Super Springboks soar to third in world

Siya Kolisi’s inspired Springboks beat England 23-12 in Bloemfontein to go two-nil up in the three-Test series. The win means the Springboks, seventh in the world before kick off, are now ranked third. Duane Vermeulen was at the heart of a colossal Springbok effort to score 23 unanswered points after England again got off to a flyer to lead 12-0.

Vermeulen was named man of the match.

The Springboks led 13-12 at halftime after flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked a 60 metre penalty.

The Springboks scored two tries, one of which was a penalty try from a dominant scrum.

Live Match Centre of Springboks’ 23-12 win against England

Scorers:

SA 23 (13)

Tries: Duane Vermeulen, Penalty Try

Conversion: Handre Pollard

Penalties: Pollard (3)

England 12 (12)

Tries: Mike Brown, Jonny May

Conversion: Owen Farrell

Teams:

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Warrick Gelant

England

15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Mike Brown, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola

Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Mark Wilson, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Denny Solomona

More to follow …

Match commentary

  • It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 74Jonny May makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 74Ivan van Zyl comes on.
  • 74Faf de Klerk comes off.
  • 72Ben Spencer comes on.
  • 72Ben Youngs comes off.
  • 72Fabulous play by South Africa has led to Sibusiso Nkosi being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 71Handre Pollard steps up to take the penalty but pulls it wide and to the right.
  • 70Owen Farrell has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 70Maro Itoje has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 70South Africa have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 68Nathan Hughes (England) is shown a yellow card.
  • 68England have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 68Trouble here as Elliot Daly breaches the defence.
  • 66Mark Wilson comes on.
  • 66Brad Shields comes off.
  • 66England decide to make a substitution, with Denny Solomona getting some game time.
  • 66England decide to make a substitution, with Mike Brown being replaced.
  • 66England make a substitution with Danny Cipriani coming on.
  • 66England make a substitution with George Ford coming off.
  • 66Handre Pollard makes no mistake with that penalty goal attempt.
  • 65South Africa sub Sikhumbuzo Notshe comes onto the field.
  • 65Siya Kolisi departs for South Africa.
  • 64Pieter-Steph du Toit has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 61Luke Cowan-Dickie comes on for England.
  • 61Jamie George leaves the field.
  • 61This is dangerous for the defence as Jesse Kriel bursts through to advance the South Africa attack.
  • 59A gap opened in the defence and George Ford took full advantage.
  • 59Jesse Kriel comes on.
  • 59Lukhanyo Am comes off.
  • 57Joe Marler comes on.
  • 57Mako Vunipola comes off.
  • 56England have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 56Try saving tackle made by Franco Mostert.
  • 55Jean-Luc du Preez comes on.
  • 55RG Snyman comes off.
  • 54The defensive line has been broken as Mike Brown goes through the gap.
  • 50South Africa decide to make a substitution, with Armand van der Merwe getting some game time.
  • 50South Africa decide to make a substitution, with Mbongeni Mbonami being replaced.
  • 50England make a substitution with Harry Williams coming on.
  • 50England make a substitution with Kyle Sinckler coming off.
  • 49The referee awards a penalty try to South Africa.
  • 49South Africa put the pressure on with this scrum and it has paid off as they are awarded a penalty try.
  • 46What a tackle there by Maro Itoje as he saves a certain try!.
  • 44South Africa sub Thomas du Toit comes onto the field.
  • 44Frans Malherbe departs for South Africa.
  • 44Steven Kitshoff comes on for South Africa.
  • 44Tendai Mtawarira leaves the field.
  • 42South Africa have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 41What a run here by Brad Shields as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 41Duane Vermeulen makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40+1The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 40Nathan Hughes comes on.
  • 40Billy Vunipola comes off.
  • 39Fabulous play by South Africa has led to Mbongeni Mbonami being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 38Handre Pollard kicks the penalty.
  • 35England have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 28Handre Pollard has kicked a penalty goal.
  • 24Handre Pollard converts the try.
  • 24RG Snyman played a key part in that try.
  • 23A stunning solo try from Duane Vermeulen.
  • 23Trouble here as Tendai Mtawarira breaches the defence.
  • 23South Africa have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 13Owen Farrell has hooked the conversion to the right of the posts.
  • 13That’s a great try assist by Mike Brown.
  • 12Elliot Daly sets up the try.
  • 12A series of passes by England results in a try for Jonny May.
  • 12This is dangerous for the defence as Jonny May bursts through to advance the England attack.
  • 10Owen Farrell has kicked a conversion.
  • 10A gap opened in the defence and Mike Brown took full advantage.
  • 9Great hands by England leads to a try for Mike Brown.
  • 3The defensive line has been broken as Damian de Allende goes through the gap.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.

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