The Springboks had an important 18-10 win against Australia’s Wallabies in their Rugby Championship match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria yesterday.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said that this was vital to the Springboks’ confidence for the rest of the season.
The team’s defence and set-piece were the most pleasing aspects of the win and pushed them back into second place on the Rugby Championship log.
“I have to give credit to defence coach Chean Roux as he worked very hard this week to get everyone on the same page.”
Coetzee felt the Springboks’ attack was also improving.
“We have been good with the ball in hand, although our continuity is not what it should be,” he said.
He also admitted that they did not play the territory game as well as they could since their chase line was not the best.
However, Coetzee applauded captain Adriaan Strauss, who was named man of the match, and flyhalf Morné Steyn, who scored all 18 points via four penalties and two drop goals.
“Adriaan’s value in leadership and at scrum time showed the great character he has.
“Morné justified his inclusion and showed he is still a test match and proud Springbok player.”
The team will travel to Durban for their final Rugby Championship match against New Zealand on October 8.