At a similarly dark time in South African rugby history, it took an angled penalty from Andre Pretorius to secure a 21-20 win over the All Blacks in 2006 that might have saved Jake White his job as Springbok coach.
Ricky Januarie's individual brilliance helped the Springboks score a rare win against the All Blacks in New Zealand in 2008.
Joel Stransky kicked 20 points to ensure a comfortable 40-21 win for the Boks over Italy in 1995, with South Africa having won all 11 Tests against the Azzurri since then.
Flyhalf André Pretorius's sublime second-half performance lifted the Springboks to a 25-14 win over England at Twickenham in 2006, with South Africa having not lost to the English since then.
The flying wing, who has been capped 123 by the Springboks, opened up a couple of years ago about rugby – and life off the field. Here we republish the interview.