Jake White described the Springboks 25-14 win against England as huge and said the magnitude of the effort was not to be underestimated.
White said England’s poor form should not be allowed to negatively influence just what his young Springboks had achieved at Twickenham.
“There is a generation of Springbok rugby player that does not know what it feels like to win at Twickenham. Now we have 22 Springboks who know the feeling. This was huge and reward for the efforts of the entire team in the past month.”
White added that the Boks definitely had the edge on England in the lead-in to next year’s World Cup Pool match in Paris.
“That game could define our World Cup. No team has ever lost a pool game in the World Cup and gone onto win it. We know it is a match we have to win. We came to London with a young team, having left several first choice players at home. With a bit of luck we could have won both tests, but I thought the maturity of the side was immense in the last week. They made some big mistakes a week ago, but they fixed them in a week. We controlled the last 40 minutes of the test match and we did the basic things well.
“I felt before this test that the team had made big strides and we now have a result to show for it.”
Captain John Smit echoed similar sentiments, describing the last 50 minutes as probably the most impressive the Boks had produced in the last two and a half years.
“We felt in control and managed the match well. We kept it simple and our attention to detail was very good.”