England head coach Eddie Jones believes his side are now in a ‘stronger position’ after their series loss to South Africa.
Jones and his side finished the series with a 25-10 victory at Newlands, ending a run of five straight defeats which began against Scotland in the Six Nations.
The victory in Cape Town was Owen Farrell’s first as captain, with the skipper kicking six penalties during the win.
All England side’s previously have failed to win a Test – or even score a try at Newlands until Saturday.
Talking after the win, Jones was full of praise for his side and believes the victory will kick start something special for the team with the World Cup a year away.
I think it’s actually put us in a stronger position. It’s been an absolutely important part to renew the side. We want to be the best team in the world and you have to go through these periods to find out things about yourself, we have done that. Now we want to kick on.
Jones was also impressed with the returning Danny Cipriani, who made his first England start in 10 years, and created his side’s only try with a superb cross field kick.
We mentioned Cipriani might have the ability to take the opportunity, which he did. He saw the space, put a well-weighted kick in and the chase was fantastic.