South Africa captain Jean de Villiers delighted with 16-15 win over England

Last Updated: 24/11/12 8:00pm

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De Villiers was delighted after his side bagged their third tour win

De Villiers was delighted after his side bagged their third tour win

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South Africa captain Jean de Villiers was over the moon with the dramatic 16-15 win over England at Twickenham.

The Springboks found themselves under the cosh for much of the game but defended manfully and were rewarded when England failed to gather a last-gasp restart having drawn within a point.

Victory sealed a pleasing tour for Heyneke Meyer's side, who bagged a hat-trick of victories over Ireland, Scotland and England.

Boks captain De Villiers said afterwards: "It is great. We came over to the UK wanting three wins and we got that, so we're pretty happy tonight.

"I think we put ourselves under a lot of pressure and made it difficult for ourselves, but earlier in the year we probably would've lost this game and we learned from it, stuck through it and got through it.

"All tries are worth five points and we'll definitely take that one. It was a well-worked try! Sometimes the bounce of the ball goes your way and definitely tonight it did. Two points the other way and we're on the other end of it.

"It's a very fine line in Test match rugby but this time around, we'll take the win."

Man of the match Duane Vermeulen added: "It's a good one. Winning three in a row is especially good and we just enjoyed it. It was about adapting the conditions. It was a very tough game - especially the kicking game.

"The lead kept our tails up. It's just a great feeling and the boys coming off the bench made a big difference."

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