Eddie Jones: England will hit Bok from bruising South Africa loss

Eddie Jones has named his starting XV for the Johannesburg opener

Eddie Jones included six Saracens in his starting line-up, with prop Mako Vunipola winning his 50th cap, and a scarcely-believable 24-3 lead had been amassed by the 18th minute, with George Ford acting as ringmaster as Mike Brown, Elliot Daly and Sarries' Owen Farrell ran in superb tries. 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.

The second-half was dominated by the Springboks whose customary physicality was matched by a cutting edged in attack overseen by De Klerk and Le Roux, but it was the boot of Handre Pollard that did most of the scoreboard damage through three penalties.

"They know they were in one hell of a game, they got home and did well to get home and deserved the victory".

"Credit to the new caps, because they didn't panic and showed they just wanted to play, so we made a decision to take control of the game and it worked".

"It's always hard to play in these conditions".

That first 20 minutes was like a blueprint for how he wants his team to play.

While England return to Umhlanga on the Indian Ocean to begin preparations for Saturday's second match at Free State Stadium, South Africa celebrated a landmark moment in the nation's history.

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Kolisi, who captained the Boks for the first time, said: "I was very nervous as we didn't expect to have such a tough time early in the game, but we have guys who had been in situations like that before". Kolisi is hoping to reflect on his historic achievement after the three-match series against England has been won.

Although Tom Curry was troubled by minor cramp and Daly suffered a dead leg, the pulsating Johannesburg opener brought no significant injury problems.

But, the match was turned on its head when Faf de Klerk orchestrated a stunning first-half comeback supported by Willie Le Roux, while debutant S'Busiso Nkosi crossed twice. 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.

"I'm disappointed we lost but there is a lot that says the team is going in the right direction", he said. The two wingers look like they run as fast as Usain Bolt.

Onlookers said that Bok fans leaned over railings above the tunnel and shouted insults at the Australian. "Especially when they win", said Jones. "I asked the fan where I can get a good bottle of Pinotage and I'm still waiting for the answer".

But South Africa held on for a narrow win as they go into the next test in Bloemfontein next Saturday and the final game of the series at Newlands in Cape Town on June 23.

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