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England 12-11 South Africa: Eddie Jones' side battle to victory at Twickenham
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England 12-11 South Africa: Eddie Jones’ side battle to victory at Twickenham


South Africa’s Sbu Nkosi scored the only try of the match
Autumn internationals: England 12-11 South Africa
England: (6) 12
Pens: Farrell 3, Daly
South Africa: (8) 11
Try: Nkosi; Pens: Pollard 2
Coverage: Highlights on BBC Two and online at 19:30 GMT

England made it successive wins over South Africa with a hard-fought victory in their opening autumn international at Twickenham.

Owen Farrell’s 72nd-minute penalty proved to be decisive after England’s pack got the better of the Boks at a scrum.

Sbu Nkosi scored the only try of the contest in a first half that saw England’s Maro Itoje sin-binned.

Elliott Daly’s 46m second-half penalty seemed to spur England after the break.

England head coach Eddie Jones: “We got through 80 minutes, there was sharp resistance and toughness in our play so I’m really pleased with out boys. We got a bit excited too early at the end though, I’ll learn from that [contentious Farrell tackle]. I forgot about the TMO.

“We just stuck at it, we stayed in the arm wrestle. We did the simple things well, we had to keep them on the back foot and we did that.

“The game just broke up, we weren’t quite good enough to take advantage of a couple of opportunities but we were good enough to get the points.”

Reaction to England’s win

Brian Moore, former England hooker

South Africa didn’t make the most of their chances in the first half, but the defensive effort was astonishing throughout for England. They must take immense credit just as much as South Africa must take criticism.

Matt Dawson, former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live referring to Farrell’s late tackle

If it was role reversal here and a South African had smashed one of the England players we would be asking for a penalty, but we will take it.

England were under fire in the first half, so to come back in the way they did to win it was brilliant.

Full report to follow.



Source BBC News

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