any less excited.

Despite a resounding win over the Springboks, All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock said they never underestimated their old foes.


"It was pretty tight, especially that first bit they played really well and were really physical with us around the ruck," he said.

"It's test rugby, there's always something to work on, but the boys are happy after a good win like that."

For Ardie Savea, who made his test debut on Saturday night, the match had brought with it a few surprises.

"The physicality of that test match was another level," he said.

"There were a few nerves at the start, but once I got over those everything felt better for me and I was just stoked to get out there and perform with the brothers."

The players have a week off to enjoy time with family and friends before flying out to Buenos Aires for their test match against the Pumas on October 2.