Boks played on England's altitude issue

Annette Crawford
June 14, 2018

The Boks slumped to a 24-3 deficit in the first quarter but rallied to record a 42-39 win over the Red Roses.

"When England were well ahead I was thinking about the second Test against Ireland in 2016".

Defence was another problem area - as it was when the Barbarians plundered nine tries against England late last month. "We were almost very, very good, so hopefully we can string a few things together and get that 80-minute performance next week", George told reporters.

"When we managed to keep the ball, England were under the same stress we were early in the game".

As the Springboks' first black Test captain in their 126-year history, the reign of Siya Kolisi got off to a scripted start and the meaning of the occasion is not lost on Jones.

"I was really nervous".

South Africa's Kolisi called it a "beautiful game".

England have conceded 21 tries during the five-match losing run that has plunged them to fourth in the world rankings, but Gustard insists his only aim is to improve the defence and not on the role of Harlequins head coach that he fills upon his return from South Africa.

"We must be brutally honest at times and hopefully that will lead to the coaches not having to say too much".

Louw wasn't at his best at Ellis Park and has arguably been overplayed at the Stormers this season. "I was just asking them where I could get a good bottle of Pinotage", the former Saracens boss told reporters.

It is England's worst run since 2014 and the pressure is continuing to build after a stunning opening salvo of tries from Mike Brown, Elliot Daly and Owen Farrell was followed by a dramatic collapse partly induced by the recurring flaw of indiscipline.

Two minutes later and they were over again, Slade's long pass giving May space and with shell-shocked South Africa in disarray he sent Farrell over under the posts.

"It certainly wasn't the start we wanted in our first Test at home and I was anxious, because we had a lot of young players against a very experienced England side", said Erasmus. We've been down by a lot of points before and for some reason we always seem to come back.

Asked about the huge build-up and speculation ahead of his first outing as a Test captain, Kolisi said: "To be honest the most important thing was to play as a make sure we came here prepared for the game".

'The way they combined for one of the tries - with that inside pass from Dyantyi to Nkosi - was significant, ' White added.

Brad Shields wasn't short of a few words in his test debut off the bench for England, against South Africa at Ellis Park.

Aphiwe Dyantyi then went over for the hosts, and two Handre Pollard penalties meant scores from Maro Itoje and Jonny May were not enough for England.

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