Erasmus delighted with South Africa's spirit

Faf de Klerk makes a break for South Africa during their 42-39 win over England in Johannesburg

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus heralded his team's defiant 42-39 Test win over England in Johannesburg on Saturday under their first black captain Siya Kolisi. 'We've been waiting a long time to see that from players who are said to be more seasoned, and they haven't got those subtleties right'. Especially when they win'. "Don't worry about one little conversation about a bottle of red wine in the tunnel".

"I was just asking them where I could get a good bottle of Pinotage". That's what happened, that's what I asked him.

"Warren Whiteley will be available as well and there are a lot of guys that are missing out (through injury) now so maybe it (the Rugby Championship) will be a good time to build some leadership without Duane, even though obviously we can call on him".

England finished the stronger of the sides as Itoje stretched over the ruck to reduce South Africa's lead to 39-32 and then May ran though the home defence to leave the Boks three points ahead with one minute left.

Sale scrum-half Faf de Klerk orchestrated a thrilling fightback that produced two tries for electric debutant wing S'Busiso Nkosi.

New South Africa captain Siya Kolisi is tackled by Jonny May of England.

Trailing by 21 points after 18 minutes, South Africa staged a magnificent rally to lead 29-27 at half-time and held off a late England charge to succeed in a 10-try festival. "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.

"It was a wonderful game of rugby, but it's not good to sit in the loser's seat".

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"We know Eddie has a sharp mind and will surely have a few tricks up his sleeve for the second Test".

Jones dismissed this as a factor, and blamed "individual errors and indiscipline" as England added another defeat to three from their five Six Nations matches this winter.

Jones also believes his side conceded soft tries, while explaining the 35th minute introduction of forward Brad Shields for Nick Isiekwe was an attempt to "change the momentum of the game".

"Because we came back it made it easier to get consistency in the team selection", he said.

"But the second is that we now know that we have the capability to come back from tough situations and that does a lot for our confidence".

"So I took a calculated risk and brought another back row on because I thought it would give us more mobility around the field in our defence".

Erasmus is back in the town where he hit the big-time while playing for the Cheetahs and where he started his coaching career.

"We are going to make fearless calls and we are going to lose some matches by making courageous calls. Hopefully, we can build on why we were so good at the start".

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