Eddie Jones said he "couldn't be prouder" of his makeshift England team after they withstood a first-half battering to emerge 12-11 victors over South Africa on Saturday and get their November global series off to a morale-boosting start.
"We missed Faf (de Klerk) as we always do but I thought the two nines didn't do badly and we didn't lose because of inexperience". Because you guys want to sack me, is that why?
The Springboks proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are at their best when not in possession by narrowly losing a game they should have won by a country mile against England at the start of their four-match tour of Europe by taking the low road.
"We should look on it and execute it like that". "We did the simple things well, we had to keep them on the back foot and we did that". "I've got no idea what can happen".
What impressed Jones most was the defensive display, masterminded by new defence coach John Mitchell, with England standing firm despite South Africa placing their hosts under siege for virtually the entire first half.
"You're going to do it at some stage, you know that".
Former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll said the referee got the decision "spot on" while former Australia lock Justin Harrison said "just because you don't wrap doesn't mean it a shoulder charge, when laws of physics mean it's a bounce effect".
"To beat New Zealand you've got to be unbelievably disciplined".
He was, however, sin-binned for killing the ball but England survived a one-man deficit for ten minutes and even scored a penalty through Farrell. "We're happy, they're not so happy".
"You've got to understand their weaknesses".
Eddie Jones made a change at half-time, sending Ben Moon on for a debut and hauling off Alec Hepburn, and there were further changes just after the interval, with Eben Etzebeth and Tom Curry limping off.
It will be the first time the two sides have met since 2014; for Jones, who replaced the sacked Stuart Lancaster after England's disastrous World Cup campaign in 2015, it will be an opportunity to have a crack at the New Zealanders while wearing gear embossed with the red rose of England. They play the game differently. It's a tight call but felt there was something there not to decide a Test match on. "They'll be confident. We can't wait to get 'em". "We've had three training runs where we've had 15 players together and we put in a performance like that".
The influential lock hobbled off early in the second half at Twickenham with what appeared to be an ankle injury.