South Africa extend winning streak over England

South Africa extended their unbeaten run against England to 12 matches with a 28-31 Test victory at Twickenham on Saturday.

England have not beaten South Africa since the second Test in November 2006 and their best result was a draw in 2012 in Port Elizabeth.

Both teams went into the contest having lost last week and looking to return
to winning ways but England made a clumsy start dropping balls and gifting South
Africa an intercept try.

England trailed 6-13 at half time before South Africa got a dream start to
the second half and scored a try in the 44th second of the half taking the scores
to 20-6.

As England looked to be on the rack Victor Matfield was sinbinned and the hosts
made the most of it by scoring 14 points through two quick tries as forwards
David Wilson and Ben Morgan rumbled over the tryline.

England’s rally levelled the scores at 20 all with almost half an hour left
on the clock.

Once again, England’s scrum and line-out held up well but they once more suffered
from poor decision-making, loose kicking ane needless knock-ons.

Lancaster largely kept faith with the side that lost to New Zealand as Anthony
Watson made his first Test start in place of injured Bath colleague Semesa Rokoduguni
on the right wing.

South Africa responded to their Dublin debacle by making five changes.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, significantly, dropped both half-backs Francois
Hougaard and fly-half Handre Pollard, their places taken by Cobus Reinach and
Lambie respectively.

A scrappy opening in wet conditions saw the Springboks take the lead in the
10th minute.

England fly-half Owen Farrell, running from close to his own line, gave a poor
pass to Watson, who was engulfed by a horde of green shirts.

South Africa worked the ball wide to wing Bryan Habana but knocked on.

However, England captain Chris Robshaw had infringed and Lambie kicked the
routine penalty.

South Africa made it 10-0 when England scrum-half Danny Care, winning his 50th
cap, took too long at the base of a ruck and saw his pass intercepted by Jan
Serfontein, the centre running in unopposed from 60 metres for a try under the
posts which Lambie converted.

England spent plenty of time in the Springbok half but failed to make it count
in the 26th minute when lock Dave Attwood, having broken clear, delayed what
should have been a try-scoring pass to Watson, allowing the Springbok defence
to recover.

England eventually won a penalty, which Farrell kicked and he landed another
before the break, with Lambie kicking one and missing one to leave the Springboks
13-6 up at the break.

South Africa caught England cold barely 38 seconds into the second half when
Lambie’s well-judged kick ahead was superbly caught by fullback Willie Le Roux,
running at pace, and he fed Reinach,the scrum-half running in under the posts
from 20 metres for his first Test try.

Then came Matfield’s sin-binning and England made their man advantage count
with two huge driving mauls that led to tries for prop Wilson and replacement
Morgan.

But South Africa hit back through Burger, the flanker going in on the blindside
following a close range line-out off a penalty.

And just after the hour mark, it was England’s turn to be a man down when hooker
Dylan Hartley was sin-binned for stamping.

Lambie’s third penalty made it 28-20 to the Springboks before England replacement
fly-half George Ford’s penalty, virtually his first touch, cut the deficit to
five points.

But Lambie put South Africa eight points in front with just four minutes left
when his kick to touch set up a line-out from which he landed a close-range
drop-goal.

England created an overlap for a try by South Africa-born cen

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