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Cary Erickson | 12 June, 2018, 06:27

Nkosi scored in each corner, and fullback Willie le Roux, another overseas-based player recalled by Erasmus, got the fourth for South Africa, which went to halftime 29-27 ahead.

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

"Eddie is sharp, he will have a few plans up his sleeve and that is the only way they (the Boks) are going to learn", Erasmus told reporters on Monday.

She says while it was tense, she kept the hope throughout the game.

"When we played I think things have changed a little bit, so it is a bit more relevant, guys who played in different competitions and in different countries with different styles always bring something to the party".

Prince George pictured playing with a toy gun and people aren't happy
Professional acrobating might not be in her cards to be honest, but the little royal can definitely rock a pair of sunglasses. The Duke of Cambridge was effectively upstaged at the event by his adorable progeny, Prince George and Princess Charlotte .

Erasmus said they would certainly need to be prepared for a wily English team to offer new threats this Saturday. Still, we will have to try a few things next week and we will have to make big calls going forward, which probably means we'll lose some matches, but we have to get players exposed to Test rugby and see if they have what it takes to make it at this level. England did use decoy runners to good effect at Ellis Park, while they will have identified the need to limit De Klerk's time and space around the fringes.

Both teams were exposed on defence out wide at times during last Saturday's clash, and it will be interesting to see what improvements are made in this regard this week.

'Eddie [Jones] is sharp, he will have some plans up his sleeve.

"Start learning from other guys and the way they approach the games, with him being on the field somewhere hopefully. 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. "We obviously would have wanted to start better today, but the character the guys showed was unbelievable".