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England Player Ratings: South Africa (A)

Read Sport Logo By Jonny Bisby of Read Sport | Slide 1 of 17: England have lost their summer series against South Africa after just two games following a dismal performance in a 23-12 defeat in Bloemfontein.Like in the first match, England stormed into an early lead with tries from Mike Brown and Jonny May but failed to score for the remainder of the game.Duane Vermeulen stormed through the English defence from close range to get the Boks’s first score and a penalty from Handre Pollard meant the home side had a one-point advantage going into the break.Greater accuracy and discipline in second half ensured South Africa remained in control after the break, a penalty try and a further three points via Pollard’s boot ensured the victory.South Africa seem reborn under new head coach Rassie Eramus and their new captain, Siya Kolisi and will be looking for a series whitewash next Saturday in Cape Town after taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Vermeulen was a constant threat with ball in hand and scrum half Faf De Klerk seemed to be everywhere on the pitch, making the most of poor English discipline.For Eddie Jones’s men, it was their fifth consecutive Test Match defeat in a row. A disappointing 42-39 defeat in the first game in Johannesburg and a torrid display here in the second, major changes seem to be needed to address obvious problems in player attitude, too many missed tackles and game management.Here is how I rated the England players…

England Player Ratings: South Africa (A)

England have lost their summer series against South Africa after just two games following a dismal performance in a 23-12 defeat in Bloemfontein.

Like in the first match, England stormed into an early lead with tries from Mike Brown and Jonny May but failed to score for the remainder of the game.

Duane Vermeulen stormed through the English defence from close range to get the Boks’s first score and a penalty from Handre Pollard meant the home side had a one-point advantage going into the break.Greater accuracy and discipline in second half ensured South Africa remained in control after the break, a penalty try and a further three points via Pollard’s boot ensured the victory.

South Africa seem reborn under new head coach Rassie Eramus and their new captain, Siya Kolisi and will be looking for a series whitewash next Saturday in Cape Town after taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Vermeulen was a constant threat with ball in hand and scrum half Faf De Klerk seemed to be everywhere on the pitch, making the most of poor English discipline.

For Eddie Jones’s men, it was their fifth consecutive Test Match defeat in a row. A disappointing 42-39 defeat in the first game in Johannesburg and a torrid display here in the second, major changes seem to be needed to address obvious problems in player attitude, too many missed tackles and game management.

Here is how I rated the England players…

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