Peter plays character card

Peter de Villiers preferred to focus on a gutsy Springbok comeback rather than his side’s more alarming technical shortcomings after the victory in Edinburgh.

The Boks were lucky to win at Murrayfield, and although they’ve achieved their ultimate objective they’re still battling with their execution. It goes without saying they’ll need to lift their performance for next Saturday’s clash at Twickenham, and it did go without saying when the question was put to De Villiers in the aftermath.

“I think we deserved to win,” De Villiers said, ” It says so on the scoreboard. We showed some incredible character to come back after being down at half-time.”

Captain John Smit was asked what was said when the Boks went to the shed.

“Score more points,” was Smit’s curt reply.

The Bok captain echoed his coach when commenting on the Boks’ brave defensive display. It was clear that neither Smit nor De Villiers were intent on detailing their failures in other aspects of the game.

“We’ve won two from two, so we can take that into the next game. To come back from 10-0 down at half-time also took a lot of guts, and I can’t fault the guys for effort.

“There was talk about guys like Juan Smith and Pierre Spies during the week, and I thought they stood up today. Ricky Januarie is another who filled the gap nicely.”

Pushed for his view on Dave Pearson’s refereeing performance, Smit failed to voice his frustration outright but it was clear he was unhappy with the officiating.

“We seemed to get in trouble for a lot of things, and it seems that the faster we played, the faster we got pinned. I did try to speak to him as much as possible in order to gain an understanding of what was happening.”