England going in right direction, despite blowing big lead, says coach

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi running pre-match drills

"It's a big moment for the country to have Kolisi as captain and for him to win his first game at Ellis Park, the spiritual homeland of the Springboks", said Jones, who worked as a consultant to South Africa during their successful 2007 World Cup.

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.

"In the first 20 minutes we were at times brilliant". 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.

And it did not take them long to strike the first hammer blow, with Harlequins' Brown shaking off a couple of challenges to power over in the corner. "This game has set the series up fantastically well".

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. Kolisi is hoping to reflect on his historic achievement after the three-match series against England has been won. "It's an enormously symbolic thing for South African rugby and shows that transformation is working".

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

At the top of their agenda will be devising a plan to nullify De Klerk, South Africa's dynamo of a scrum-half, who thrived off the quick ball presented by his dominant pack.


But England suddenly lost momentum as South Africa found their straps with De Klerk dictating the pace of play in a triumphant return to his former home ground.

Jones said: 'Faf was excellent, he was a little buzzsaw.

'The two wingers look like they run as fast as Usain Bolt.

As Jones walked down the tunnel at the end of the Test, some home fans leaned over the railings and verbally insulted him.

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 Farrell over under the posts.

"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". "I asked the fan where I can get a good bottle of Pinotage and I'm still waiting for the answer".

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

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