A superb all-round efficiency from the Springboks gave them the proper finish to their worldwide season as they powered their technique to an excellent 27-13 (halftime 14-3) win over England at Twickenham on Saturday night time.
It was the Boks first win on the floor since 2014, and was constructed on a monster efficiency from their forwards who completely dominated the English pack from begin to end, whereas some unpredictable play additionally contributed within the hosts trying clueless for a lot of the recreation.
The Boks have been additionally made to work laborious for the win within the ultimate quarter after substitute prop Thomas du Toit acquired a deserved pink card for a shoulder to the pinnacle of England substitute hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie.
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It was a cagey opening to the match from each side and each had an opportunity to take an early want, with Bok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk lacking a shot from an angle, earlier than England captain Owen Farrell surprisingly missed one from in entrance.
Farrell was heading in the right direction together with his subsequent shot within the 13th minute, nonetheless the Boks responded by means of De Klerk 5 minutes later to degree the scores at three-a-piece.
It had been a decent encounter for the primary half-hour, however the recreation then burst to life within the 10 minutes of the half, beginning with flyhalf Damian Willemse knocking over a snap drop aim within the 31st minute.
A minute later the Boks have been then in for his or her first attempt as a kick downfield from England flyhalf Marcus Smith was fielded by Willemse on his 22m, with him breaking to the midway, offloading to fullback Willie le Roux, who in flip discovered wing Kurt-Lee Arendse, to step Smith and rating within the nook.
De Klerk missed the conversion, however made up for that with a penalty simply earlier than the break because the Boks went into halftime with a 14-3 lead.
The second half then began with Willemse nailing one other good drop aim, giving the Boks the proper begin.
England then hit again within the 45th minute with a penalty to Farrell, however two minutes later with the Boks of their 22m, one other penalty, with the staff on a warning, noticed flank Tm Curry yellow carded.
The Boks then arrange the lineout and attacked, getting shut, permitting lock Eben Etzebeth to crash over underneath the sticks, and De Klerk convert to place them right into a 24-6 lead after 49 minutes.
One other profitable De Klerk penalty within the 57th minute then gave the Boks a monster 21 level lead.
However three minutes later Du Toit, having simply come on, acquired his marching orders decreasing the Boks to 14-men for the remainder of the match.
England with the additional man now lastly managed to construct up a head of steam, however some spectacular determined defence from the Boks managed to maintain them out initially.
The hosts lastly managed to interrupt by means of within the 71st minute, as from a penalty within the Boks 22m, England substitute scrumhalf Ben Youngs took a fast faucet, with Farrell making some metres and substitute again Henry Slade then getting over for the transformed rating to make it 27-13.
The Boks then managed the sport fantastically within the ultimate couple of minutes as they saved play deep in England’s half for many of it, which allowed them to securely see out the match.
England: Attempt – Henry Slade; Conversion – Owen Farrell; Penalties – Farrell (2)
Springboks: Tries – Kurt-Lee Arendse, Eben Etzebeth; Conversion – Faf de Klerk; Penalties – De Klerk (3); Drop Targets – Damian Willemse (2)