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2018/11/03 | 17:00 |  Internationals | Twickenham |  Full Time

As it happened: England 12-11 Springboks

2018-11-03 16:28
Last Updated at 03:10
03 Nov 19:03

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03 Nov 19:01
03 Nov 18:58
There's no doubt that final play will be a major talking point but the Springboks have only themselves to blame for this loss! They had several opportunities but you unfortunately cannot win rugby games if you can't catch and pass properly, as well as win your lineouts...
03 Nov 18:56
FULL-TIME: England 12-11 South Africa
03 Nov 18:55
But the Australian referee Angus Gardner disagrees with me and blows the final whistle!
03 Nov 18:55
82'- Replays show what appears to be a shoulder charge by Farrell on Esterhuizen...
03 Nov 18:54


After 15 phases of attack, England win a turnover but the referee has gone upstairs for a potential dangerous tackle...

03 Nov 18:51
79'- After 21 phases of South African attack, England win a turnover... they kick it out handing the Boks one final chance...
03 Nov 18:49
77'- A great break from De Allende brings play into the England 22m area...
03 Nov 18:49

77'- Was that South Africa's last chance?

By the way, England have cleared their bench now... while Elton Jantjies is also on for the Boks...

03 Nov 18:48
76'- Pollard's kick hugs the uprights but it stays right... sigh...
03 Nov 18:47
75'- But the Bok scrum hits back and wins a penalty - it's about 45m out and Pollard will line up a shot...
03 Nov 18:46


England 338m

SA 314m

03 Nov 18:46
74' - Bok sub: Papier on at scrumhalf for Van Zyl.
03 Nov 18:45
74'- Appalling skills from the Springboks here today!
03 Nov 18:44
73'- Oh dear, Willemse's kick is out on the full, handing England a lineout just inside South African territory...
03 Nov 18:43
England have enjoyed 69% possession in the second half!
03 Nov 18:42

72'- Farrell kicks the PENALTY to put England back in front.

England 12-11 SA

03 Nov 18:42
71'- England win a scrum penalty as Thomas du Toit is penalised for collapsing the scrum.
03 Nov 18:41
70'- Possession and territory much more even for the game now, but still in favour of the Boks. 51% possession and 56% territory.
03 Nov 18:40


England 32

SA 32

03 Nov 18:39
70'- England stretch the Boks out wide but luckily for the visitors, Shields throws a wayward forward pass in-field, handing the Boks a scrum...
03 Nov 18:38
70'- England probing near the Bok 22m area...
03 Nov 18:37


England 10

SA 4

03 Nov 18:36

67'- Pollard kicks the PENALTY to put the Boks back in front.

England 9-11 SA

03 Nov 18:35
66'- The Boks win a penalty at the breakdown. It's just inside England territory and Pollard will line up a shot at goal...
03 Nov 18:34
65'- 3 subs by the Boks as Thomas du Du Toit, Wilco Louw and Lood de Jager all come on.
03 Nov 18:33
64'- The Boks are going to have to find a spark from somewhere, they have let England back in the game and struggling at present...
03 Nov 18:32

63'- Several phases of England attack but the Springbok defence holds out.

03 Nov 18:30
62'- Pressure on the Boks as England - via winger May - launch a counter-attack from deep inside their own 22m area...
03 Nov 18:29

61'- A let-off for the Boks as Farrell misses with his penalty attempt!

03 Nov 18:28
60'- A kickable penalty for England - 45m on the angle...
03 Nov 18:28

59'- Bok sub: Inside centre Esterhuizen replaces Nkosi.

Kriel will move to wing, with De Allende moving to outside centre.

03 Nov 18:25

58'- Yet another Springbok knock-on brings relief for England... this is just shocking skills from the Boks!

03 Nov 18:24
57' - England sub: Jamie George on at hooker for Dylan Hartley.
03 Nov 18:23
56'- Pollard's failure to handle a high ball puts the Boks under pressure near their own 22m area. Luckily for the visitors, an England knock on brings some relief...
03 Nov 18:20
54'- Another botched Springbok lineout!
03 Nov 18:19
52'- England suddenly look a different team. Have the Springboks' failure to convert their dominance into points now caught up with them?
03 Nov 18:16

50'- PENALTY slotted by Daly.

England 9-8 SA

03 Nov 18:16
50'- A kickable penalty for England, just inside the Springbok half. Fullback Elliot Daly will line up a shot...
03 Nov 18:15


England 3

SA 10

  • 82'

    FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 12-11 SOUTH AFRICA. England edge past South Africa by one point and win the game at home. South Africa scored the only try of the game but they made a lot of mistakes which England capitalised on. England win by one point.

  • 81'

    One last play in the game, South Africa have to score to win here and England will look to close the game out.

  • 80'

    England manage to win back the ball and South Africa lose the ball at a crucial time. England clear the ball.

  • 79'

    South Africa are on the attack, inside the final two minutes, they are searching for a try or a penalty here. They are through 15 phases.

  • 77'

    Close! Pollard kicks and the ball hits the right upright and goes out. The score remains on 12-11.

  • 76'

    South Africa win a penalty and Pollard will look to kick this.

  • 74'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 12-11: Farrell makes no mistake with the important kick and England take the lead by one point with just over five minutes remaining.

  • 72'

    England win the penalty from the scrum and they will look to kick this to take the lead.

  • 71'

    Good build up from England but they lose the ball in the end and South Africa manage to keep them out. The score remains on 9-11.

  • 69'

    England have the ball and they are building some pressure with a few phases. They are attacking and the Springboks are holding them up.

  • 67'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 9-11: Pollard slots in the penalty goal and they take back the lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game.

  • 64'

    England are building again through a few phases and South Africa are under pressure. The hosts are enjoying a good spell of possession.

  • 62'

    Farrell's kick for the penalty is just short and the score remains on 9-8. A bit of luck for South Africa.

  • 61'

    Another mistake from Springboks and England win a penalty.

  • 58'

    A knock on from Nkosi as he goes for the high ball and this will be a scrum to England.

  • 56'

    Just one point between the two sides as we go towards the final quarter of the game and England are controlling the possession.

  • 54'

    Pollard kicks the ball into touch, May tries to keep it alive but fails. England win the ball from the lineout and they kick the ball deep.

  • 51'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, DALY! 9-8: South Africa have dominated the possession but England have taken the lead. Daly makes no mistake with the penalty and the crowd cheers on.

  • 50'

    England has the feed at the scrum and they win a penalty against De Allende. England will look to kick this to take the lead.

  • 49'

    Another knock on from South Africa after gaining a lot of territory. The visitors are making mistakes.

  • 47'

    A penalty to the Springboks and Pollard will kick this into touch for a lineout.

  • 46'

    South Africa are making a few mistakes and are not taking advantage of their strength. England have not been able to score any points in the second half so far.

  • 44'

    Marx has a lineout and South Africa will look to attack. It is an overthrow and England manage to win the ball and attack. South Africa under pressure after being in a strong position.

  • 42'

    Etzebeth is injured and he is going off. Snyman takes his place, Etzebeth limps off.

  • 41'

    HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 6-8 SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa have done well to take a two point lead after the first half but they would have wanted a bigger lead. They have made a few mistakes and England will be happy with the scoreline but will want to play better in the second half.

  • 41'

    The second half begins as England kick us off.

  • 39'

    Just a couple of minutes remaining in the first half and England are held up, South Africa win the ball back.

  • 37'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 6-8: Farrell makes no mistake with the penalty and the deficit is brought down to 2 points.

  • 36'

    Dyantyi does well to make an interception but he fails to control the ball and knocks it on. The Springboks lead by 5 points.

  • 33'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, NKOSI! 3-8: South Africa are working the ball through a few phases and they keep passing the ball on the right flank and Nkosi does well to take it over the line. Brilliant play from the Springboks. The conversion is missed.

  • 30'

    We are going into the final 10 minutes of the first half and they have made a few mistakes. But on the positive side, they have controlled the game well.

  • 28'

    South Africa win a penalty from the scrum and the visitors deliver a strong scrum. Pollard will kick this to the corner.

  • 26'

    Itoje comes back from the sin bin and England have managed this time well. The score is 3-3.

  • 25'

    May takes the ball into touch and South Africa will have another lineout deep in the England half. This could be an interesting play in the game.

  • 22'

    A huge tackle by Nkosi on May and the Springboks will have a scrum just outside the try line.

  • 21'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 3-3: Farrell takes his time but makes no mistake with the penalty kick and the scores are tied. Just a few minutes left on the Itoje yellow card.

  • 19'

    England lose the ball after the lineout but win it back and they look to run with it. A penalty to England and they will look to kick this.

  • 18'

    A big let off for England as South Africa overthrow their lineout and England manage to turn the ball over. Poor execution in the end.

  • 17'

    Another penalty advantage to the Springboks, they are being held up on the try line. The visitors are searching for a try. The referee gives the penalty against Hartley.

  • 16'

    The cross kick from Pollard and Nkosi does really well on the right flank to take the ball. Good tackles from England to stop the try.

  • 16'

    YELLOW! Itoje is sent off to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle. Pollard kicks the ball to the corner for another lineout

  • 15'

    England concede another penalty and Kolisi has a word with the referee. Pollard kicks the ball to the corner for another lineout.

  • 13'

    Another lineout throw for the Springboks and they go for the maul after the throw.

  • 11'

    A couple of high kicks from both sides and Dyantyi does well to hold on to the ball and South Africa keep possession.

  • 10'

    First scrum for the Springboks, a reset and the referee has a few words with the players.

  • 7'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 0-3: First points for South Africa as Pollard makes no mistake with the penalty. The visitors lead by 3 points.

  • 6'

    Hartley collapses the maul and South Africa win a penalty. Pollard will kick this.

  • 5'

    First lineout of the game and South Africa win a penalty from it. They kick the ball to the corner for a deeper lineout.

  • 4'

    It has been all England after the second scrum as they look to build through a few phases.

  • 2'

    First scrum of the game and England will have the feed. A quick take from the hosts and then they kick the ball high.

  • 1'

    Kick-off! The first half begins after the national anthems.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Test match between England and South Africa from Twickenham.

  • 0'

    England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ben Te?o, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (cc), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Brad Shields, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dylan Hartley (cc), 1 Alec Hepburn

  • 0'

    South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

  • 0'

    Angus Gardner is the referee today with Jerome Garces and Ben Whitehouse assisting him. Olly Hodges is the TMO.

  • 0'

    It will be the fourth time that these teams have gone head-to-head this year after the Springboks defeated the Red Rose 2-1 in June.

  • 0'

    Duane Vermeulen, Faf de Klerk, Willie le Roux and Steven Kitshoff were key to the hosts? success, but two of those are not available for this weekend?s encounter, with the game taking place outside of the international window.

  • 0'

    Vermeulen and Kitshoff remain, however, while they have been boosted by the return of Eben Etzebeth and Malcolm Marx, who were both excellent during the Rugby Championship campaign.

  • 0'

    England are missing a few key players. Loosehead has been area of strength for Eddie Jones but, following the retirement of Joe Marler and injuries to Mako Vunipola, Ellis Genge, Beno Obano and Matt Mullan, Alec Hepburn comes in.

  • 0'

    Hepburn is a fine player and has been in excellent form for Exeter Chiefs, but international level is an altogether different proposition and he faces a tough battle against Frans Malherbe and Wilco Louw.

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England South Africa
  • 0 Tries 1
    • 32' Sibusiso Nkosi
  • 0 Conversions 0
  • 4 Penalties 2
    • 20' Owen Farrell
    • 36' Owen Farrell
    • 50' Elliot Daly
    • 72' Owen Farrell
    • 6' Handre Pollard
    • 67' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 15' Maro Itoje
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Alec Hepburn
  • Dylan Hartley
  • Kyle Sinckler
  • Maro Itoje
  • George Kruis
  • Brad Shields
  • Tom Curry
  • Mark Wilson
  • Ben Youngs
  • Owen Farrell
  • Jonny May
  • Ben Te'o
  • Henry Slade
  • Jack Nowell
  • Elliot Daly
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Steven Kitshoff
  • Malcolm Marx
  • Frans Malherbe
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Ivan van Zyl
  • Handre Pollard
  • Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • Damian de Allende
  • Jesse Kriel
  • Sibusiso Nkosi
  • Damian Willemse
  • Jamie George
  • Ben Moon
  • Harry Williams
  • Charlie Ewels
  • Zach Mercer
  • Danny Care
  • George Ford
  • Chris Ashton
  • 16
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  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Thomas du Toit
  • Wilco Louw
  • RG Snyman
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Embrose Papier
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Andre Esterhuizen

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