South Africa 42 England 39: Eddie Jones’ side blow 21-point lead as Red Rose suffer fifth straight defeat

ENGLAND suffered a fifth defeat in a row as they blew a 21-point lead to narrowly lose 42-39 against South Africa in Johanessburg.

Flanker Siya Kolisi made history by becoming the first black player to captain the Springboks, but his side got off to the worst possible start in the first of three test matches.

 Mike Brown scored the opening try of the match for England against South Africa

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Mike Brown scored the opening try of the match for England against South Africa
 Siya Kolisi was making history as he become the first black player to captain the Springboks

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Siya Kolisi was making history as he become the first black player to captain the Springboks
 Elliot Daly scored Eddie Jones' side's second try of the game in Johannesburg

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Elliot Daly scored Eddie Jones' side's second try of the game in Johannesburg

Three tries in the opening 18 minutes from Mike Brown, Elliot Daly and Owen Farrell put England 24-3 up, before they were left stunned by their African opponents.

Faf de Klerk got the opening try for his country in the 21st minute – capitalising on a defensive mistake from Maro Itoje.

And Rassie Erasmus' men then pounced on another mistake at the back as Sibusisi Nkosi made the most of Elliot Daly's horror show.

Nkosi chipped the ball out towards the try line, but the Wasps ace dived over the ball, allowing the 22-year-old the simplest of tries.

Siya Kolisi was making history as he become the first black player to captain the South Africa

 Owen Farrell scored a try in the 18th minute to put England 24-3 up

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Owen Farrell scored a try in the 18th minute to put England 24-3 up
 South African fly-half Fa de Klerk reacts after England raced into a 21-point lead

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South African fly-half Fa de Klerk reacts after England raced into a 21-point lead
 South African winger Sibusiso Nkosi scored two tries as the Springboks took the lead going into half-time

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South African winger Sibusiso Nkosi scored two tries as the Springboks took the lead going into half-time
 Nkosi celebrates with his team-mates after scoring a try for his country

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Nkosi celebrates with his team-mates after scoring a try for his country

And he followed up his debut with another try minutes later after coming in from the left-flank to power past the England line.

Willie le Roux was the next man to get in on the act as he scored a try in the 39th minute to give the Springboks the lead.

De Klerk was once again the architect – finding le Roux with a quick pass – as he pierced the defence at speed, as Handre Pollard converted the kick.

Pollard kicked home a penalty shortly before half-time to give the African's a five-point lead, before Aphiwe Dyantyi scored a try in the 64th minute.

 Aphiwe Dyanti went over for a try in the 64th minute for South Africa

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Aphiwe Dyanti went over for a try in the 64th minute for South Africa
 Fly-half Handre Pollard scored three penalties for South Africa as they won 42-39

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Fly-half Handre Pollard scored three penalties for South Africa as they won 42-39
 Brown was unable to inspire England to victory in the first of three test matches

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Brown was unable to inspire England to victory in the first of three test matches
 England's Ben Youngs in action with South African star Franco Mostert

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England's Ben Youngs in action with South African star Franco Mostert

The 23-year-old got on the end of a fine, free-flowing passing move, as he grabbed the ball on the second attempt to score on his debut.

Maro Itoje then gave England the hope of a comeback, as he reached over the top of the ruck to squeeze the ball over the line in the 71st minute, but Farrell missed the conversion.

South Africa immediately hit back with a penalty of their own, before Jonny May broke free from the defence after collecting the ball ten yards inside his own half to race clear for a try.

Farrell this time converted, but there was no time left on the clock for Jones' men who suffered a fifth consecutive defeat.

Despite another loss, there is still optimism going into next week's test against South Africa, but another loss will surely leave Jones clinging on to a job.

 Fly-half George Ford kicks the ball away from danger during the first test match between the two nations

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Fly-half George Ford kicks the ball away from danger during the first test match between the two nations
 Brad Shields impressed on his debut under Eddie Jones against South Africa

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Brad Shields impressed on his debut under Eddie Jones against South Africa

Speaking after the match, Farrell said: "We got off to a good start but then a few errors crept in, and indiscipline.

"We’ll have a look at the game but we need to make sure that we stick together… and that we get the technical bits right.”

While Billy Vunipola said: "We probably just got too tight around the ruck. They have dangerous players, especially Willy Le Roux, and I guess we reacted a little too late to it. but we still could have won it at the end."

Before adding: "Obviously we don’t like losing but it’s nice to have a strong South African team and they were very strong side today.but well be fine.”

While boss Jones added: "It was a game we could have won. I’ve never seen a better 20 minutes by a visiting team at Ellis Park [than the opening 20 minutes by England]. But then there was a mixture of inconsistency and a lack of discipline.

"I’m proud of the effort of the boys but we need to fix that discipline. I select the players and we have to try to change the behaviour of the players.”

 England players look dejected after suffering their fifth straight defeat

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England players look dejected after suffering their fifth straight defeat

ENGLAND suffered a fifth defeat in a row as they blew a 21-point lead to narrowly lose 42-39 against South Africa in Johanessburg.