THAT WAS the win we wanted. We played very well and deserved it, but did not expect it to be by such a great margin.
If I am honest, I don't think the scoreline reflected the nature of the game, as it was very physical and close all the way through.
The boys expected it to be a very close match. We were practicing our drop-goal routines on Friday because we thought it would be that tight.
On the day the conditions were in our favour, but the team put huge pressure on the Boks from the beginning. Joe Worsley made a couple of huge hits early on which set the scene; early tackles by us forced turnover and dropped balls. In contrast, the South Africans were hitting us late, giving us the opportunity to offload the ball.
Obviously Charlie Hodgson had a fantastic game; he kicked brilliantly and played dynamically. Martin Corry had one of the best first halves I have seen from him. The two Leicester props - Graham Rowntree and Julian White, destroyed the South Africans at their own game.
The Springboks are renowned for their scrummaging and having control in this area was a key factor in our victory.
These last two performances have proved to the public just what this England team is made of. Andy Robinson has worked hard to ensure we have a good kicking game for wet conditions like Saturday. Equally we have got some awesome backs, which we are trying to use to their full potential.
There has been a lot of criticism over the last year but I am hoping we can show the public that this team we have now is a match for any side. This tournament is by no means over, Australia are a very different side who play in a totally different style to South Africa.
Beating South Africa was very important for building up our confidence as Canada did not present the same challenge. We came through this test successfully.
However if we lose next Saturday against Australia, then all the good work we have done to beat South Africa will be undone.