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'Our discipline let us down': Owen Farrell laments England's performance as they gave away 12 penalties in defeat to South Africa

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/06/2018 Michael Searles

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Owen Farrell scored 16 points in a losing cause and was well aware what cost England at Ellis Park.

Eddie Jones' side sped out the blocks and took a 24-3 lead early on in the first-half but were clawed back by South Africa who went into half-time ahead.

Farrell tried to inspire his side to a comeback with a rallying talk at half-time. Although they put up some more points they could not match South Africa and ran out 42-39 losers.

a rugby player with a football ball: Faf de Klerk (R) put in a man of the match performance for the Springboks to please his coach © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Faf de Klerk (R) put in a man of the match performance for the Springboks to please his coach

'We got off to a good start, but then a few errors crept in. Our discipline then let us down,' said Farrell after seeing England rack up 12 penalties.

Jones was so displeased with Nick Isiekwe that he subbed the forward after just 36 minutes, while Elliot Daly's kicking game was way off.  

On the other side, South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus was delighted by a triumphant start to the series.

a group of people standing in the grass: Owen Farrell (R) blames England's lack of discipline for defeat to South Africa on Saturday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Owen Farrell (R) blames England's lack of discipline for defeat to South Africa on Saturday

Willie Le Roux put in a sterling performance for the Springboks but it was Faf de Klerk who was man of the match.

Erasmus said: 'There were a lot of young guys involved against a very experienced England side,' Erasmus said.

Rugby Union - First Test International - South Africa v England - Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - June 9, 2018   England’s Owen Farrell runs in to score their third try    REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko © Reuters Rugby Union - First Test International - South Africa v England - Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - June 9, 2018 England’s Owen Farrell runs in to score their third try REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

'I'm really proud that despite of all the mistakes and wrong things we did I think character is something we can take forward and build on.'

They take a 1-0 lead into the three-match series, with the next two games set to be played on June 16 and June 23.

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