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Springboks Schalk Brits recalled England Test Bloemfontein

12 June 2018

Hooker Schalk Brits has been added to the Springbok squad and has already joined the group in Bloemfontein, it was confirmed on Monday.

The victory gave Siya Kolisi a nerve-jangling win in his first test as Springboks captain, and South Africa reason to be positive under new coach Rassie Erasmus following a dismal past two years under Allister Coetzee. "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. "We want to do something special on this tour and the players are all incredibly excited about this challenge and opportunity we have".

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"The frustration, for me, of not getting it quite right means that I just want to rip into it this week and if it was up to me we would be playing again tomorrow".

Eddie Jones' side looked good for the first 20 minutes and the last 10, but lost its way badly in the middle. Looking back, we probably got out of jail free today, but just as they could have put us away, we could have put them away.

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Aphiwe Dyantyi, another South Africa wing on debut, pushed the home team 39-27 ahead, making England pay immediately for a yellow card to prop Mako Vunipola in his 50th test. "We only scraped through‚" said Erasmus.

England started with a bang and raced to a 24-3 lead in the opening quarter, thanks to three converted tries and a penalty goal, but SA Rugby's Director of Rugby said they made a few tactical adjustments, which started the comeback.

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"We knew that wasn't what we worked on during the week".