“One of our core values is resilience and that showed. We were in a hole and had to get out. We will become a good team, I know that, tonight was a building block. Don’t write us off yet.
“The impact from the bench was massive. They turned it around for us. This team is not about 15 players, but rather all 23. Adriaan (Strauss’) leadership in that time proved crucial and I am pleased in many ways that we are starting to think on the same wavelength.
“I am pleased that Ruan Combrinck took his opportunities, as did players such as Julian (Redelinghuys) and Franco (Mostert). Those guys are not Lions players, they are Springboks.”