England 15 - 16 South Africa

Match info: International at Twickenham, London

Date: 24/11/2012 KO: 14:30 Att: 81,151

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesFlood (6, 13) Farrell (62, 73, 79)


South Africa

TriesAlberts (44)ConversionsLambie (44)PenaltiesLambie (9, 15, 25)

FT (ht: 6-9)

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  • That is that then as the Boks put it out after a couple of phases. Wow, the talking point will be that decision to go for goal at the end but credit to South Africa, they battled hard for their win. England must now regroup before facing New Zealand.

  • FARRELL PENALTY! 15-16! Odd call from Robshaw.

  • England aren't done yet though as Care digs it out and with an advantage being played. Can England strike? Not just now but they come back for that penalty. This one is going to the corner for sure. No! Robshaw points to the posts.

  • England are back within striking range again as they throw in 20 metres out, with Schalk Brits now on for South Africa. But Ashton fumbles at a key time!

  • FARRELL PENALTY! 12-16! South Africa offend bang in front of the uprights so it's an easy kick for Farrell. What a final seven minutes we have here.

  • There is no joy however as the Boks defence is solid once again. In fact it results in a spillage so South Africa will pack down with a scrum on the edge of their own 22. No prizes for guessing where this one is going. Pienaar puts it straight out though!

  • Danny Care and Paice are on at nine and hooker respectively. Now, they have a scrum just outside the Bok 22 with Care eyeing up his attacking options.

  • The Springboks won't mind this passage one bit as a couple of chips over the top cause bother for their hosts. But wait, an excellent counter ruck from England forces the turnover so they have an opportunity to move back into South Africa's half.

  • England need field position and thus begin the kicking duel with the Springboks. However, Vermeulen's tackle on Ashton sees the Saracens wing fumble.

  • FARRELL PENALTY! 9-16! He makes it count.

  • Vermeulen is penalised for hands in the ruck so it's a chance for England to reduce the gap to seven points, which Robshaw hopes Farrell will do.

  • England need to swap Youngs for David Paice surely after another crooked line-out sees them lose possession. They are back where they started now.

  • This will help their cause as South Africa hold on in contact so Farrell will push his pack up to the Springbok 22. Huge moment in the game here one feels as Alberts goes for Marcell Coetzee. Not a bad replacement back-row to have at your disposal.

  • Wood and Corbisiero go for Haskell and Vunipola before England are lucky to get away with that dodgy line-out throw from Youngs. They keep possession then but are about 60 metres from the away try-line. They need even more from centre Tuilagi.

  • That is poor kicking from Farrell as his high efforts don't give his chasers any chance whatsoever. But wait, England launch an attack from their own 22 with Tuilagi wanting more! He hands on to Ashton who then passes to Brown before contact.

  • At last there is something for Tuilagi to cling to as he breaks from halfway - that is what the English fans want to see. However, a fumble at the base from nine Youngs ends that attack but still it was an encouraging passage for Lancaster's men.

  • Etzebeth is penalised but nothing more and to be fair there was little in that scuffle. England have a line-out about fifteen metres inside their own half but with ten points looking like a big margin to recover right now. Farrell is on for Flood by the way.

  • Alberts really does enjoy facing England but even he couldn't have wished for better luck than he got for that try. Now then, some afters to report here as lock forward Etzebeth is in the thick of it with plenty of players involved off the ball.

  • LAMBIE CONVERSION! 6-16! Two more points.

  • ALBERTS TRY! 6-14! What a comical try. It had deflections, fumbles and question marks all over it but after TMO consultation, it's that man Alberts.


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