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Rassie has been relieved to come from the Scottish clash with a narrow victory


South Africa's head coach, Rassie Erasmus. Photo: AFP / Getty Images
South Africa's head coach, Rassie Erasmus. Photo: AFP / Getty Images

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has credited Springboks' increased goal in the close matches for a 26-20 win victory over Scotland in Murrayfield on Saturday.

Four of Boks' six losses this season were five or fewer, but the team has turned tables in recent weeks with a 29-26 victory in France and victory in Edinburgh.

"We learn how to close the games and that's why we won this game because Scotland was just as good as we were," Erasmus said. "The maturity of this team starts to appear because we now earn games from strict situations."

Scotland beat Ireland, England, France, Wales and Australia in Murrayfield in the last two years, with a 22-17 narrow defeat by New Zealand, 12 months ago, their only defeat in their 11 previous home tests.

"Current rankings do not indicate how difficult it is to come and play here and we could have lost the game in the moments of death," Erasmus said.

"Certainly we are not the final product, but we grow slightly in a better team.


"To defeat a team that has become a real rugby force in the world, a team that is up in the middle of a good round is satisfactory."

Erasmus could be without Siya Kolisi goalkeeper for next week's Wales confrontation, after the fleet seemed to try Pete Horne's head, which held him up, trying to get up from a backpack.

"I heard about it right after the game but I did not see it," Erasmus said. "I'm sure the Commissioner's deputy will take a look, and if there's something serious and we're wrong, what we get in our way we have to accept.

"I know him as a player and a man, so I would be surprised (if he were bad)".

Visitors struggled to break down, slowed the score in Scotland and at least eight times Scotland was turned into a breakdown.

Given that Scotland is playing England at Twickenham on the last day of the six nations, while facing Springboks in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in October, Scottish coach Gregor Townsend believes this loss was an invaluable experience learning.

"South Africa competed at each breakdown and assured us that we must make the right choices every time," he said. "They have given some sanctions, but in principle they have won that area, which is disappointing because it is a field in which we were very strong."

Irish Independent

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