Allister Coetzee, the coach of the Springboks, is ‘very happy’ with South Africa’s win over Australia in a Castle Lager Rugby Championship played on Saturday.
Flyhalf Morne Steyn, who was recalled to the Springbok line up this week, scored all of South Africa’s points in a gritty 18-10 win over Australia at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.
Steyn kicked four penalties and two drop goals.
“It was an important win, not only for our confidence, but also self-belief,” said Coetzee.
“I am a very happy man and will never underestimate any test win. For a team that had their backs to the wall, a win like this means a lot and is a definite confidence booster.”
Coach Coetzee applauded the Springbok’s defensive display.
Our defence was outstanding and our set-piece delivered the needed pressure on them when we needed it, which resulted in points for us at crucial times,” he said.
“I have to give credit to defence coach Chean Roux as he worked very hard this week to get everyone on the same page.”
The Springbok heaped praises on captain Adriaan Strauss and recalled flyhalf Morne Steyn.
“Adriaan’s value in leadership and at scrum time showed the great character he has. Morné justified his inclusion. He showed he is still a test match player. He remains proud to play for the Springboks and that showed.”
The Springboks play New Zealand next Saturday in their final Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash.
South Africa – Penalties: Morne Steyn (4). Drop Goals: Steyn (2).
Australia – Try: Scott Sio. Conversion: Bernard Foley. Penalty: Foley.