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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 November 2006, 17:47 GMT
Robinson lauds England composure
Andy Robinson urges on his England side from his seat in the stands
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England coach Andy Robinson praised his side's response to adversity after they came from behind against South Africa to avoid a record eighth straight loss.

"I am really pleased for the team," he told Five Live Sport.

"They are passionate about playing for England and that last 20 minutes we really lifted our game.

"That was for everyone involved in English rugby. It has been tough but everyone kept their composure. Martin Corry has been superb as captain."

Robinson admitted that the errors either side of half-time need to be rectified before next week's rematch with the Springboks.


"We showed how well we can play in that final 20 minutes, as well as the first 20," he said.

"But we have to look at what happened in the middle 40 minutes and how we keep that tempo in our performance.

"Sport asks you a lot of questions physically and mentally, and the team have really responded well this week.

We have got to back it up now and show the Argentina game was a one-off

Martin Corry
"Overall I think we deserved it. We showed a lot of guts and can take a lot of pride out if it. That was a huge win for us."

Captain Martin Corry admitted the victory brought huge relief.

"Counting down from the last six minutes I thought the final whistle would never come," he said. "But in terms of character and guts this side showed it had it in abundance.

"The important thing is nobody panicked. We had to take a lot on round the forwards, because the South Africa defence shut us down when we tried to go wide.

"But we showed great spirit to come back, and playing winning rugby from that position makes me very proud.

"Hopefully we have put the ghost of this run of defeats to bed, but we have got to back it up next week and show the Argentina game was a one-off.

It's been very tense all week but we've got a bit of pride back

Phil Vickery
"We're not kidding ourselves. At one stage we were looking down the barrel. But no-one wanted to be part of a record-breaking defeat.

"We're thrilled with the victory but we are not the polished article. We will be incredibly critical of ourselves, but it will be nice to be critical on the back of a victory."

Fly-half Charlie Hodgson and prop Andrew Sheridan are both serious doubts for next week's Test after being carried off.

Hodgson suffered an injury to his right knee, while Sheridan's problem is with his left ankle, and both will have scans on Sunday.

England trailed 21-16 with seven minutes left before Phil Vickery, who came on for his first Test appearance for a year, barged his way over to level the scores, Andy Goode's conversion clinching victory.

"I enjoyed myself out there and to get a try makes things even better," Vickery said.

"We talked all week about how important the squad is and how the bench can make a difference.

"It's been very tense all week. The guys were all very jittery but today we've got a bit of pride back."

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