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Chris Robshaw happy to end hoodoo with win over the Springboks

By Duncan Bech

Published 14/11/2016

Captain’s role: Chris Robshaw ended his poor run against South Africa
Captain’s role: Chris Robshaw ended his poor run against South Africa

Chris Robshaw is relieved to have finally completed his collection of rugby championship scalps after England crushed South Africa 37-21 at Twickenham.

A decade of failure against the Springboks spanning 12 Tests, one of them ending in a draw, concluded with a four-try rout on Saturday that was settled the moment George Ford dashed over early in the second half.

Robshaw has been involved in four of those losses, all of them as captain, but was typically industrious as England extended their winning run to 11 games, with 10 of them delivered under the guidance of Eddie Jones.

"It's massive because I've played a number of times against South Africa and it's been a fixture in which you feel you're quite close, but you're not actually," Robshaw said.

"For us to get over that and get a comfortable scoreline is a great feeling. To see our hard work pay off is great for the squad.

"We left some points out there and we're disappointed to have conceded that last try, but as this series continues we'll get more fluid and show consistency.

"We always want to improve and when we first met up in the summer, we were very clear that yes it had been very good and we achieved what we wanted to, but it's been about kicking on.

"It's been about making sure that every time you go out there you produce as well as you can and keep things ticking over."

Meanwhile, Tevita Kuridrani's 76th-minute try snatched a 23-22 victory for Australia over Scotland at Murrayfield and Wales held on for a nervy win over Argentina in Cardiff to end a run of five successive Test match defeats.

All the tries came in the second half with Liam Williams and Gareth Davies crossing as Wales twice opened an eight-point lead.

But Juan Martin Hernandez and Martin Landajo both scored as the Pumas refused to lie down.

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny's 78th-minute penalty edged Wales four points clear to settle the encounter.

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