THE DREADED series whitewash might have been avoided but the desired victory England so desperately wanted slipped agonisingly away following Owen Farrell’s late drop goal miss in Port Elizabeth. The touring side have contested over the last month showing the gap between the Springboks and themselves is closer than people think. In a third
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By Owain Jones, Rugby World Editor
In a nutshell
ENGLAND WILL fly home reflecting on a 2-0 Series loss, but their journey will buoyed by the positives to come out of a third Test. England ended up drawing a game which many observers will feel was within their grasp. The players, once again, showed a creditable team spirit which is testament to…
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PIERRE SPIES will play in his 50th Test for South Africa when they take on England at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Spies was included in a starting 15 that shows three changes from the one that beat England in the second Test of the Castle Incoming Tour. Willem Alberts (flank) and Pat Lambie (fullback) were…
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With bodies creaking, England will have flown down to Port Elizabeth disappointed with their showing at Ellis Park against a phenomenally powerful Springbok side. At altitude they were blown apart by South Africa in the first half, missing multiple first tackles and unable to halt the momentum of the Boks behind the gain line when their runners came from deep. This was the South Africa from the start of the second half in Durban
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By Katie Field, Rugby World writer
FOR ENGLAND this weekend’s match is all about bouncing back from last Saturday’s 22-17 defeat in Durban to level the three-Test series before it slips away from them, while for South Africa the priority is to press home their advantage and take an unassailable 2-0 lead. In their quest for “more of the same”, the…
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JONATHAN JOSEPH will start his first England international in Saturday’s second Test against South Africa at Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg.
The London Irish centre comes in at No 13 in place of Manus Tuilagi, who switches inside for Brad Barritt in a side showing five changes – two positional – from the one that started the 1st Test.
Toby Flood replaces Owen…
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SPRINGBOK COACH Heyneke Meyer made three changes to the match 22 for Saturday’s second Test against England in Johannesburg.
The only change to the starting 15 is at fullback, Pat Lambie replacing the injured Zane Kirchner. Lambie replaced Kirchner after half-time last week and will play in his 13th Test for South Africa.
On the bench, Werner Kruger comes in for the…
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ENGLAND HAD a strong first half, featuring outstanding defence, some good attacks and great security under the high ball, but South Africa took a grip on the game in the third quarter and England were never quite good enough to get back into it. The scrum did not prove to be a decisive weapon for South Africa until the last ten minutes,