A fourth successive Test defeat was registered as the Springboks fought back from a 21-point deficit surrendered inside the first quarter to prevail 42-39 in a mesmerising opening instalment of the series. That onslaught produced three tries and 24 points from the visitors in the first 16 minutes.
Coach Rassie Erasmus admitted he had made life a little more hard for the new captain by getting the initial tactics wrong in just his second game in charge of the national side. England was dominant once more in the last 10 minutes and scored two late tries. "Maybe we got seduced by the game and that might have been the cause for some uncharacteristic and costly errors". Pollard extended South Africa's advantage with a penalty, though the fly-half's effort was sandwiched between two misses that kept England in touch. "It was a tough time to start off a game like that", Kolisi said. "I'm proud of the guys - they showed character and it's something we can take forward".
England head coach Eddie Jones has played down Saturday's confrontation with South Africa fans after the first Test match at Ellis Park.
Supporters leaned over the railings and verbally insulted Jones as he walked down the tunnel at the end of the first Test, Press Association Sport understands.
"The crowd always get behind us and for some reason, when we play here, we bring our best".
In any case, as I say, I think Eddie Jones will take the positives.
Two minutes later and they were over again, Slade's long pass giving May space and with shell-shocked South Africa in disarray he sent Farrell over under the posts.
His reign began with back-to-back Six Nations triumphs in 2016 and 2017, including a Grand Slam in his first campaign, but Ireland deposed them as champions this year and they suffered defeats against Scotland, France, Ireland and the Barbarians before they set off for a three-Test series against South Africa this month.
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Today, Siya Kolisi will follow in Madiba's footsteps down the same tunnel to lead the Springboks into a new dawn. Farrell converted them all and kicked a penalty.
"I was anxious", Erasmus said.
"There were a lot of young guys involved against a very experienced England side and it could have gone really badly for us", Erasmus said.
But Kolisi remained cool, rallied his troops and with scrum-half Faf de Klerk playing a starring role, a magnificent comeback ensued in which the home team scored four tries to grab a 29-24 advantage.
Kiwi-born flanker, Hurricanes captain Brad Shields, endured a rough start to his global career for England.
South Africa dominated much of the second half before England, finally able to get their hands on the ball, conjured tries for Maro Itoje and Jonny May that proved too late to save the day.
All over a "nice bottle of pinotage", mention of South Africa's signature wine seemed to irk the South Africa fan.