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England v South Africa - Story of the Match

Published 12/11/2016

England's George Ford scores his side's third try
England's George Ford scores his side's third try

Eddie Jones' unbeaten England ended a 10-year wait for victory over South Africa with a 37-21 win at Twickenham.

Tries from Jonny May, Courtney Lawes, George Ford and Owen Farrell, who finished with 19 points, saw Jones' winning streak extend to 10 from 10 games in 2016.

Replacement fly-half Johan Goosen scored the only try for the woeful Springboks, who have lost five of their last six Tests.

TWEET OF THE MATCH:

"Your Fans Man of the Match... BEN YOUNGS @benyoungs09 #CarryThemHome" - little doubting the man of the match.

https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby/status/797475237092847616

MOMENT OF THE MATCH:

Lawes, making his 50th England appearance, scored his first Test try, but only after the television match official ruled Mike Brown had not knocked on. The Northampton lock relished the physical occasion.

STAR MAN:

Ben Youngs. Took time to get to grips with the game, but flourished once England got on top up front. Made some sniping runs which provide profitable as he made dummies which set up Ford and Farrell.

STAT OF THE MATCH:

England were six days short of going 10 years without a win over the Springboks - a run which included the 2007 Rugby World Cup final when Jones was in the South Africa coaching contingent - but claimed a 10th win from 10 matches in 2016.

VILLAIN OF THE DAY:

The once mighty Springboks were dreadful. Lured by rope-a-dope tactics, the visitors took an early advantage but soon the lack of organisation told as England exploited numerous defensive lapses.

WHO'S UP NEXT?

England v Fiji, Twickenham, Saturday, November 19

Italy v South Africa, Florence, Saturday, November 19

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