Springboks 'got out of jail' claims England's Eddie Jones

Annette Crawford
June 14, 2018

"Especially when they win", ex-Brumbies coach Jones said after the match. Pollard extended South Africa's advantage with a penalty, though the fly-half's effort was sandwiched between two misses that kept England in touch.

Coach Rassie Erasmus admitted he had made life a little more hard for the new captain by getting the initial tactics wrong in just his second game in charge of the national side.

"Credit to the new caps, because they didn't panic and showed they just wanted to play, so we chose to take control of the game and it worked", the loose forward added after his side overcame a 21-point deficit to triumph.

"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.

England head coach Eddie Jones has played down Saturday's confrontation with South Africa fans after the first Test match at Ellis Park.

England suffered a fourth straight test loss for the first time in four years, a sudden slump after Jones' arrival as coach led to back-to-back Six Nations titles in 2016 and 2017.

While all eyes will be on Kolisi, in the same way they were on Mandela in that World Cup final against the All Blacks, the Port Elizabeth-born loose forward says his only focus is to lead through his actions on the field and to also utilise the leadership qualities of the players around him.

The incident at Ellis Park followed an epic Test which the Springboks won 42-39, after the visitors had surged into a 24-3 lead early on.

It was asking too much for the second half to match the first and so it proved for quite a while as South Africa camped in the England half but added only a Pollard penalty.

"There were a lot of young guys involved against a very experienced England side and it could have gone really badly for us", Erasmus said.

Recalled England-based scrumhalf Faf de Klerk began the Boks' comeback with the first try. Alongside Wasps full-back Le Roux, the Sale playmaker was a constant menace by loading the bullets for debutant wings Aphiwe Dyantyi and Nkosi to fire.

South Africa stole the throw-in - via another impressive debutant, second-rower RG Snyman - and clinched a great start to a three-test series in which both teams are desperate for success.

Kiwi-born flanker, Hurricanes captain Brad Shields, endured a rough start to his global career for England.

South Africa beat England with a 26-point burst in 19 minutes at the end of the first half on Saturday.

Tries for England lock Maro Itoje and wing Jonny May in the last 10 minutes set up a thrilling finish, when England set up for one last attack from a lineout with about a minute to go.

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