The third-place play-off might be a forgettable affair for most people but for South Africa's Breyton Paulse it will linger long in the memory. The flying winger scored the only try 27 minutes into the 22-18 victory over New Zealand and was absolutely delighted about it. 'Tries against the All Blacks don't come along every day so that will be one to remember,' said Paulse, who kicked forward twice during a 60-metre dash for the line and then showed great presence of mind to touch it down after Christian Cullen had made a hash of fielding the ball on his own line. 'I saw their defence come up and so told Monty [Percy Montgomery] to give me the ball. Before the game Nick Mallett had said if I see a gap then I should try the chip but I was a bit lucky that it bounced well for me. 'I was a bit surprised to get that much space, the All Black backs are usually very good defenders, but I'm really happy it worked out.' Paulse was in the team in place of Deon Kayser, who broke his jaw in the semi-final defeat by Australia, and admitted that it had been hard to sit on the sidelines during the tournament. 'It's been a pretty frustrating World Cup for me and I would love to have had a few more games,' he said. 'But I knew this was an opportunity for me to make my mark.' He did that on his Springbok debut against Italy, scoring a hat-trick of tries in a 74-3 success in June. But with Kayser matching him a week later it has been a close battle between the two for the winger's berth. Kayser eventually won out, leaving Paulse with only a game against Spain to remember until this contribution. Captain Joost van der Westhuizen said he was delighted to go home with the win and said he hoped it would quieten some of the critics who have been attacking the team. 'I asked the players to show some character and they certainly did that. It was a way for us to say thank you to the fans at home and those who came and watched us over here. 'We're sorry we couldn't win it but I hope they appreciate we tried our best,' said Van der Westhuizen.