Rugby World Cup: England 15-16 South Africa – Springboks fightback shatters courageous England

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England: (12) 15
Pen: Farrell 4 Drop aim: Farrell
South Africa: (6) 16
Strive: Snyman Con: Pollard Pen: Libbok, Pollard 2

England fell agonisingly in need of a supreme upset and a fifth Rugby World Cup closing as South Africa got here on sturdy to grab victory in Paris.

England had been canny and dedicated within the first half, raining down kicks into the South Africa backfield, forcing a gentle provide of penalties.

Owen Farrell transformed 4 to ship his facet into the break with a 12-6 lead.

The Springboks chopped and altered their line-up after the break, however a Farrell drop-goal edged England additional clear and to the brink of a seismic shock.

Nevertheless, an RG Snyman strive 10 minutes from time reduce the underdogs’ result in 15-13 earlier than the Boks’ scrum energy earned Handre Pollard the match-winning penalty within the 77th minute.

Extra to comply with.

England: Steward; Could, Marchant, Tuilagi, Daly; Farrell (capt), Mitchell; Marler, George, Cole, Itoje, Martin, Lawes, Curry, Earl.

Replacements: Dan, Genge, Sinckler, Chessum, Vunipola, Care, Ford, Lawrence.

South Africa: Willemse; Arendse, Kriel, De Allende, Kolbe; Libbok, Reinach; Kitshoff, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, Mostert, Kolisi (capt), Du Toit, Vermeulen.

Replacements: Fourie, Nche, Koch, Snyman, Smith, De Klerk, Pollard, Le Roux.

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