Things looked promising when England raced to an early 24-3 lead in Johannesburg against the Springboks, but they ended up losing 42-39 to slip to their fourth Test defeat in a row (the loss to the Barbarians is not counted).
Eddie Jones' men are aiming to create history as the first England side to win a series in the Rainbow Nation, a tough prospect when taking into account their recent record against the Springboks: one victory in their last 13 meets. Tune into Sky Sports Action and Main Event from 3pm on Saturday June 16 to follow the Rose on England's journey to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
By the break, the Boks were ahead by 29-27 after a brace of tries by Sbu Nkosi, who was on debut for South Africa, as well as Willie le Roux and Faf de Klerk, both of whom were back in green and gold for the first time since 2016.
"When we managed to keep the ball, England were under the same stress we were early in the game. 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.
"I was obviously very nervous‚" said new captain Siya Kolisi. "The new caps didn't panic".
"We got the snakes".
"Last week wasn't the start we wanted and this wasn't the home start we wanted".
"Honesty is a big part of it and players need to take responsibility at the same time", he said.
"There were some great individual performances, but we still made too many unnecessary errors and we have a lot to work on".
"They could have put us away‚" Erasmus acknowledged.
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