George upbeat on England's chances

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England hooker Jamie George says there is plenty to take from their opening game against South Africa into the second Test in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Despite a blistering opening 20 minutes where they scored three tries, England lost the opener of the three-Test series 42-39 at Ellis Park.

With England scoring five tries in total and running the Boks close at the end of the game, George believes there are small margins that could make the difference next time out.

“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.

“We just want to put things right. We were nearly very, very good, so hopefully we can string a few things together and get that 80 minute performance next week."

Head coach Eddie Jones has urged his team to improve their discipline ahead of their next meeting, and George says it is something the players are aware of.

“Honesty is a big part of it and players need to take responsibility at the same time," he added.

“There were a lot of individual errors that led to the ill-discipline, so first up we've got to be honest with ourselves, brutally honest at times, and hopefully that will lead to coaches not having to say too much."

Bok respect 

England have won just three times on South African soil and are looking for a first ever series win in the Rainbow Nation this summer. "The first 20 minutes was some of the best rugby we’ve played."

Despite the opening defeat, when asked if England can still win the series Saracens forward George responded: “I wholeheartedly feel that.

"At the same time you have to have big respect for what South Africa did out there; 24-3 down is a very difficult place to come back from and fair play to them they got stuck in.

“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.  

“The first 20 minutes was some of the best rugby we’ve played and we then let them back into the game by ill-discipline, which is so, so frustrating, so hopefully we can build on why the first 20 minutes that was so good."


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