The Sprinboks took the win over Argentina in their Rugby Championship match with a score of 30-23 at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, on Saturday.
They trailed the Pumas 23-13 with nine minutes to play, but scored a late try by Warren Whiteley to edge past their opponents, who will face them again in a week’s time in Salta.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee expressed his satisfaction in the composure shown by his team.
“I felt a bit of deja vu after the first test match against Ireland. Luckily this time we could turn it around. So I am pleased with the result.”
However, he lamented the 20 minutes before and after halftime.
“I am not pleased with the 20 minutes before halftime and the 20 there-after. We need to put together longer periods of good play. There were opportunities we did not take, like Lionel (Mapoe) not scoring. We created the pressure, but did not use the opportunities that we created and we need to improve on that,” Coetzee said.
Coetzee said the play in the last ten minutes was expected.
“We anticipated the impact of the bench. They were supposed to take the game away from Argentina and we are a 23-man squad. We executed very well when we came back. Resilience and resolve in the team is something we try to create in the side and they respond well to that.
“There is good respect in the team for leadership and we grow. We need a bit more killer instinct and we are looking to get that right.”