Congratulations to Danny Care who earned his 50th England Cap and will lead out England.
It wasn’t a great start from England with Farrell’s kick off going straight out and it only took 15 minutes for South Africa to score their first points. It came as a seven-pointer as Danny Care scooped the ball up out the ruck then passed to Owen Farrell. This pass did not make Farrell though it went straight to Serfontein, the South African centre, who raced away and dotted down underneath the sticks. Farrell replied with two penalties but the Springboks responded to this with two penalties of their own through Pat Lambie.
HALF TIME ENGLAND 6 – 13 SOUTH AFRICA
The second half started the same as the first for England but this time it only took 40 seconds for a Springbok score. Lambie’s dink was caught by Le Roux who then did a fancy offload to Reinach who finished superbly well. Twickenham were on their feet celebrating England’s first try. On 44 minutes Victor Matfield was shown yellow and England cleared to touch. From the maul Dave Wilson, the prop, flopped over for his first England try. Twickenham could celebrate yet again as 3 minutes later Ben Morgan stepped, paced and powered his way over the line. The South Africans responded with a try of their own as Burger peeled from the back of the maul and bundled his way over the whitewash. As soon as Matfield had entered the field an England player was leaving. England parted with Dylan Hartley who was sent to the bin for supposedly stamping on South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth. South Africa used this penalty to kick for the corner. This did not create a try but a 3 pointer. Lambie sat back in the pocket and tapped it over the posts. England pushed into the South African 22 when Vunipola flicked it out to Barritt who finished off in the corner. South Africa finished the match with a try from Le Roux but Steve Walsh was certain Le Roux knocked it on in the build up so he called full time. England slip to their fifth consecutive loss. Do they look like World Cup favourites?!
FULL TIME ENGLAND 28 – 31 SOUTH AFRICA