England clinch dramatic 27-26 win over South Africa at Twickenham

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England (17) 27
Tries: Tuilagi, Steward, Quirke Cons: Smith 3 Pen: Smith 2
South Africa (12) 26
Strive: Mapimpi Pen: Pollard 5, Jantjies, Steyn

England signed off on 2021 in type as they outfoxed and outfought 2019 Rugby World Cup remaining conquerors South Africa in entrance of a rapturous Twickenham crowd.

England had leapt out to a 17-6 lead halfway by the primary half as Manu Tuilagi and Freddie Steward crossed for the hosts.

However Handre Pollard's boot saved the Boks within the struggle as they turned the screw after the break.

Raffi Quirke completed off an incisive assault for England, however the world champions' mixture of rock-solid mentality and physicality appeared to have received it when Makazole Mapimpi went over out huge on 69 minutes.

Nonetheless, England fought to the demise, as head coach Eddie Jones predicted they must, and fly-half Marcus Smith held his nerve to fit the decisive penalty within the 79th minute.

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