England head coach Jones involved in tunnel altercation

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2018

England hooker Jamie George says there is plenty to take from their opening game against South Africa into the second Test in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Pollard added another penalty but May scored a stunning try with two minutes to go, cutting in from the right and sprinting clear. "We struggled to get our spacing right and it's something we are working on".

When asked exactly what he had said, Jones replied: "That's not for me to share with you".

"The most important thing was for me to pitch up and for us to play as a team".

The Springboks didn't bring the energy required in the early stages and trailed 24-3 after just 18 minutes, with England aggressive and utterly ruthless with ball in hand.

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

"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.

Erasmus' side showed that if every player reaches the required intensity, no team, not even England with their superior squad depth, will roll them over.

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Erasmus said he expected England to kick more, and they were a bit surprised when the visitors attacked the wide channels with relative ease.

Asked in a Sky Sports interview about a rumoured altercation after the match with supporters, Jones said: "They've always got something to say here".

It was the flawless outcome to celebrate a landmark moment in South African history after back row Siya Kolisi had become the first black captain of their Test team.

"I was anxious", Erasmus said.

However, South Africa climbed off the canvas, Faf de Klerk plunging over from close range before Nkosi's brace, although the first owed much to Daly's failure to deal with a bouncing ball inside his own in-goal area. "There was a lot of young guys on the park.it could have gone really bad for us".

Saracens' Maro Itoje and Leicester Tigers' Jonny May both scored tries late on but South Africa managed to hold on and complete an unbelievable turnaround. Fullback Willie le Roux, another overseas-based player recalled by Erasmus, got the fourth for South Africa, which went to halftime 29-27 ahead. 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.

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

England finished the stronger of the sides as Itoje stretched over the ruck to reduce South Africa's lead to 39-32 and then May ran though the home defence to leave the Boks three points ahead with one minute left.

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