Nervous moments but coach Holland delighted

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Replacement halfback Jamie Booth scored after second five-eighths Ngani Laumape and flanker Vaea Fifita worked a double round to create the opening from which the try came.

 

However, as replacement first five-eighths Fletcher Smith was attempting to line up his conversion, the TMO, Argentinian Santiago Borsani, made a call to referee Rasta Rasivhenge saying he wanted to look at something but Rasivhenge stopped him and said he was happy with what he saw in the lead-up to the try and the try would stand.

 

Holland said he couldn't see what the TMO was concerned about and had to try and make sense of it on the video replay on his computer.

 

"It was good that it was put to bed pretty quickly and we didn't have to sweat too much," he said.

 

Holland said his first emotion after the win was feeling pleased for the team as they had worked hard all week.

 

"We put ourselves under a bit of pressure during the week to get a performance that we were happy with so I'm delighted for the boys that were on the park that we got there in the end," he said.

 

"We were pretty disappointed with last week and the boys worked really hard and we were pretty honest about what we got. We were far from perfect today too, we still made a lot of errors but some of the stuff you can't coach around a bit of ticker and a bit of resilience was good to see and got us over the line," he said.

 

He always felt confident they still had a chance. It was just a case of eliminating errors because they had been working hard and they needed to hold onto the ball. He felt when halfback TJ Perenara went close to scoring, just before prop Alex Fidow scored their first try, that if they could score they could win the game.

 

"The belief was always there," he said.

 

The need to reduce errors had been highlighted with their winning try.

 

"It started from a scrum 20m out from our own line. We were able to hold onto the ball and the guys did the right thing phase after phase and that's what happens when you play a team that comes under pressure. You hold onto the ball and when the space came at the end the boys were good enough to execute it," he said.

 

Holland wasn't surprised with fullback Jordie Barrett's 63m penalty goal to open the scoring. He had landed two or three from the same area before the game, so they knew it was on.

 

The scrum had stood up to the Jaguares pressure throughout the game, but it had responded well in the final stages to create chances and the signs for the future were looking good.

 

Now flying home to face a confident Sharks team they recognised their style was similar to that the Springboks employed at the World Cup and had been impressive in their win over the Highlanders.

 

They had already put in a lot of work in preparation for the Sharks and they were looking forward to being at home for the first time this season on Saturday.

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