Springbok captain Jean de Villiers says his team’s late surge to race past the Wallabies at Newlands on Saturday was no accident.
South Africa were trailing by two points with just ten minutes left on the clock but the hosts scored three tries and a drop goal to win 28-10 as the Australian defence finally cracked under sustained pressure.
“It was how we planned it. You never want to leave it too late but we said if we stuck to our structures in first 60-70 minutes, we could break them down in the last 10,” said De Villiers at the post-match press conference.
Australia made 252 tackles in the game, 100 more than their opponents, as the Boks kept ball in hands.
“From the first kick-off we kept the ball for something like 20 phases and did that throughout the game. We did not get the result then, but we knew that come the end of the game it counts for you. Our composure was much better,” said De Villiers.
“Once we got the momentum we were unstoppable, it was probably among the best 10 minutes of Test rugby I have been involved in.”
The next target for Heyneke Meyer’s team is the All Blacks as Ellis Park as the Boks try break a three-year winless streak against the world champions.
“We did not play badly in the two games abroad, one or two things went against us and we lost,” said De Villiers.
“We always look back and see where we make the mistakes, we want to improve every game we play. We came close in Wellington but just did not get there.”