South Africa rally to defeat England

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New South Africa captain Siya Kolisi was a bag of nerves when the Springboks were blown away by a rampant England in the early stages of Saturday's first test at Ellis Park but praised his charges for rallying to win a pulsating encounter.

Winger Mike Brown followed up with a try in the corner and captain and centre Owen Farrell converted to give England a 10-point advantage with just five minutes gone.

"Congratulations to South Africa for winning the game; for clawing back into the game".

England's latest defeat was marred by ugly scenes after the final whistle, as Eddie Jones became embroiled in a verbal confrontation with South African fans.

"South Africa have used a get out of jail card and sometimes you don't get that again", said Jones, whose team dropped to fifth in the global rankings. They have never lost a series at home against the tourists.

"I wouldn't worry about that because it was such a great game of rugby". Not at all will it be hard to pick the players up.

"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.

The All Blacks scored 44 unanswered points in the second half as they came from behind to hammer France 52-11 in the opening game of their three-Test series on Saturday.

A fourth successive Test defeat for England, then.

Kolisi was a little more detached from the moment. "It shows that transformation is working", he added.

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.

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.

"Faf was excellent", Jones said. 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.

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

Onlookers said that Bok fans leaned over railings above the tunnel and shouted insults at the Australian. But the coach played it down afterwards.

Asked in a Sky Sports interview about a rumoured altercation after the match with supporters, Jones said: "They've always got something to say here". "Especially when they win". "I was just asking them where I could get a good bottle of Pinotage", the former Saracens boss told reporters.

"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".