Farrell wants England unity after Boks loss

Annette Crawford
June 11, 2018

England's latest defeat was marred by ugly scenes after the final whistle, as Eddie Jones became embroiled in a verbal confrontation with South African fans.

New South Africa captain Siya Kolisi was a bag of nerves when the Springboks were blown away by a rampant England in the early stages of Saturday's first test at Ellis Park but praised his charges for rallying to win a pulsating encounter.

"They have risky players, especially Willie le Roux who is always roaming on that blindside". The first is that we should start matches better. We've been down by a lot of points before and for some reason we always seem to come back.

But England suddenly lost momentum as South Africa found their straps with De Klerk dictating the pace of play in a triumphant return to his former home ground.

The majority of visiting teams either base themselves at altitude for at least a week before a big game or arrive within 24 hours of kick-off.

England led 24-3 against the Springboks before the hosts scored four tries to lead 29-27 at the interval. "It really did kick in. after 20-30 minutes it definitely hit us quite hard". "All the science shows you have to be here for at least 10 days to get acclimatisation value". Unfortunately, we didn't go up with enough width. It was a great occasion and we don't like losing'. We've got players coming off the back of the club season so to some degree we've been restricted in training.

Johnny May did manage a bombastic run over with three minutes left, starting on the right from halfway and working his way inside - the conversion made it a three point game, but with England boxed into their own half, they couldn't make up the yards.

Nkosi's strong run at the England defence took the ball towards the line and De Klerk picked up the loose ball to stretch his arm over the line for a first reply in the 20th minute. We did the exact opposite.

"I wouldn't worry about that".

"I guess we could look at what happened in two ways". "There is no reason we can't turn it round, no reason at all. This series was always going to be hard".

England's attacking play was cutting the Springboks defence to ribbons and Farrell got on the scoresheet with a third try thanks to a divine George Ford pass. The main thing for us is belief. Not just saying we believe, not just chatting about it but having a proper deep belief that we can go and win this Test series.

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