Relieved Robbo lives

Andy Robinson lives for at least one more weekend of test rugby, but the two point win against South Africa is no guarantee he will survive as England coach.

Robinson managed a smile at the press conference and even a bit of laughter as he applauded skipper Martin Corry’s courage and the team effort of an England victory that was as sweet for Robinson as it was ugly to watch.

England have played better and lost. On Saturday they played with no confidence, did not play according to a game plan and put themselves under tremendous pressure in the latter stages of the first half.

But Robinson said the spirit of the side had triumphed in the last quarter, when he felt England controlled the game.

England trailed 18-6 just after halftime, but Robinson said he did not believe his team were beaten. He said England were winning the ball, but were not using it well. He added that 18 of the Boks points came from four England mistakes, two lost lineouts and two shocking kicks for touch that only found eager Bok attackers.

This was England’s first win in eight tests and continued the Boks losing streak at Twickenham, which now dates back to a last win in 1997.