Smooth ride for Smittie
10 Jun 2006
Saturday’s comprehensive victory against Scotland was a case of a job well done for Springbok captain John Smit.
“I thought the game went smoothly considering it was our first of the season,” said Smit. “Our communication was good and I’m very proud of the guys. I would have taken a one-point win today, so to win 36-16 was a great effort. However, there are still aspects of our game we can work on. While our defence was good, we were disappointed to concede that try at the end.”
Man of the match Schalk Burger said everything had come together after a slow start.
“It was pretty tough out there and there were some nerves early on,” he said. “But once we settled down it went well. It’s good to start the season with a win and to score four tries in the process. But next week is going to be tough. The Scots won’t lie down and we’ll have to lift our game.”
The Springboks two debutants, Wynand Olivier and Johann Muller, admitted their second half appearances had fulfilled a life-long dream.
“It happened so quickly, so I didn’t get much of a chance to think about it,” said the Bulls centre, who replaced the injured Jean de Villiers. “It’s something you dream of as a child and it’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Said Muller: “I didn’t realise how big a moment it would be. One of the advantages of having such a big Bok squad is that it allows players like me to learn from guys like Bakkies and Victor. It’s been great.”
Scotland captain Jason White said his team had been battered up front by the dominant Bok pack.
“They had too much power,” he said. “We didn’t get good first phase ball and we’ll have to work on our technique before next Saturday.”
Said fullback Chris Paterson: “We gave the Boks too much respect in the first half. We have a lot to work on before the next Test.”