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Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    South Africa 42-39 England

    Well, I hope you have all got your breath back.

    I won't be live texting the next Test - which is just as well.

    You can read James Standley's report here.

    Until next time.

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    Sean: Faf, Thor and Willie immense. Not the best performance, we need to learn how to defend but a win's a win and after the horror show us South Africans have been put through in the last few years, we’ll take it.

  3. 'It was a beautiful game' - Kolisi

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    South Africa captain Siya Kolisi on Sky Sports: "It was a beautiful game. We worked really hard to make sure we were ready for this game, and thanks to everyone for coming out to support us - this is my favourite ground to play at for the Springboks.

    "I didn't need to say anything [when England scored their third try], we knew what we were doing wrong, we just had to pick the tempo up and we did that and it worked in our favour.

    "We were all part of the win today, all you have to worry about is your effort you put in. So, all the debutants did what they were picked for, what they do in Super Rugby."

  4. 'Credit to the guys for coming back' - De Klerk

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    South Africa scrum-half Faf de Klerk on Sky Sports: "It's great to be back - I can't complain.

    "I think we knew how we wanted to play after the first 20 minutes and those early tries. Great credit to the guys for coming back after conceding early tries, and then we just kept going and going and going."

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    Stuart Charles: May will be furious at his teammates for not being as committed as he has. Brilliant game from him.

    Debs: Daly was absolutely woeful at full-back. Plus Billy Vunipola looked a shadow of the player we remember. We need to remember this is not a vintage South Africa team...not good.

  6. 'We have to stick together' - Farrell

    South Africa 42-39 England

    England skipper Owen Farrell: "We got off to a good start but then a few errors crept in. Our discipline then let us down.

    "We have to look at the game and make sure we stick together. This will make us better and get the best out of us."

  7. 'There is a lot of work to be done' - Vermeulen

    South Africa 42-39 England

    South Africa's Duane Vermeulen on Sky Sports: "We had a good pre-match speech. One thing came out is that you have to earn respect from your peers. A lot of guys put up their hands and earned the respect. We are a young side and still have work to do.

    "I was desperate to be back in the team. This green jersey means a lot to us.

    "We are happy with our performance but there is a lot of work to be done.

    "We have to take it step by step. If the guys work like that then there are lot of good things to come."

  8. 'We'll work on our discipline' - Vunipola

    FT: South Africa 42-39 England

    England number eight Billy Vunipola speaking to Sky Sports: "We probably gave them too much front-foot ball and too much space around the ruck. It's one of those things, we still could have won this game, I thought we played well.

    "It's a great occasion and we don't like losing, but it's nice to have a strong South Africa side and they played well today.

    "We'll work on our discipline this week, there's a lot we can work on, but I think we'll be fine, we'll be fine, we always are."

  9. 'England will improve in the next two Tests'

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    Matt Dawson

    Former Lions and England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    England were good at times - playing away from home, at altitude. They nearly turned it around at the very end. But again, their poor discipline cost England. Individual errors keep costing them, and that's what the England management will be disappointed with.

    It's a tough start to be in Ellis Park - England will be better in the next two Tests. They've got a lot to look at and a lot of places where they can improve.

    George Ford Aphiwe Dyantyi
  10. Post update

    South Africa 42-39 England

    What a remarkable first Test.

    England looked good in attack but made error after error in midfield - not great when you can place a pen between the sticks from 61 metres out!

    Faf de Klerk was on another level - maybe because he's shorter than the rest altitude doesn't affect him as much.

    Maybe not.

  11. 'Well done, South Africa'

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    Paul Grayson

    Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    England were sensational in that opening quarter - it could have been embarrasing for South Africa - but they fought back well. It has to be Faf De Klerk for the man of the match - he inspired that comeback - he was the orchestrator.

    Endeavor, excitement, in a jumping Ellis Park. Well done, South Africa.

    Faf de Klerk
  12. BreakingFull-time

    South Africa 42-39 England

    Nope possession lost.

    South Africa have the ball and kick it out.

    The Springboks win the first Test.

    England will rue not building on that impressive early lead.

    England Team Looking Dejected
  13. Post update

    South Africa 42-39 England

    South Africa are two yards from the tryline, but England have possession and win the pen.

    Elliot Daly is asked by Owen Farrell to gain them yards.

    I'd say the visitors are 50 yards from the line.

    They have a lineout.

  14. Post update

    South Africa 42-39 England

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  15. 'Unbelievable pace from May'

    South Africa 42-39 England

    Paul Grayson

    Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Unbelievable pace from Jonny May on the outside. Great passing through the backs to get May space, and then he turned on the after-burners to escape the South African defence.

  16. Converted try - South Africa 42-39 England (May)

    England are turned over, but they retrieve possession.

    It's in the hands of Jonny May.

    Who runs, and runs, and runs and goes over for a late try.

    Surely not?


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    Stoney: Once again Robshaw has had a game to forget. He just gets in the way. We’ve got far better flankers to choose from. Time to move him along.

  18. 'It's been full of mistakes'

    South Africa 42-32 England

    Paul Grayson

    Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    I don't know who would have predicted a scoreline like this - it's been loose, it's been full of mistakes - but there's also been some brilliant attacking plays.

  19. Penalty (Pollard)

    South Africa 42-32 England

    Pollard doesn't miss.

    Ten points is now the difference.

    Four minutes remaining.

    Game over.