Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England slide to worst ranking in two years


"There were a lot of young guys on that park against a lot of experienced England players".

Rassie Erasmus. Picture courtesy of Twitter. Farrell converted them all and kicked a penalty.

"I want Schalk to perform a similar role, because he has extensive inside knowledge and plenty of experience from playing for Saracens in the English and European conditions".

"It certainly could've gone from bad to worse, but credit to Siya (Kolisi), Duane (Vermeulen), Beast (Mtawarira) and Handre (Pollard), our senior players, for getting us back on track".

"We know we're up against a very good side, a very physical side so it's going to be a challenge for us but one I feel we're ready for".

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With nippy scrumhalf Faf de Klerk helping to provide the Boks with quick ball, the clash was played at a frenetic pace, and at times there were signs of a battle-weary England side struggling to keep the pace at altitude. If they throw something different at us, we have to be able to handle it and adjust on the field as we did last Saturday... "The new caps didn't panic". But that isn't a given, we will see how things pan out.

Eddie Jones' side looked good for the first 20 minutes and the last 10, but lost its way badly in the middle. "It's a great way for our younger guys to learn the trade of global rugby from these guys".

Erasmus said the fact that Brits knows and plays with numerous English players will make a marked difference to preparation and he can guide the younger hookers through what to expect.

"He started at lock and then moved to flank at provincial level before consolidating as a prop to play 100 Tests".

"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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