Kolisi captaining Boks 'a momentous occasion' for SA Rugby, says England coach


Kolisi captaining Boks 'a momentous occasion' for SA Rugby, says England coach

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It was the ideal 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.

It is England's fifth successive defeat.

According to PA, Boks supporters leaned over the railings but the Australian stood his ground for 10 to 15 seconds and engaged before being ushered away by players and staff.

With England scoring five tries in total and running the Boks close at the end of the game, George believes there are small margins that could make the difference next time out.

"At the same time you have to have big respect for what South Africa did out there; 24-3 down is a very hard place to come back from and fair play to them they got stuck in".

Asked by the interviewer if he had responded, Jones added: "Of course I did". If someone can help me out, please help me out.

"Our replacements all went to the United States of America last week and I expected them to run out of steam a bit after some time, but all of them made a big impact".

However, the 58-year-old dismissed the incident as nothing more than a "little conversation about a bottle of wine".

"It was exciting and I did my best to stay calm after I scored my first try because it was still early in the game and I needed to remain focused on the job".

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 Owen Farrell over under the posts. But debutant S'busiso Nkosi's charge to within inches of the whitewash was followed by the outstanding Faf De Klerk spinning over, stemming the flow of English points and initiating a high-octane fightback.

On the half-hour mark it was game on when a Springbok attack down the right was revived through their tenacity before De Klerk's vision offered the lightning-fast Nkosi a half-chance.

The dream debut continued when he popped up on the opposite wing after a clever run from Le Roux created the space for fellow debutant Aphiwe Dyantyi to send him over.

England tried to match South Africa's first-half comeback in the closing stages, Maro Itoje reaching over the top of a ruck to score before May raced clear from inside his own territory, but the hosts held on to edge a classic. England set up for one last attack from a lineout, but South Africa stole the throw-in and scrambled the ball out of play to clinch victory.