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2014/11/15 | 16:30 |  Internationals | Twickenham Stadium, London |  Full Time

As it happened: England v Springboks

2014-11-15 18:20
Last Updated at 01:18
15 Nov 18:39
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15 Nov 18:28


Wales 17 - Fiji 13

15 Nov 18:23


Five tries in the second half, including four in a period of 14 minutes.  The game really opened up but it is the Boks who run out winners at Twickenham.

15 Nov 18:20
81' - TMO DECISION! The Boks played on and Le Roux has got over after he contested a Reinach kick ahead.  No try but Steve Walsh blows his whistle and the Springboks win a thrilling test match!
15 Nov 18:19
80' - PENALTY to England, the Boks not rolling away after a tackle.  No time to kick it out as England have to run it.  They have knocked it on.
15 Nov 18:18

79' - Ford cannot convert.

England 28 - 31 South Africa

15 Nov 18:17
78' - TRY to Barritt who goes over in the right hand corner after a sustained period of pressure by England.
15 Nov 18:15

76' - DROP GOAL by Lambie.  The Boks worked the ball through 10 phases, but the English defence held firm.  Lambie dropped into the pocket and called for the ball. He put it straight through the middle.  Great play by the flyhalf.

England 23 - 31 South Africa

15 Nov 18:13
75' - The Boks are just 2m out from the line, can they get over?  Brilliant defence so far from England.
15 Nov 18:12
74' - PENALTY to the Springboks as Lawes is penalised for offside at the lineout.  Lambie sets up a lineout in the England 22m area.
15 Nov 18:11
72' - England substitution. Brookes on for Wilson.
15 Nov 18:10
72' - England setup a lineout, but Vermeulen steals it for the Boks and they clear.
15 Nov 18:10
72' - England attempt to maul it up, but the Boks turn it over. PENALTY to England. Le Roux penalised for taking Brown in the air after Reinach kicked ahead.
15 Nov 18:08
70' - PENALTY to England.  Coetzee is pinged for a high tackle.  Ford will kick at touch as England look to setup an attacking lineout.
15 Nov 18:06
67' - England substitution. Mullen on for Marler and Kruis on for Attwood.
15 Nov 18:05

67' - PENALTY to England as Botha is penalised for a ruck infringement.  Ford puts it straight through the middle.

England 23 - 28 South Africa

15 Nov 18:04
66' - Springbok substitutions:  Etzebeth replaced by Botha and Du Plessis replaced by Oosthuizen.
15 Nov 18:03

66' - Lambie converts the penalty.

England 20 - 28 South Africa

15 Nov 18:02
65'  - PENALTY to the Sprinkboks.  Lambie will kick at goal.
15 Nov 18:01
64' - England substitutions:  Farrell replaced by Ford and Care replaced by Youngs.
15 Nov 18:00
64' - PENALTY to the Springboks after Du Plessis is all over the ball and England fail to release.
15 Nov 17:58
63' - Reinach does brilliantly to secure an England up and under.  
15 Nov 17:57
62' - PENALTY to England, their 7 man scrum although wheeled win a penalty.  They clear to the half the Springbok 10m line.
15 Nov 17:56
61' - Poor from Lambie as he goes for the corner but kicks the ball out of play over the side line.  
15 Nov 17:55
61' - YELLOW CARD for Hartley of Enlgand for stamping.  He will spend 10 minutes in the bin.  
15 Nov 17:53
61' - PENALTY to the Springboks as an English player stamps on Vermeulen  TMO having a look at this, will we see a card?
15 Nov 17:52
60' - Springbok substitution:  Bismarck du Plessis replaces Strauss.
15 Nov 17:52
59' - PENALTY to England as Habana is penalised for tacking out Brown in the air after an up and under by Le Roux.
15 Nov 17:50
58' - The Springboks on the attack again, they are only 10m out and taking the ball through the phases.  Burger prominent.
15 Nov 17:47
We have had four tries in 14 second half minutes.  Matfield is back from the sin bin.
15 Nov 17:46

52' - TRY to the Springboks.  They can maul it over.  Great defence from England initially but the Boks never gave up and Burger gets over in the right hand corner.  Lambie can't convert the try.

England 20 - 25 South Africa

15 Nov 17:44
52' - PENALTY to the Springboks as England go offside.  They opt to go for a lineout.  Will they be able to maul it over?
15 Nov 17:43
51' - The Springboks now who maul it up, they are only 5m out from the England line.
15 Nov 17:43
49' - England breakout again, the Bok defence all at see.  PENALTY as Etzebeth gets over the ball and the English player was not releasing.  Some respite for the Boks.
15 Nov 17:40

47' - TRY to England.  Another huge maul, this one went 30m and Morgan has scored.  The Boks are furious, they feel that England should never had have the put in to the lineout that lead to the maul and try.  Converted by Farrell.

England 20 - 20 South Africa

15 Nov 17:38

45' - Frantic start to the second half...

15 Nov 17:37

44' - TRY to England.  A brilliant maul (including some backs) by them from the lineout and prop Wilson is the scorer. Converted by Farrell.

England 13 - 20 South Africa

15 Nov 17:36
44' - YELLOW CARD to Matfield.  Steve Walsh had warned both teams before this.  England setup another lineout.  
15 Nov 17:34
43' - PENALTY to England straight from the kick off.  They opt to go for a lineout.  
15 Nov 17:34

42' - Converted by Lambie.  What a start to the second half by the Boks!

England 6 - 20 South Africa

15 Nov 17:33
41' - TRY to the Springboks.  Reinach scores after a brilliant chip by Lambie.  Le Roux collects and flicks an under hand pass out to Reinach.  Great try by the Boks!
15 Nov 17:31
15 Nov 17:30
15 Nov 17:26


Wales 17 - Fiji 6

15 Nov 17:24


England have dominated with 71% territory and 63% possession.  The Boks lead where it matters, on the scoreboard.

15 Nov 17:18


England 6 - 13 South Africa

England have had a lot of possession and territorial advantage but it's the Springboks that lead at half time.  England with far to many handling errors so far.  The only try of the half came after Danny Care spent to much time on the ball and his pass was intercepted by Jan Serfontein who ran 60m to score under the posts.  

The Springboks have had to make a number of tackles.  Let's hope that doesn't come back to haunt them in the second half.

  • 81'

    Extra time now as England look to come from their own 22. It is lost forward and the Boks keep playing. Has Willie le Roux scored off Reinach's chip ahead? The TMO says no! It doesn't matter, the Springboks are the winners anyway. Thanks for joining us, cheers!

  • 81'


  • 80'

    Ford MISSES the conversion but there IS time for the restart.

  • 79'

    TRY, ENGLAND, BARRITT. 28-31. England leave the best for last, but is it too late? Great try finished by Barritt in the corner off May's pass.

  • 77'

    DROP-GOAL, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE. 23-31. Clinical!

  • 76'

    Ferocious contest as the Bok big men hammer away, just short of the England line. A try here will secure the match...

  • 74'

    Another Bok line-out, another maul. Lawes penalised - that seems harsh. Lambie kicks into the corner.

  • 73'

    Line-out steal! Vermeulen at the crucial could that be? Lambie clears. Ford kicks it out on the full!

  • 72'

    England maul it but the loose ball is picked up by Habana and the Boks can counter. Loose pass from Le Roux but they secure it and Reinach clears. Le Roux takes Brown in the air so England kick to the corner again. Match in the balance here.

  • 70'

    Brown does well to pluck one out of the air under pressure from Habana. Watson makes good ground, so does Robshaw. England have their tails up. It breaks down but we'll come back for a penalty against Coetzee for a high tackle. Ford kicks into the corner.

  • 68'

    PENALTY, ENGALND, FORD. 23-28. Botha penalised for holding on on the ground.

  • 66'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE. 20-28. Straight down the middle from Lambie from long range after Attwood is penalised for interfering with Botha in the air at the line-out.

  • 64'

    Another kick goes off the side of Farrell's boot. He's having a bad game. England are ready to change their halfbacks.

  • 64'

    Trouble here for Jannie du Plessis, who has a knee injury. He's off. Coenie Oosthuizen comes on. Ben Youngs and George Ford replace Owen Farrell and Danny Care. Bakkies Botha replaces Eben Etzebeth.

  • 62'

    Lambie fluffs the kick for the corner, sending it over the deadball line! Horrible mistake. Then the Boks concede a penalty to a 7-man England scrum.

  • 61'

    YELLOW CARD, ENGLAND, HARTLEY. Stupid, stupid, stupid. The England hooker stamps on Vermeulen, who is lying on the ground. Walsh has a look on the screen and brings out the card.

  • 60'

    Lambie tries a cross-field kick for Habana to chase. Watson is under it and is taken out in the air. Penalty, but it's off the side of Farrell's boot.

  • 58'

    De Villiers takes it up in midfield and it is quick ball in the 22. The forwards take over and they bash away.

  • 56'

    Farrell's restart goes straight out! The Boks drive another maul from halfway with a full pack. Lambie lofts one into the sky, Watson knocks on as he tries to collect. Burger is on hand to pounce but doesn't gather cleanly. Scrum to SA on the England 22.

  • 55'

    Lambie MISSES the conversion. 20-25 it remains. Matfield returns to the fray.

  • 54'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, BURGER. 20-25. Another great maul results in Burger going over in the corner. Not bad work without Matfield!

  • 53'

    Etzebeth claims the line-out and they drive the maul. England go off their feet again. Penalty. Lambie goes for the corner again.

  • 51'

    England with their tails up as Brown breaks out again but Etzebeth wins a vital penalty at the breakdown so the Boks can clear it. Lambie finds touch from the penalty. Matfield still in the bin.

  • 49'

    CONVERSION, FARRELL. 20-20. We're all square, huge comeback from England.

  • 48'

    TRY, ENGLAND, MORGAN. 18-20. Another huge maul from England rumbles forward. They move into the 22 with advantage. Morgan breaks off and muscles his way over!

  • 47'

    Terrible mistake from the officials, who award a line-out to England even though Habana had a foot in touch when he caught the ball.

  • 46'


  • 45'

    TRY, ENGLAND, WILSON. 11-20. An unstoppable maul from England as the home pack rumbles over.

  • 44'

    YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, MATFIELD. Pulling down the maul.

  • 43'

    Brown runs it back well and takes it up to the 22 where the Boks go offside. England kick into the corner from the penalty. Great chance to strike back.

  • 42'

    CONVERSION, LAMBIE. 6-20. Easy conversion.

  • 41'

    Here we go for the second half. Lambie goes deep. Vunipola collects. Farrell clears.

  • 41'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, REINACH. 6-18. Lambie chips over the top and Le Roux collects it on the volley, he races 20 before offloading to Reinach, who finishes! Great try.

  • 40'

    A nothing kick from Farrell is easily collected by Habana, who takes the mark. That's half time. The Boks lead by 10, but neither side have been particularly good. Less errors from SA. We'll be back in ten.

  • 40'


  • 38'

    MISSED penalty from Lambie. England restart. Vermeulen takes it over halfway. Le Roux kicks and Brown is there. England run from deep and go over halfway before Brown kicks. Le Roux finds touch near halfway.

  • 37'

    Wood takes Etzebeth out in the air at a line-out. That's a penalty. Lambie will have a crack, 15m in from the right hand touchline.

  • 35'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL. 6-13. Vermeulen penalised on the floor again. Off his feet. Farrell sends it straight down the middle.

  • 32'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE. 3-13. Solid kick from Lambie, who restores the 10-point lead.

  • 30'

    Penalty from long range but the Boks choose the line-out. Lambie tries a cross-kick but it''s too deep and Brown marks it easily. He finds touch short of halfway so the Boks stay on the attack. Strong maul from South Africa as they rumble forward. Lawes pulls it down - penalty! Lambie lines it up.

  • 28'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL. 3-10. Easy kick for Farrell.

  • 27'

    Another string attack from England but the Boks stand strong. Vunipola takes it off the back but Reinach wraps him up and the Boks get it back. Reinach''s clearance is charged and England have it back. Vermeulen is penalised on the deck. Farrell will line it up.

  • 25'

    Attwood breaks after the Boks bobble it forward off a boot at a ruck. It comes wide to Eastmond then May, who is stopped just short. They go off their feet but Serfontein had knocked on in the tackle so England have an attacking scrum in the 22.

  • 23'

    Burger getting some attention from the medics after taking a bash to the head.

  • 22'

    Barritt takes it up and they win quick ball. Vunipola takes it up to the 22 but it is won on the ground by Reinach. Lambie's kick is charged down but Vermeulen secures it. It is eventually scrambled away by De Villiers to bring some relief.

  • 20'

    Very strong scrum from England as Marler wins the penalty. Farrell sets up the line-out deep in SA territory.

  • 18'

    Brown with a great take in the air and he races into the 22 but Reinach hunts him down. England regroup but Coetzee gets in over the ball and wins a penalty at the breakdown. Lambie clears to relieve the pressure.

  • 17'

    CONVERSION, LAMBIE. 0-10. England face a real test of character if they hope to recover from this now.

  • 15'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, SERFONTEIN. Terrible mistake from Danny Care, who takes an age to make his pass. Serfontein intercepts near halfway and bolts clear to score under the posts.

  • 13'

    England look for a response but Vunipola knocks on in the tackle again. Le Roux puts a kick deep in the 22 and gets it back. He runs and finds Burger but he is tackled into touch.

  • 12'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE. 0-3. But now Farrell gifts South Africa a chance of points, as instead of clearing from his 22, he ran it. Wilson was the offender at the ruck.

  • 8'

    Billy Vunipola drops it in contact on the charge after the line-out. Another scrum then some kick tennis. Matfield calls for one...but drops it! It's obviously slippery out there.

  • 6'

    Strong run from Eastmond into the Bok 22 but he losses it in contact with Serfontein. We'll have the first scrum. Solid scrum from the Boks and Reinach clears under pressure.

  • 4'

    Opportunity lost for SA. The line-out is won and it goes to the backline. Serfontein gets a dodgy pass but holds on. The ball goes loose and the Boks go offside so Farrell kicks for the touchline this time.

  • 2'

    Strong start from England as they gather the line-out and start the first attack but Hartley is caught in possession on the deck. Lambie sets up the line-out.

  • 1'

    Here we go! England kick off. The Boks gather without problem and Lambie clears to near halfway

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of England versus South Africa. Twickenham is the setting for this November international and with both nations entering on the back of losses to New Zealand and Ireland respectively, a great deal rests on the result. Stuart Lancaster and Heyneke Meyer will be desperate not to suffer successive end-of-year defeats in what should be a tight 80 minutes. Team news is coming up.

  • 0'

    Bath winger Anthony Watson will make his first start for England in place of the injured Semesa Rokoduguni against South Africa. Elsewhere in the starting XV, Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes (both Northampton Saints) successfully completed the graduated return to play protocol.

  • 0'

    Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has made five changes to his starting XV. Amongst the backs, there are three changes with Pat Lambie and Cobus Reinach replacing Handré Pollard and Francois Hougaard at fly-half and scrum-half respectively while JP Pietersen comes in for Cornal Hendricks on the right wing. Up front, Schalk Burger takes over from Teboho Mohoje at blindside flank and Adriaan Strauss is preferred to Bismarck du Plessis at hooker.

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England South Africa
  • 3 Tries 3
    • 44' Dave Wilson
    • 47' Ben Morgan
    • 78' Brad Barritt
    • 15' Jan Serfontein
    • 40' Jacobus Reinach
    • 53' Schalk Burger
  • 2 Conversions 2
    • 45' Owen Farrell
    • 48' Owen Farrell
    • 15' Patrick Lambie
    • 41' Patrick Lambie
  • 3 Penalties 3
    • 27' Owen Farrell
    • 35' Owen Farrell
    • 67' George Ford
    • 10' Patrick Lambie
    • 32' Patrick Lambie
    • 66' Patrick Lambie
  • 0 Drop Goals 1
    • 76' Patrick Lambie
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 60' Dylan Hartley
    • 44' Victor Matfield
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Joe Marler
  • Dylan Hartley
  • Dave Wilson
  • Dave Attwood
  • Courtney Lawes
  • Tom Wood
  • Chris Robshaw
  • Billy Vunipola
  • Danny Care
  • Owen Farrell
  • Jonny May
  • Kyle Eastmond
  • Brad Barritt
  • Anthony Watson
  • Mike Brown
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  • 5
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  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
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  • 14
  • 15
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Victor Matfield
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Schalk Burger
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Patrick Lambie
  • Bryan Habana
  • Jean De Villiers
  • Jan Serfontein
  • J.P Pietersen
  • Willie Le Roux
  • Rob Webber
  • Matt Mullan
  • Kieran Brookes
  • George Kruis
  • Ben Morgan
  • Ben Youngs
  • George Ford
  • Marland Yarde
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  • 21
  • 22
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  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Bakkies Botha
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Handre Pollard
  • Cornal Hendricks

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