Meyer: Boks handled pressure from England well

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer says his team was tactically better in its 31-28 win over England on Saturday.

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer says his team was tactically better in its 31-28 win over England on Saturday. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks beat England 31-28 at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday.

There were many turning points in the game, but Schalk Burger's try sticks out as a major one for Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.

"Suddenly the whole game changed, so I think that was a vital try to come back because I just sensed that the whole momentum swung."

He says this week the team was tactically better.

"For me the main difference between last week and this week was a breakdown. We were much more clinical in the breakdown, we knew what to expect. We knew England is the same as Ireland in the breakdown, very physical. It's not a lot of improvement but it's a good start for us."

As in the win over the All Blacks, Patrick Lambie's drop goal secured the team a win.

Meyer says it's great to see Lambie thriving in those conditions.

"Sometimes you're lucky; you work hard and things work out. We've worked really hard on the drop goals in the last two weeks."

He says, "He's a very level headed guy and uses the right option and he's got a calm influence on the team as well, although he's only 24. He's really improved and I'm really happy with him."

England came out and put the Springboks under pressure early on, which Meyer says his side handled well.

"I just thought our defence and our discipline was awesome there. They really came at us but I think what we did brilliantly is you have to play great rugby in these conditions, without the ball as well and that's what happened. We put them under pressure. We used every single opportunity."

The Bok coach knows it was crucial for the team to learn from playing in the conditions, as Twickenham is also the venue for most games at next year's World Cup.

He says his side's clinical approach on Saturday won them the game.