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England began this year''s Six Nations with a victory over Italy in Rome and a hard-fought win over Wales at Twickenham. But then had a few defeats. They were beaten emphatically by Ireland who claimed a 24-15 victory on St Patrick''s Day to win their third Grand Slam.
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Rassie Erasmus began his tenure as South Africa coach with a 22-20 defeat to Wales last weekend in a one-off Test staged in Washington D.C.
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Aphiwe Dyantyi will be a threat today against England have consistently good performances in the SuperRugby competition.
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It is not a stretch to say that England have been abysmal in their past four outings. Lacking in intensity and guile, Scotland, France, Ireland and the Barbarians all recorded deserved victories over Eddie Jones? men.
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Kolisi has the pressure of being the first black skipper of the Springboks, and the 26-year-old has not been in great form this season, but the flanker is more than good enough to take the burden.
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Ben O'Keefe is the referee today with Romain Poite and Glen Jackson assisting him. Simon McDowell is the TMO.
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England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Mike Brown, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Nick Isiekwe, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Denny Solomona
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South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 S?busiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane/Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw/Thomas du Toit, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the international clash between South Africa and England from the Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg.
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Kick-off! The first half begins after the singing of the national anthems. It is a sea of green in the crowd with a few spots of white as the home support dominates. Pollard kicks us off.
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England win the first penalty of the game as Du Preez goes off his feet in the ruck. England will look to kick this, it will be a long kick.
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PENALTY, ENGLAND, DALY! 0-3: Big kick, more than 60m and Daly fires the first shot of the game to open the scoring for England. The visitors lead by three points.
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TRY, ENGLAND, BROWN! 0-8: What a try! Brilliant play from England to build and then they pass the ball wide and to the left to Brown. He muscles his way past a couple of players to go on and score. Strong start for England.
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CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 0-10: Good kick from Farrell, it curls back nicely to add two more points to the score. England lead by 10 points.
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Louw concedes the penalty at the scrum and England will kick this to the corner for a lineout. South Africa need to play better.
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A free kick to South Africa from the lineout. Snyman did well to collect the lineout and this will be a scrum with the hosts having the feed.
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Good build up from South Africa and they win a penalty for the tackler not rolling away. They will look to go for goal and get some points on the board.
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PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 3-10: South Africa open their scoring as Pollard slots in a relatively easy penalty goal and the deficit is down to 7 points.
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A couple of good runs from Mike Brown and England are working the ball through a few phases. South Africa holding them up.
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TRY, ENGLAND, DALY! 3-15: England just keep coming and coming, they went through the phases and then a nice pass from Ford to Daly who has the pace to go on and score the try. A really well constructed try from England.
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CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, FARRELL! 3-17: The conversion is from almost the same place as the last one and Farrell slots it in perfectly to push the score to 17 points.
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TRY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 3-22: Fluid passing and some strong play from the visitors and this time it is Farrell who takes the ball over the line to score the third try for England. South Africa have no answer to these attacks.
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It has been a fast game so far and England have a lineout as Le Roux hoofs the ball out near the halfway line. England have dominated the game so far.
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CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 3-24: The captain makes no mistake and converts his own try. The lead is 21 points now.
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South Africa have a lineout as they win a penalty and Pollard finds the corner. They will look to attack. They have to score next to keep their hopes alive in this game.
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TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DE KLERK! 8-24: This is what they wanted, Nkosi made the try with a good, strong run and then Faf de Klerk extends his arm to ground the ball over the line. South Africa have their first try of the game.
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Pollard misses the conversion so the score will remain on 8-24.
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Free kick awarded to South Africa, De Klerk takes it quickly and South Africa attack. Eventually they have a lineout just inside the English half
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The referee brings play back for a scrum to England as they were playing under advantage. South Africa will need to attack more if they want to put pressure on the visitors.
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South Africa have played better as the game has gone on but England hold a sizable lead.
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South Africa are attacking with the ball but England are keeping them in check. Faf de Klerk with a few good passes from the breakdown.
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England turn the ball over and kick it. Pollard collects it and runs with it.
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CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 15-24: Pollard makes no mistake and the deficit is brought down to 9 points.
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TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, NKOSI! 13-24: Nkosi tries the through kick after Pollard does well to run with the ball and then Nkosi keeps his balance to ground the loose ball over the line. He scores on his debut and this is an important try for the hosts.
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South Africa are on the attack after the lineout and they are looking for a try here. Good play from De Klerk again and then Pollard and Le Roux carry the ball.
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TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, NKOSI! 20-24: Le Roux with a brilliant pass and then the ball is passed inside to Nkosi who takes it over the line. Brilliant try from South Africa.
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A short delay in play as the referee is getting his communications equipment sorted out.
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CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 22-24: Pollard makes no mistake with the conversion and South Africa are just two points behind England now. A brilliant comeback from the hosts.
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Itoje is penalised for a high tackle and Pollard kicks the penalty to the corner for a lineout. South Africa are playing well now.
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Another penalty to South Africa and Faf de Klerk takes it quickly. The hosts win another penalty.
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TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LE ROUX! 27-24: What a try and South Africa take the lead. De Klerk with a nice pass and the Le Roux puts in a strong run and takes the ball all the way to score another important try for South Africa. Brilliant try!
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CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 29-24: Pollard makes no mistake and slots in the conversion, the hosts have made a huge comeback after England held the early lead.
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The second half begins as Ford kicks us off.
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HALF-TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 29-27 ENGLAND. England led in the first quarter of the game but South Arica came back strongly into the game with Nkosi scoring two brilliant tries and Le Roux scoring one. It is a two-point game with South Africa in the lead at half-time.
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PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 29-27: Good penalty kick from Farrell and England score three points to end the first half. What a game this has been so far. South Africa lead by 2 points after being behind for most of the game.
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Good offload from Pollard and then Snyman puts in a brilliant run for the hosts to make some good ground.
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A knock on from Brown and South Africa will have another scrum. De Klerk is controlling the game really well for the hosts.
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South Africa have a scrum deep in the English half and they will look to attack. De Klerk, who has had a great game so far, feeds the scrum.
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England breathe a sigh of relief as Farrell kicks to clear the ball. The free kick goes against South Africa, but they have a lineout at the halfway line.
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De Klerk kicks the ball deep and May can't get to it so England are pushed back deep in their own half. They have the lineout.
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Daly collects the long kick from Pollard and claims the mark. Tom Curry is struggling with some cramps.
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Itoje gets on the wrong side of Vermeulen after the lineout and South Africa win the penalty. Vermeulen is another player who is having a good game today. Pollard will go for the kick.
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Pollard misses for the second time this evening and the score does not change. South Africa lead by two points.
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The referee brings play back for a penalty to South Africa, a high tackle on Faf de Klerk and Itoje was the guilty party there.
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PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 32-27: First points of the second half as Pollard slots the 40m kick in and South Africa push their lead to 5 points. Good pressure from the hosts.
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An accidental offside from England and this will be another scrum for the hosts. England have looked average after the first quarter of the game.
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Dyantyi was slightly impatient there with a pass to Am and the ball goes into touch. England will have the feed at the scrum, South Africa have controlled the game well in the second half.
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The referee has a few words with the players as the scrum is reset, it is a warning that the next kick will be a penalty. South Africa with a strong scrum and they win a penalty from it.
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Pollard's penalty hits the uprights and falls into play. He gives chase and the hosts put some pressure on England. They have done well in the second half.
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South Africa have dominated territory and possession and have really turned the heat on in Johannesburg today. It is a five point game with 20 minutes remaining.
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The ball is lost forward by Dyantyi and Le Roux is struggling with a cramp. He is getting some medical attention.
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Le Roux will soldier on and England have the scrum. They pass the ball wide on the left to Daly and then to Brown.
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Huge moment in the game as De Klerk makes two big tackles and forces a knock on from England. The visitors were just looking to pass the ball and create something here.
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YELLOW CARD, ENGLAND, VUNIPOLA! Mako Vunipola is sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge on De Klerk, that was a poor challenge from him especially after the ball was kicked away. South Africa playing well.
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TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DYANTYI! 37-27: De Klerk to Snyman who sucks in the defenders and then passes the ball to Dyantyi who juggles the ball but manages to control it and ground it to score a try on debut. Brilliant try for the hosts.
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CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 39-27: Pollard makes no mistake with a difficult conversion and South Africa are 12 points in the lead. England are a player short.
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England were playing under advantage and Kolisi is the guilty party there. Farrell will kick the penalty into touch for a lineout. England will have to make something from this to stay alive in the game.
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TRY, ENGLAND, ITOJE! 39-32: Itoje stretches after England work the ball through 11 phases and he grounds the ball on the line to score an important try. They are a man short because of the yellow card.
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England on the attack, South Africa will have to defend patiently. England are through a few phases, and they have a penalty advantage.
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Farrell pulls the conversion wide and England stay 7 points behind South Africa.
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South Africa have a lineout deep in their own half and De Klerk is being replaced by Van Zyl. De Klerk has had a brilliant game today.
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England are chasing the game as we go into the final few minutes and South Africa are pushing them deep in their half.
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South Africa win another penalty and Kitshoff wins it for them. Pollard will look to kick this.
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A dead straight kick for Pollard and he makes no mistake as he drills the 52m kick. South Africa push their lead to 10 points with just four minutes remaining in the game.
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TRY, ENGLAND, MAY! 42-37: Good try from England and May puts in a brilliant run from the wing, the South African defence has gaps in it and England find a way to score.
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England pushing on attack but Vermeulen forces the turn over. Van Zyl with the clearance but he does not find touch.
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CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 42-39: It is a quick conversion and England are just three points behind as we go into the final minutes of this game.
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FULL-TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 42-39 ENGLAND. South Africa steal the ball from the lineout and Van Zyl then passes it to Jantjies who kicks it into touch to end the game. South Africa post a three point win after being 21 points behind in the first quarter of the game. Big win for a young Springboks side.
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Van Der Merwe concedes the penalty for not supporting his body weight and Daly boots the ball into touch for a lineout just inside the South African half.
South Africa
England
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Tries
5
19' Faf de Klerk
29' Sibusiso Nkosi
33' Sibusiso Nkosi
38' Willie Le Roux
64' Aphiwe Dyantyi
3' Mike Brown
12' Elliot Daly
16' Owen Farrell
69' Maro Itoje
77' Jonny May
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Conversions
4
30' Handre Pollard
34' Handre Pollard
39' Handre Pollard
65' Handre Pollard
4' Owen Farrell
14' Owen Farrell
17' Owen Farrell
77' Owen Farrell
3
Penalties
2
10' Handre Pollard
51' Handre Pollard
75' Handre Pollard
1' Elliot Daly
40' Owen Farrell
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Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
1
62' Mako Vunipola
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Tendai Mtawarira
Mbongeni Mbonami
Wilco Louw
RG Snyman
Franco Mostert
Siya Kolisi
Jean-Luc du Preez
Duane Vermeulen
Faf de Klerk
Handre Pollard
Aphiwe Dyantyi
Damian de Allende
Lukhanyo Am
Sibusiso Nkosi
Willie Le Roux
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Mako Vunipola
Jamie George
Kyle Sinckler
Maro Itoje
Nick Isiekwe
Chris Robshaw
Tom Curry
Billy Vunipola
Ben Youngs
George Ford
Mike Brown
Owen Farrell
Henry Slade
Jonny May
Elliot Daly
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Reserves
8
Armand van der Merwe
Steven Kitshoff
Thomas du Toit
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Sikhumbuzo Notshe
Ivan van Zyl
Elton Jantjies
Warrick Gelant
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Luke Cowan-Dickie
Joe Marler
Harry Williams
Brad Shields
Nathan Hughes
Ben Spencer
Piers Francis
Denny Solomona