After their heart-breaking defeat by England in the semi-final, the Junior Boks finished the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship on a high.
This after beating New Zealand 40-30 to finish the tournament in third position and subsequently claim the bronze medal.
South Africa drew first blood, Tyrone Green profiting from a miss pass by New Zealand to dot down under the posts.
Six-time Under-20 Championship winners New Zealand hit back immediately in the form of Jay Renton, this after a poor kick chase by the Baby Boks.
Shortly after New Zealand assumed a three point lead from the boot of Harry Plummer that was before their second five pointer which resulted from a successful charge down.
It was a try-fest inside the first opening 20 minutes of the first half, Sazi Sandi with South Africa’s second try of the contest.
The Baby Blacks scored another try courtesy of Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, to lead by 25 points to 14 at the break.
Just like in the first half, it was South Africa who were the quickest out of the blocks, Green with his second try of the match after being teed up by Wandisile Simelane.
With New Zealand reduced to 14 men on the pitch, South Africa used their numerical advantage to score two quick tries, including a range one by Simelane.
New Zealand had the last say scoring a try in the dying stages of the contest, however that was not enough as the Junior Boks secured a win by 40 points to 30.