Springboks 36 England 27
16 Jun 2012
GARETH DUNCAN brought you live commentary and scoring from the Test in Johannesburg.
FULL TIME: Springboks 36 England 27
80 mins: The Springboks have the feed to the lineout, but England win the ball. But they lose the ball forward, and the Rolland blows the final whistle. THE SPRINGBOKS WIN THE TEST AND THE SERIES!
79 mins: Ashton makes a break out wide, and offloads to eighthman Thomas Waldrom. But he’s pushed into touch by Pietersen.
78 mins: England kick for touch, but again, they fail to win their own lineout. Springboks make a crucial steal.
77 mins: England make a mess of a crucial lineout in the Springbok half. However, the hosts’ scrum concede a penalty. With a few minutes left, the Springboks should hold on, but England will want to score some points.
72 mins: SPRINGBOK TRY! The Springboks spread the ball wide inside the English 22m area and Pietersen, who started the move, slips into the corner. Should be the match-winning score. Morne Steyn misses the conversion. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 36-27!
70 mins: GREAT RUN! JP Pietersen puts in a great run, and puts South Africa on a front foot against an English outfit who have dominated the final quarter.
67 mins: The Springbok heavies get their revenge at the next scrum as England are penalised on this occasion. However, Morne Steyn misses an attempt he would be expected to convert. A poor kicking performance from the No 10.
64 mins: ENGLAND PENALTY! England are within touching distance as Flood kicks the three-pointer. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 31-27!
62 mins: MONSTER SCRUM! The Springbok pack goes into turbo reverse as the England pack drives them back. The latter get the penalty.
61 mins: ENGLAND TRY! The English are fighting back as Youngs capitalises on a good break into the Springbok’s danger zone. The scrumhalf’s second try of the game and the tourists trail by seven points. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 31-24!
58 mins: SPRINGBOK PENALTY! England have a feed to a scrum inside their own 22m area, but are penalised as Cole breaks his bind with Beast. Steyn converts the three-pointer. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 31-17!
51 mins: ENGLAND TRY! Youngs forces his way over the tryline, and is held up by Alberts and Hougaard. Referee Alain Rolland calls for the TMO for assistance, and replays shows that the ball did eventually touch the ground. Flood converts. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 28-17!
50 mins: The Springboks concede possession at the scrum in centre field. England win the ball and are awarded the penalty at the following breakdown. They kick for touch, and get a chance to break the deficit.
46 mins: SPRINGBOK PENALTY! South Africa break into the England red zone again, thanks to a strong carry from Alberts. The Springbok heavies carry the ball well before the visitors are penalised for offside. Morne Steyn converts the penalty. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 28-10!
43 mins: The Springboks work the ball into the England 22m area, but tighthead prop Dan Cole makes a crucial steal. England escape.
42 mins: England concede two successive penalties, and Steyn lands two good touch finders. Great platform for the Springboks.
RESTART KICK-OFF: Flood gets the game started again, with a deep kick-off. Alberts carries the ball strongly, and Morne Steyn clears play to the halfway line.
HALF-TIME: Springboks 25 England 10
38 mins: England concede a penalty 5m into the Springboks’ half. Frans Steyn steps up to take his first attempt at goal, and receives a big roar from the crowd. Steyn has the distance, but he pushes his kick wide.
35 mins: The Springboks break down the right side of the field, and inside centre Frans Steyn puts a clever chip through into space. Skipper Jean de Villiers runs on to it perfectly, and tries to offload to Pietersen. However, the wing drops the ball. Try-scoring opportunity missed.
30 mins: England concede a penalty in a difficult kickable position. Morne Steyn gets his order to kick for posts, but he pulls his attempt to the side. Disappointing.
26 mins: SPRINGBOK DROP GOAL! The hosts swing the ball side to side, but fail to gain much ground. Morne Steyn sits in the pocket in midfield, and gets a clean strike during his first drop goal attempt. And it’s over! SPRINGBOKS LEAD 23-10!
23 mins: ENGLAND TRY! A quick penalty tap from Youngs catches the Springbok defence sleeping. Wing Chris Ashton splits their guard and offloads to Flood, who dives over. Flood also kicks the conversion. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 22-10!
22 mins: Fullback Pat Lambie gets some medical attention after landing awkwardly while competing for a high ball. Some concern, but he stays on the field.
18 mins: SPRINGBOK TRY! The English defence is struggling against this juggernaut-like momentum. Again, the hosts find themselves in a great attacking situation, and again, South Africa bash through. This time, scrumhalf Francois Hougaard dots down after his forwards do all the hard work in a patient build-up. Morne Steyn adds the extras. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 22-3!
15 mins: SPRINGBOK PENALTY! The Springbok scrum dominates and milks a penalty from right in front. Morne Steyn converts with ease. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 15-3!
14 mins: With front foot ball, the Springboks burst into England territory. Wing JP Pietersen chips the ball into space and Youngs is caught out again, being forced over his own tryline to give South Africa a 5m scrum.
11 mins: England are in a great position again as the create a try-scoring opportunity. They spread the ball wide, and snipe around the breakdowns. But after a big tackle on Youngs from lock Eben Etzebeth and loosehead prop Beast Mtawarira, Habana makes a great steal and forces the penalty.
9 mins: ENGLAND PENALTY! England break into the Springbok half for the first time, and they come back with points as the hosts are pinned in a kickable position. Flyhalf Toby Flood lines up his first goal attempt, and it’s good. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 12-3!
7 mins: SPRINGBOK TRY! It doesn’t take long until the Springboks find themselves in the England 22m area again. The forwards are carrying the ball well, and Bismarck du Plessis makes the telling hit as he bashes over under the poles. Morne Steyn’s second conversion attempt is successful. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 12-0!
3 mins: SPRINGBOK TRY! England make a mess of the scrum as the ball spills out of the set piece. Flank Willem Alberts is the first man on the ball and he gets the easiest try of his career. Morne Steyn misses the conversion. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 5-0.
2 mins: The Springboks enjoy a fantastic start to the game as they boss possession early on. They run several phases into England’s red zone, where wing Bryan Habana finds some space. The Stormers speedster hits the gap hard, but he is tackled 5m short. Hooker Bismarck du Plessis loses the ball forward, scrum to England.
KICK-OFF: Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn gets thing going with a deep kick-off into England Territory. England flank Tom Johnson takes in possession cleanly, and scrumhalf Ben Young clears.
Springboks – 15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Wynand Olivier, 22 Bjorn Basson.
England – 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 David Strettle, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Subs: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Thomas Wadrom, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Alex Goode.