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England players called a meeting after first South Africa Test defeat

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We might only be one match into England's series against South Africa but it has been revealed an emergency meeting between the players has already taken in the aftermath of Saturday's defeat.

Head coach Eddie Jones had previously accepted responsibility for the mistakes made during the Six Nations, which saw England finish in fifth (their lowest finish since 1984), but it would appear the players have now taken it upon themselves to find a way out of the rut they currently find themselves in.

After conceding another high proportion of penalties during the 42-39 defeat, Jonny May confirmed the players did get together to further stress the importance of staying on the right side of the referee.

"We have spoken about discipline before - in the Six Nations it killed us and it was as bad as ever at the weekend," said May, per the Daily Mail.

"At the meetings we had last night, the theme was discipline. Hopefully we have realised - we should have realised by now - the impact one penalty has on the momentum of a game, let alone back-to-back penalties.

"It really does have a huge impact. You talk about a butterfly effect. It’s chaos theory. One small action can have a huge impact later on in the game.

"We looked back at the Ireland game. Owen on a kick-chase took Sexton out... Penalty. Boom. Lineout penalty. Boom, high ball, try. One penalty can really get a team going and it is so frustrating because we know better than that, but at the moment - hands up - it’s on us because it’s not good enough.

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"It is frustrating sitting here saying the same things again, but we didn’t adapt and learn quick enough on the pitch."

Defeat in Johannesburg leaves England now on a run of four consecutive Test defeats and with Jones well and truly under the pressure.

Therefore, with very little margin for error, the Australian will be desperate to get results swinging back in his favour on Saturday in the second test against the Springboks in Bloemfontein.

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