EDDIE JONES attempted to rewrite history after South Africa made it.
England also lost their final three Six Nations games.
So that’s played five. Lost five.
Oh, and 21 tries conceded.
But not for Jones.
Pressed on the miserable record, furious Jones said: “I’m not going to answer that question because I will lose my patience.”
The Barbarians game — in which the Red Rose leaked a record nine tries at Twickenham — was not a capped international.
Jones also shunned advice on playing at altitude.
Experts advise arriving at least ten days before games to adapt to reduced oxygen in the air — or jet in less than 24 hours before kick-off so your body retains higher oxygen levels before they drop.
Instead, England stayed in the UK before flying to Durban last weekend and arriving in Joburg on Thursday.
Yet Jones insisted: “We don't think the benefits of staying at altitude are massive enough.
“And we didn’t lose the game because of altitude — we lost because of individual errors and discipline.
“The way we started you wouldn’t have thought altitude was the problem. It was a momentum game based on possession.”
Hooker Jamie George disagreed. The Lions star admitted: “It was tough after 20 minutes. The altitude really did kick in and definitely hit us quite hard.”
De Klerk said: “We knew they were based in Durban and coming from the UK the altitude was going to be a factor.
“That was our plan from the start but we didn’t have the ball in the first 20.
“England made a few errors they don’t usually make and that played into our hands.”
Maro Itoje and Jonny May pulled back two late tries to close the gap but sorting out the discipline will be crucial before Saturday’s Second Test in Bloemfontein.
Skipper Owen Farrell said: “At times we were a bit too desperate to try and get the ball back, or try and do something to give us the momentum probably quicker.
“We need to play with a discipline that allows us to get the ball back and get momentum — not be desperate to get it back straight away.
“The main thing for us is belief. Not just saying it, but having a proper deep belief that we can go and win.
“From speaking to the boys I don’t think that will be an issue.