Cape Town - New Springboks scrumhalf Ross Cronjé admitted that he was nervous before his Test debut against France in Pretoria at the weekend.
Cronjé said he only found his composure after some warm-up drills shortly before the Springboks' 37-14 victory over les Bleus.
"To be honest‚ I was pretty nervous earlier on in the day but as soon as we ran out to the warm-up and I started passing the ball around I started to feel better‚" he said.
"I think the nerves were more about excitement of the big occasion but at the same it was a pretty awesome experience."
The 27-year-old crowned an impressive debut by crossing for a try midway through the second half from a move which the Boks tried at training last week although they could not perfect it previously.
"We worked on that move during the week and it didn’t work out‚ I am just very happy that the one on match day worked out‚" added Cronjé.
"It was pretty much everything and more‚ the boys really rocked up today‚ we stuck to the plan that the coach set out for us.
"The forwards did an unbelievable job giving the backs balls for some exciting running space and that was a great start.
"I think the forwards gave us great balls‚ one or two bounces of the ball did not go our way but we can’t be disappointed with the performances but there is still a lot of work to do."