Jones feels the African heat as England tumble to fifth defeat


Victory for England meant they sealed the series Credit

For the second week running England surged into an early lead with two scores as they spread the ball wide and were met with brittle defence from the home side.

England succumbed to their fifth consecutive Test match loss yesterday as yet again, the team looked scintillating during the first 10 minutes but more like a group of amateurs for the majority of the game.

"Obviously was very emotional and disappointed with result". It was nearly a re-run of last week. "For some reason we're just not handling the key moments of the game".

"We have been through an exceptional period and now we're going through this tough period".

"We're a bit like a broken auto at the moment - we fix something then something else breaks".

"I haven't had too many times when I have experienced this".

England have not lost six tests in a row since they went on a seven-match losing streak in 2006, though they made the World Cup final the following year, losing to South Africa. Bad penalties that we gave away, bad discipline, a lot of things that we did wrong.

Jones feels that the situation is not as dire as results suggest and that the team is not far off where they should be.

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The RFU released a statement yesterday to the Press Association saying that Jones had written to Bath owner Bruce Craig to apologise for calling him "the Donald Trump of rugby" two weeks ago over a spate over injuries sustained during England training camps.

While the third and final test in Cape Town on June 23 is now a dead rubber, it will give England a chance to end their miserable run of form.

"This team has a lot of pride, we've won back-to-back Six Nations, equalled the record for wins", said Jones.

You are always going to have a hard run and every team that I have been in that has been successful we've had a hard run like this. "Everybody is going to work extremely hard to get out of this and it will be an absolute top effort in Cape Town".

"When you put a 31-man World Cup squad together, if you just take the props, hookers and the nines that is 12 positions already taken".

"Being behind by only 12 points down and not 24 points helped a bit, but we got our composure back quicker than last week", Erasmus told reporters.

"This is a great learning experience for the team, even if it is painful, extremely painful".

He added: "You've got to remember we are missing 25 players on this tour".

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