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Brave Boks go down to England

Brave Boks go down to England

Despite being dominated in the first half, they came back brilliantly in the second period and Farrell, in his first game as co-captain with Dylan Hartley, remained cool to slot a hard 73rd minute penalty from wide out to put them ahead.

The finish was made more dramatic in injury time when the Television Match Official was consulted over a Farrell tackle.

South Africa will be without fullback Willie le Roux and scrum-half Faf de Klerk on Saturday because the influential duo play for English clubs who are not obliged to release them for a Test falling outside World Rugby's designated window for November internationals.

The game opened up much more in the second half and England came close to scoring a try on a few occasions but thankfully they could rely on the boot of Farrell and Elliot Daly to get them over the line.

But the Boks mounted the pressure and pinned England in their 22, and with seven minutes left in the half right wing Nkosi smashed through the defence to score.

With just three months to go until the 2019 Six Nations, the Northern Hemisphere's giants are all bidding to find form and for England this is a priceless win after a tough 2018.

Jones said lock Courtney Lawes and centre Manu Tuilagi could come into contention against the All Blacks following injury, while he refused to rule out flanker Tom Curry, who required crutches after hobbling off in the second half.

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South Africa finally struck in the 34th after Nkosi scored out wide following a break from center Damian de Allende.

I don't think it is the end of the world if he loses this game, but what a loss does is that it creates an environment of tittle-tattle when it comes to media days and opening up newspapers.

However, Farrell missed another shot at goal and Pollard restored his team's lead with a 48-metre penalty despite the Springboks barely crossing halfway. The cover from the bench is the uncapped Zach Mercer. But despite all these factors giving South Africa a platform, and England's discipline again lettng them down, the Springboks could not make it count.

The home side was in the ascendancy as tiring legs led to more open passages of play, but Pollard put the Boks ahead.

They then conceded a penalty just inside their own half and Daly booted England into a remarkable 9-8 lead. Farrell, who was limping after a big tackle moments earlier, nonchalantly kicked England back in from near the left touchline.

Already England's co-captain, tactical general and goalkicker, Jones has now entrusted the Saracen with the creative duties as the countdown to next year's World Cup enters a key phase. After a tense wait, no action was taken.

Fresh from their 2-1 series victory over England in June and an encouraging Rugby Championship, the Springboks will run out at Twickenham with many of their big beasts including Eben Etzebeth, Malcolm Marx and Duane Vermeulen present. We had to keep on trying to turn them around, keep them on the back foot, and we did that.