England vs South Africa: Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly kick hosts to victory after controversial ending

England made a winning start to the autumn internationals by defeating South Africa 12-11 with a hugely controversial finish, with a television match official review after the final play denying the Springboks what could have been a match-winning penalty.

Owen Farrell produced three penalties for the hosts that, added with Elliot Daly’s effort, proved enough to record back-to-back wins over South Africa, but it was the fly-half’s last-gasp tackle on replacement Andre Esterhuizen that nearly cost England dearly.

But after reviewing the tackle, referee Angus Gardner and TMO Olly Hodges deemed the tackle fair, which sparked an emphatic celebration from the England co-captain.

The Springboks were comfortably the better side in the opening half, but their poor handling and execution meant that England went into the dressing rooms just two points adrift. 


England vs South Africa teams





1/30 Alex Hepburn

2/30 Dylan Hartley

3/30 Kyle Sinckler

4/30 Maro Itoje

5/30 George Kruis

6/30 Brad Sheids

7/30 Tom Curry

8/30 Mark Wilson

9/30 Ben Youngs

10/30 Owen Farrell

11/30 Jonny May

12/30 Ben Te’o

13/30 Henry Slade

14/30 Jack Nowell

15/30 Elliot Daly

16/30 Steven Kitshoff

17/30 Malcolm Marx

18/30 Frans Malherbe

19/30 Eben Etzebeth

20/30 Pieter-Steph du Toit

21/30 Siya Kolisi

22/30 Duane Vermeulen

23/30 Warren Whiteley

24/30 Ivan van Zyl

25/30 Handre Pollard

26/30 Aphiwe Dyantyi

27/30 Damian de Allende

28/30 Jesse Kriel

29/30 S’Busiso Nkosi

30/30 Damian Wilemse

1/30 Alex Hepburn

2/30 Dylan Hartley

3/30 Kyle Sinckler

4/30 Maro Itoje

5/30 George Kruis

6/30 Brad Sheids

7/30 Tom Curry

8/30 Mark Wilson

9/30 Ben Youngs

10/30 Owen Farrell

11/30 Jonny May

12/30 Ben Te’o

13/30 Henry Slade

14/30 Jack Nowell

15/30 Elliot Daly

16/30 Steven Kitshoff

17/30 Malcolm Marx

18/30 Frans Malherbe

19/30 Eben Etzebeth

20/30 Pieter-Steph du Toit

21/30 Siya Kolisi

22/30 Duane Vermeulen

23/30 Warren Whiteley

24/30 Ivan van Zyl

25/30 Handre Pollard

26/30 Aphiwe Dyantyi

27/30 Damian de Allende

28/30 Jesse Kriel

29/30 S’Busiso Nkosi

30/30 Damian Wilemse

For England though, it was a familiar case of ill-discipline that dogged their efforts, and not for the first time Maro Itoje found himself at the forefront. Having conceded an early penalty for tackling in the air at the lineout, he conceded a swift second and by the time the third indiscretion came in the 16th minute, referee Angus Gardner had lost his patience. In killing the ball five metres out, Itoje was sent to the sin-bin, although South Africa failed to build on the three-point lead that Handre Pollard had given them as repeated kicks to the corner came to nothing when Malcolm Marx overthrew twice in the lineout.

In fact, England won the sin-bin period as Owen Farrell levelled the scores with a penalty of his own.

But the Springboks would not be denied, as a swift break down the left from Damian de Allende led to space on the right, and it was left to Aphiwe Dyantyi and Warren Whiteley to send Nkosi over in the corner.

Farrell added an immediate second penalty to cut the lead, but in the second half tide turned emphatically.

Suddenly the game was all England as Farrell and Ben Te’o grew into the game, which in turn brought Jonny May and Jack Nowell into play. Elliot Daly stepped up to kick a 49m penalty that Damian De Allende needlessly conceded by killing the ball, which somehow gave England the lead against the run of play.

But it only helped to see the hosts grow in confidence, and although Pollard added a second penalty when George Kruis held on to put South Africa back in front, there was only one side in the ascendency.

Daly twice wasted opportunities to release May when on the attack, but when the inexperienced pack emphatically won a penalty deep on South African territory, Farrell stepped up to kick what turned out to be the match-winning penalty.

Pollard had one late chance to snatch the win, but his penalty from 47m out shaved the outside of the right upright, and once the confusion over the final seconds was decided, England were left to celebrate what is a huge boost to their Rugby World Cup celebrations.

 

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