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11
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Saturday 03 November 2018, 11:00am EDT

England v South Africa

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalOwen Farrell
    72'
  • Penalty GoalHandre Pollard
    67'
  • Penalty GoalElliot Daly
    50'
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalOwen Farrell
    36'
  • TRY!Sibusiso Nkosi
    32'
  • Penalty GoalOwen Farrell
    20'
  • Yellow CardMaro Itoje
    15'
  • Penalty GoalHandre Pollard
    6'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
319
381
Metres
36
56
Carries
20
23
Defenders beaten
13
4
Clean breaks
145
155
Passes
8
0
Offloads
12
19
Turnovers conceded
11
6
Turnovers won
165
113
Tackles
23
20
Missed tackles
England T C P
15 Elliot Daly 0 0 1
14 Jack Nowell 0 0 0
13 Henry Slade 0 0 0
12 Ben Te'o 0 0 0
11 Jonny May 0 0 0
10 Owen Farrell 0 0 3
9 Ben Youngs 0 0 0
1 Alec Hepburn 0 0 0
2 Dylan Hartley 0 0 0
3 Kyle Sinckler 0 0 0
4 Maro Itoje 0 0 0
5 George Kruis 0 0 0
6 Brad Shields 0 0 0
7 Tom Curry 0 0 0
8 Mark Wilson 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Jamie George 0 0 0
17 Ben Moon 0 0 0
18 Harry Williams 0 0 0
19 Charlie Ewels 0 0 0
20 Zach Mercer 0 0 0
21 Danny Care 0 0 0
22 George Ford 0 0 0
23 Chris Ashton 0 0 0
South Africa T C P
15 Damian Willemse 0 0 0
14 Sibusiso Nkosi 1 0 0
13 Jesse Kriel 0 0 0
12 Damian de Allende 0 0 0
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 0 0 0
10 Handre Pollard 0 0 2
9 Ivan van Zyl 0 0 0
1 Steven Kitshoff 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 0 0 0
3 Frans Malherbe 0 0 0
4 Eben Etzebeth 0 0 0
5 Pieter-Steph du Toit 0 0 0
6 Siya Kolisi 0 0 0
7 Duane Vermeulen 0 0 0
8 Warren Whiteley 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Mbongeni Mbonami 0 0 0
17 Thomas du Toit 0 0 0
18 Wilco Louw 0 0 0
19 RG Snyman 0 0 0
20 Lodewyk De Jager 0 0 0
21 Embrose Papier 0 0 0
22 Elton Jantjies 0 0 0
23 Andre Esterhuizen 0 0 0

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  • Thanks for joining our commentary this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye.
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  • England are next in action against New Zealand next week, while South Africa play France in Paris.
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  • England earn a huge win to kick off their Autumn International campaign, defeating South Africa by the tightest of margins at Twickenham. It was not a classic performance from Eddie Jones' men, but the Red Rose improved significantly as the game wore on. The boots of Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly notched the 12 points needed to secure the win. The Springboks will feel annoyed not just by the decision not to penalise Farrell for a shoulder on Andre Esterhuizen, but also their play in the first half as they failed to capitalise on several good positions inside the England 22. Without several key players, Jones will be delighted and will be looking to use this as a momentum boost.
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  • FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 12-11 SOUTH AFRICA
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  • Farrell gets away with the decision after the referee takes a second look and celebrates as England see out the win.
    80'+4''
  • England force the mistake, but Farrell commits with a shoulder on Esterhuizen and may be penalised here.
    80'+3''
  • Kriel makes a charge down the flank and tries to carve out room for a run, but the England defence holds firm.
    80'+2''
  • South Africa make gradual progress into the England half. They could be looking for a drop goal late in the game.
    80'''
  • The clock is red, but there's a chance for one last surge for the visitors.
    80''
  • Farrell gets the strip at the five-metre line and it allows England to clear the danger.
    80''
  • All hands on deck for England at the back as South Africa sit 10 metres out from the tryline.
    79''
  • South Africa make a huge charge into England territory through the middle as Kriel and De Allende make deep inroads. The Springboks have the ball inside the 22.
    78''
  • MISS! Pollard fails to send his effort through the posts. His kick has the distance, but it shaves the right upright and bounces wide.
    76''
  • South Africa get the penalty from the scrum and Pollard will go for the posts from distance.
    75''
  • Ford comes on for England to replace Te'o. Mbonami and Papier are on for the visitors.
    74''
  • Ford gets turned over immediately on his arrival on the pitch, handing South Africa the put-in at the scrum in a decent position on the half-way line.
    74''
  • Farrell makes no mistake from close range. The angle is against the fly-half, but he dissects the posts with ease. England regain the advantage.
    73''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! ENGLAND 12-11 SOUTH AFRICA (FARRELL)
    73''
  • England overpower South Africa at the scrum and force the mistake from the visitors. England have the penalty within kicking distance for Farrell.
    72''
  • England cut open South Africa down the left flank again and this time Daly does offload, but it's to Shields. The flanker makes good progress before he goes for the offload and hands the ball to the visitors five metres from the line. A poor decision from Shields.
    70''
  • England crash over the gainline through Te'o and there's support with Daly. The full-back goes inside rather than with Ashton and May on the sideline. He wastes the opportunity to challenge the tryline.
    69''
  • Pollard sends his kick through the posts from distance to allow the Springboks to regain the advantage.
    67''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! ENGLAND 9-11 SOUTH AFRICA (POLLARD)
    67''
  • South Africa win a crucial penalty at the breakdown just over the half-way line. Pollard will line up a kick from distance.
    66''
  • Louw, De Jager and Du Toit enter the field for the Springboks, while Ashton, Care and Williams are on for England.
    65''
  • South Africa hold England at bay on the edge of the 22. The contest is in the balance now. Both teams are playing solid rugby.
    64''
  • Both sides display their pace and power within a matter of seconds. Pollard races down the field before kicking into the England 22. May recovers the ball and takes it out of danger and charges through the green shirts. He gets to half way before offloading to Nowell, who continues his good work. England reverse field all the way to the South Africa 22.
    63''
  • MISS! Farrell misses the posts by the closest of margins. His kick skims the inside of the post and nestles on the protective padding on the frame before bouncing off.
    62''
  • England win a penalty from the lineout as Whiteley commits an infringement catching Itoje in the air. Farrell will line up a kick from 40 metres.
    60''
  • Youngs has had a solid afternoon for England. He forces a mistake from Pollard on the charge as he claims with a jump before being ushered into touch by May.
    59''
  • Jones withdraws Hartley with over 20 minutes remaining. George replaces the England co-skipper.
    57''
  • England make another charge over the line as Farrell, Slade and Daly exchange passes in the South Africa half. May gets the last offload, but cannot break towards the line. He gets held up and the Springboks get the turnover in a crucial position.
    56''
  • The referee has another word with Hartley after England commit a foul at the maul following a successful South Africa lineout. The Red Rose will not want to lose any more players to the bin.
    55''
  • Itoje takes England over the gainlline for seemingly the first time in the match. It takes two tacklers to bring him down on the edge of the 22. Willemse does well under pressure on the flank to put May into touch.
    53''
  • May chases down a long kick into the South Africa 22 and the atmosphere inside Twickenham livens for the first time of the afternoon.
    52''
  • Daly sends his kick through the posts from 45 metres with ease. It's a fine effort from the England full-back, who has had a difficult afternoon in his defensive duties.
    51''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! ENGLAND 9-8 SOUTH AFRICA (DALY)
    51''
  • England draw a penalty from the South Africa forward line. The Red Rose will opt for the kick from distance, although Daly takes the reins from Farrell.
    49''
  • Willemse breaks away from Daly and Sinckler on the charge as he weaves his way out of a tight spot. De Allende fails to keep control of the ball under Nowell's challenge and England have a scrum at the half-way line.
    48''
  • South Africa fail to make their territory pay as England win the turnover and Mercer brings the ball away for the home side.
    47''
  • The referee spots an infringement at South Africa lineout on the flank and the Springboks are handed the opportunity to kick deep.
    46''
  • The Red Rose apply pressure in the 22, but the visitors hold firm as Nkosi and Van Zyl make important claims at the back.
    45''
  • South Africa break into the England 22 once again, but their lack of killer instinct costs them again. Another handling error from the lineout allows England to break away through Daly.
    44''
  • South Africa break with speed down the left flank and Dyantyi kicks the ball into the 22 with the winger and others in pursuit. Farrell does well under pressure to gather and clear the ball to safety.
    43''
  • England have an injury worry as well as Curry makes way with a limp and is replace by Mercer.
    42''
  • Etzebeth is forced off for the Springboks after falling awkwardly after holding up Sinckler on the break.
    42''
  • We're back underway at Twickenham.
    41''
  • Moon replaces Hepburn at the break for the Red Rose.
    40''
  • South Africa dominated the first half, but only take a two-point lead over England into the break. The Springboks were guilty of several missed opportunities in the first period, especially with their execution of their lineouts at the five-yard line. Despite their issues, S'busiso Nkosi crossed the line for the only try of the half. Handre Pollard had put a penalty kick through the posts, but missed his conversion. The boot of Owen Farrell has kept the Red Rose in the game, nailing his two kicks from distance.
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  • HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 6-8 SOUTH AFRICA
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  • Daly gathers deep and his decision-making comes into question again as he fails to find touch with his boot downfield. Nowell ends the half by finding touch after South Africa opt to kick deep again.
    40'''
  • South Africa regain the ball and will have one last drive at England before the half ends.
    40''
  • England have possession deep inside their own half as Daly gathers a loose ball. The Red Rose may opt to sit on this position to take it into the break.
    39''
  • Farrell holds his composure once again, nailing his kick between the posts. England close the gap on the visitors.
    37''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! ENGLAND 6-8 SOUTH AFRICA (FARRELL)
    37''
  • England are hanging in there and draw another penalty from the Springboks as Kriel charges out of the line early. He's caught offside and hands Farrell another kicking chance.
    36''
  • NO GOOD! ENGLAND 3-8 SOUTH AFRICA. Pollard has to go for the posts from the right flank and he misses his kick to the left of the posts. 
    34''
  • South Africa are over the line at last. Their pressure pays off as they spread the ball from left to right. Whiteley's hands are quick enough to complete the pass to Nkosi on the flank and he beats the challenge of Te'o to cross the line.
    33''
  • Try
    TRY! ENGLAND 3-8 SOUTH AFRICA (NKOSI)
    33''
  • The Springboks make another run at the England line with De Allende making a drive that sees Shields fail to bring down the centre.
    32''
  • Slade almost makes an interception after England lose their won scrum. Pollard goes for the quick offload and the centre makes the interception, but cannot hold the ball on the break.
    30''
  • Etzebeth loses out to Te'o with a strong challenge behind to hold up the South Africa lock on the charge. England will have the put-in at the scrum on the edge of their own 22.
    29''
  • Marx overthrows Vermulen at the back of the line and it allows Farrell to gather the loose ball. South Africa let England off the hook once again.
    29''
  • Kitshoff forces the error from Sinckler at the scrum. Pollard kicks for touch inside the England five-yard line. South Africa have another threatening lineout.
    28''
  • Itoje makes his way back on the field to the cheer of the Twickenham crowd.
    26''
  • South Africa's handling has let them down in the England half yet again. The Springboks have a platform to put the home side under pressure, but the pack fumbles and gives England a clearing opportunity from the scrum.
    25''
  • Daly is not having a good game at full-back. A mistake from South Africa lets him off the hook, but he throws a hospital pass to May that sees the winger get charged to the groun by Nkosi on his own tryline.
    23''
  • South Africa hit back with power from the restart. A surge from Kriel at the England backs takes the Springboks inside the 22.
    22''
  • England level the scores with 14 men. Farrell has a kick from 45 metres that he nails between the posts. A huge kick from the fly-half.
    21''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! ENGLAND 3-3 SOUTH AFRICA (FARRELL)
    21''
  • Youngs puts Dyantyi under pressure from an up and under and it forces a mistake from the South Africa winger. England are handed the opportunity to level the scores from an offside at the breakdown. 
    19''
  • Hartley misses with his throw as Whiteley makes the interception, but England quickly regain possession with a turnover at the breakdown.
    18''
  • May has been England's best player thus far and he makes a huge tackle on the sideline to bundle Pollard into touch. England can take further time off the clock as they try to stem the tide.
    18''
  • Pollard kicks for touch and South Africa go for the lineout again. On this occasion Marx is off with his throw and Hepburn gathers at the rear of the line. England scamper the ball to safety.
    17''
  • South Africa are piling on the pressure at the line, but England hold Vermulen and Van Zyl at bay as Youngs and May come to the fore.
    17''
  • Yellow Card
    YELLOW CARD! Itoje is off to the sin bin for killing the ball at the ruck. It may have saved England from conceding a try on this occasion, but the Red Rose are down to 14 for the next 10 minutes.
    16''
  • Daly's struggles against the up and under continue as he gets beaten out in the air by Nkosi. It almost allows the try for the visitors, but England make the stop on the line.
    16''
  • Itoje commits an error at the breakdown by entering the ruck at the side. Pollard kicks the ball deep into England territory from the resulting penalty.
    15''
  • England manage to clear the danger from their 22 as South Africa fail to capitalise. It's not a clean game from either side at the moment.
    14''
  • May commits a handling error and almost allows Nkosi to snatch up the loose ball. The England winger recovers to make the closing tackle.
    12''
  • Daly loses out to another up and under from Pollard as Dzantyi steals the ball in the air. His mistake puts England under pressure.
    11''
  • After a brief stoppage for a binding issue at the scrum, South Africa are able to clear their lines through Van Zyl from a boot at the breakdown.
    10''
  • May puts the pressure on from the restart, but a knock-on hands South Africa a scrum on the edge of their own 22.
    8''
  • Pollard sends his kick through the posts and the Springboks have the lead at Twickenham. It was a routine kick from 30 metres and he made no mistake.
    7''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY! ENGLAND 0-3 SOUTH AFRICA (POLLARD)
    7''
  • Sinckler commits an error as he's caught offside at the breakdown. South Africa will have the first attempt at putting points on the board.
    6''
  • Itoje commits a foul in the lineout, allowing the Springboks to kick into England territory from the resulting penalty.
    5''
  • Slade knocks a grubber kick through the South Africa line for May to chase down the left flank, but the ball just runs away from the winger and out of play.
    4''
  • Another knock-on from the Springboks allows England to clear their lines. Not a clean start to the contest from the visitors.
    3''
  • Pollard sends an up and under high for his backs to chase down. Daly makes a mess of the claim, allowing the visitors possession in the England half.
    2''
  • There's an immediate knock-on from Pollard's kick-off from the Springboks. England will have the put-in at the scrum on the edge of their own 22.
    1''
  • We're underway at Twickenham.
    1''
  • The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
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  • South Africa have won 13 of the last 16 meetings, drawing one and losing two.
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  • South Africa have made changes from their middling campaign in the Rugby Championship. Willemse makes his debut at full-back, replacing Willie le Roux. Vermulen comes into the fold at flanker after a spell out of the side.
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  • England are without several key players, including Mako and Billy Vunipola, Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes from their pack. Manu Tuilagi is also unavailable after suffering an injury during training. All eyes will be on an inexperienced forward line this afternoon. Elsewhere Mike Brown was dropped for the contest by Jones, which sees Daly get the start at full-back.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA REPLACEMENTS: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Francois Louw, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, Andre Esterhuizen.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA XV: Damian Willemse, S'busiso Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Ivan van Zyl; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe; Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit; Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermulen; Warren Whiteley.
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  • ENGLAND REPLACEMENTS: Jamie George, Ben Moon, Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Zach Mercer, Danny Care, George Ford, Chris Ashton.
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  • ENGLAND XV: Elliot Daly; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ben Te'o, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Alec Hepburn, Dylan Hartley, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, George Kruis; Brad Shields, Tom Curry;  Mark Wilson.
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  • South Africa defeated England on home soil, edging out the Red Rose by a 2-1 scoreline. They were able secure a narrow win in the opener in Johnnesburg by a three-point margin, although their second victory was more straightforward. They were unable to carry their form into the Rugby Championship where they were inconsistent to say the least, winning three and losing three of their six games. However, they did record an impressive triumph over New Zealand in Wellington.
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  • England are in dire need of a performance this afternoon to set the tone for a hectic campaign ahead, finishing with the World Cup next year. Eddie Jones brought about a revolution on his arrival to the team, winning 23 out of his 24 opening matches. However, the Red Rose have struggled for form over the last year, including their disappointing Six Nations' campaign and defeat to South Africa over the summer. A victory over the Springboks would provide much needed momentum.
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  • Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Autumn International match between England and South Africa at Twickenham.
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