Erasmus hails 'special' night at Murrayfield

2018-11-19 08:02
Handre Pollard (Getty)
Handre Pollard (Getty)

Cape Town - Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says that the crowd at Murrayfield on Saturday made for a "special" clash against Scotland.

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The Boks won the contest 26-20 in front of over 65 000 people, but it was noticeable from the beginning of the contest that the crowd would play a major role. 

Even before kick-off, when the spectators in attendance joined in for the second verse of 'Flower of Scotland', it was clear that the atmosphere at the stadium was going to be electric. 

For Erasmus, who played 36 Test matches for the Boks during his playing days, Saturday night in Edinburgh was one to savour. 

"I've been at many Test match venues and I've played here and for me, this was special," he said after the match.

"The whole build-up and the way they did it ... it was different.

"There was respect from the Scotland crowd for both teams when the kickers kicked."

Erasmus added that, at one stage when Willie le Roux was sin-binned, he felt that the crowd might swing the contest Scotland's way.

"When the Scottish team got a roll on you could feel the crowd getting behind them," he said.

"If we allowed that to continue we could have felt the pressure. When we had the yellow card, I felt that if they got a roll on we would have been in trouble.

"That is where I think we won the game."

The Boks did not concede any points when Le Roux was off the field.

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