Springboks

Under-pressure England need 'brutal honesty'

2018-06-11 19:48
Jamie George (Getty Images)

Johannesburg - England hooker Jamie George has told his team-mates to be "brutally honest" ahead of a must-win Test in South Africa on Saturday if they hope to score a first Test series triumph there.

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The 27-year-old said individual errors led to the ill discipline that saw England lose a first Test thriller 42-39 in Johannesburg last weekend after building a 21-point lead.

There are two Tests remaining, in Bloemfontein this Saturday and in Cape Town next weekend, and England must win both to create history after five previous failed attempts.

The last time the countries clashed in Bloemfontein, the Springboks crushed the Red Rose 58-10 in 2007.

"We let the Springboks back into the first Test because of ill discipline, which is so frustrating," George said in Indian Ocean port city Durban, where England are based.

"There were a lot of individual errors that led to the ill discipline, so first we have got to be honest with ourselves.

"We must be brutally honest at times and hopefully that will lead to the coaches not having to say too much.

"The first 20 minutes saw some of the best rugby we have played and then we let South Africa back into the game. Hopefully, we can build on why we were so good at the start."

"We were nearly very, very good, so I hope we can string a few things together and give an 80-minute performance."

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