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Jones in row with Boks fans after England defeat

Match Report South Africa 42 England 39 Eddie Jones Clashes With South African Fan In His Search For Red Wine
Cary Erickson | 14 June, 2018, 09:18

Despite a blistering opening 20 minutes where they scored three tries, England lost the opener of the three-Test series 42-39 at Ellis Park.

The Australian confirmed after the match that their had been an exchange of words with some local fans, who had watched their side come back from a 24-3 deficit early in the match.

A fourth successive Test defeat for England, then.

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.

Later, Jones attempted to play down what had happened, by joking: "I was just asking them where I could get a good bottle of Pinotage and I'm still waiting for the answer!" If someone can help me out, please help me out.

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".

However, Jones dismissed the incident as just "a little conversation about a bottle of wine" in his post-match press conference.

After their fightback - racking up 36 points to England's three in the middle part of the game - the Boks held on grimly at the end as the momentum changed wildly again.

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Daly crossed the try line on 15 minutes and Farrell two minutes later with great ease as rampant England tore through the South African defence at will.

Owen Farrell's touch down, and England's third, in the 18th minute silenced Ellis Park.

"That might have been the cause of some uncharacteristic individual discipline errors which allowed South Africa back into the game and they were able to piggy-back off 17 penalties to establish a lead. We were almost very, very good, so hopefully we can string a few things together and get that 80 minute performance next week".

"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".

"I'm immensely proud of my team and the way they played".

"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. "There was a lot of young guys on the could have gone really bad for us".

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.

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.