Springboks captain Jean de Villiers admitted to being relieved after his side’s 31-28 win over England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Springboks captain Jean de Villiers admitted to being relieved after his side’s 31-28 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.
De Villiers praised England but believes his side’s scored at critical stages of the match which helped to secure the win.
“We probably got points on the board at the right times, we left a lot out there, but we could have conceded a couple more,” he told Sky Sports.
“It was definitely not the perfect game once again, but you got to give credit to our opposition and you can only play as well as they allow you to.”
The Boks raced in to a 20-6 lead just after half-time thanks to tries from tries from Jan Serfontein and Cobus Reinach.
But England fought back with five-pointers from David Wilson and Ben Morgan but Schalk Burger scored another try for South Africa and the hosts narrowed the gap thanks to a late try from Brad Barritt.
England captain Chris Robshaw said playing catch up cost them in the end.
“I think we were a bit reactive today, we allowed them to get ahead of us and then we had to play catch up,” he explained.
“We had a brilliant patch out there where we got two driving mauls going but unfortunately we allowed them to get their driving maul going too.
“It’s tough to take, especially at home, but we’ll have to work hard and come back next week.”