England defeat Springboks in series loss

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    Captain Owen Farrell’s 20 points and a Jonny May try earned England a much-needed consolation victory from their tour of South Africa as the visitors won 25-10 at Newlands.

    While England’s performance was anything but polished they made the most of South Africa’s ill-discipline as the hosts – who won the series 2-1 – conceded 14 penalties to six and made 13 handling errors.

    Farrell punished the Springboks as he kicked through five of his first six goal attempts to earn a 15-10 lead going into the final quarter, before May’s try killed off England’s five-test losing streak with a flourish.

    When a knock-on gifted England possession midway into South Africa’s half, five-eighth Danny Cipriani sent a raking kick into the right corner where man-of-the-match May, who scored in the previous two tests, pounced again.

    It was a rare piece of flair in an otherwise error-strewn game, which was played on the back of two hours of relentless winter rain.

    Neither side able to develop any momentum in the first half.

    Despite finding themselves on the right side of the penalty count for the first time in the series, as well as earning more turnovers, England spent much of the opening 40 minutes without the ball and inside its own half due to poor handling and trouble in the lineout.

    England still went into the break 6-3 up, thanks in part to flyhalf Elton Jantjies’ poor game for South Africa.

    Handed a rare start ahead of Handre Pollard, Jantjies missed an early penalty attempt, dropped a pass that led to Farrell’s second successful kick, and made his first contribution to the second half a knock-on.

    The England scrum led to a penalty, which Farrell kicked to put England six points ahead.

    South Africa bounced back with its only try of the game.

    As the Springboks advanced on the English try-line, fullback Warrick Gelant took up the position of first receiver and sent a grubber in behind the defence for Jesse Kriel to score and put South Africa 10-9 ahead.

    Yet the home side’s lead lasted just four minutes, as Farrell kicked a fourth penalty.

    South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus replaced Jantjies with Pollard, but it was too late as England took control with two more penalties and May’s try.

    It could have been worse for South Africa but centre Henry Slade knocked on an interception chance in the dying stages of the game with the try-line at his mercy.

    © AAP 2018

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    • Roar Guru

      June 24th 2018 @ 11:03am
      PeterK said | June 24th 2018 @ 11:03am | ! Report

      The series went exactly as I thought, SA would win the 2 at altitude and lose in capetown.

      It should be a good rc battle between Boks and AB’s.

      Wallabies will be valiant but I don’t expect them to win any games against these 2.

      • Roar Guru

        June 24th 2018 @ 4:08pm
        Corne Van Vuuren said | June 24th 2018 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

        Idon’t think Newlands the venue or should I saysea level had anything to do with the fact that England won.

        England gave SA a lesson in wet weather rugby.

        They put everything into the collisions and won the breakdowns. They kicked for territory and kept kicking their goals.

        Rassie’s Boks had no clue.

        • June 24th 2018 @ 4:19pm
          cuw said | June 24th 2018 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

          yes – reminded me how NZ under 20 lost to Ireland in 2016 , when razor Robertson coached.

          they were at home the poms , rather than sea 😀

        • June 24th 2018 @ 10:32pm
          Bakkies said | June 24th 2018 @ 10:32pm | ! Report

          ‘Idon’t think Newlands the venue or should I saysea level had anything to do with the fact that England won.’

          Well apart from less penalties conceded match environment is a factor. The English got over taken in the second half of the first two tests like all touring teams bar the ABs do at altitude.

          • Roar Guru

            June 24th 2018 @ 11:20pm
            Corne Van Vuuren said | June 24th 2018 @ 11:20pm | ! Report

            You are ignoring the English coming back atrongly in the last quarter of the first test

      • June 25th 2018 @ 12:05am
        Ex force fan said | June 25th 2018 @ 12:05am | ! Report

        If altitude is such a significant advantage then you would expext that South Africa’s Currie Cup would be dominated by teams that is based on the Highveld such as the Bulls, Lions and Cheetah as several games are played through the season at altitude. No matter what period you look at, this is not the case ss the coastal teams like WP, EP, Boland and Natal have won more Currie Cups than the teams from the Highveld. Altitude is in my view far less significant than other factors such as winter rain, etc.

        • June 25th 2018 @ 11:51am
          Lara said | June 25th 2018 @ 11:51am | ! Report

          The Poms love mud…..n they good in it.

        • Roar Pro

          June 25th 2018 @ 2:55pm
          Bakkies said | June 25th 2018 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

          ‘Altitude is in my view far less significant than other factors such as winter rain, etc.’

          It is different when you are coming from abroad though.

          • June 25th 2018 @ 4:45pm
            Ex force fan said | June 25th 2018 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

            Why? Timezones? What physical characteristics make rugby players from abroad different than those from the SA coastline that makes South Africans less susceptible to lower oxygen levels at altitude?

            • June 25th 2018 @ 5:11pm
              cuw said | June 25th 2018 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

              saffas trained at height. poms didnot.

              that is the long and short of it.

              many athletes before a competition train in thin air – so that the blood count goes up to compensate for the low oxygen.

              it does not last long – but helps in the short run.

              the question shud be why poms did not train at height – it is not as if they did not know where they play?

              i think Eddie wanted to see how his boys will do without the acclimatization. a planner like him will not make haphazard decisions.

              just like Ireland put out a half baked team in test 1.

              • June 26th 2018 @ 1:48am
                Ex force fan said | June 26th 2018 @ 1:48am | ! Report

                Cuw, this is news to me. As far as I know the Currie Cup teams of Western Province, Natal and Eastern Province are training at the coast and normally fly to the venue on the day of the match. I have followed the Currie Cup for decades and never ever heard of coastal Currie Cup teams that setup training basis at altitude during the season.

              • Roar Guru

                June 27th 2018 @ 11:31am
                taylorman said | June 27th 2018 @ 11:31am | ! Report

                England rugby has enormous funds dont they? Perhaps they could buy a mountain or two?

            • June 25th 2018 @ 11:44pm
              Bakkies said | June 25th 2018 @ 11:44pm | ! Report

              No familiarity (eg France selecting 130kg Uini Atonio at tighthead was a bizarre selection) away teams still make the mistake of travelling up from the coast a day before the match (Jake White changed that at the Brumbies by getting the team to train all week in the location of the match), different fitness requirments and tough on the lungs. SA selecting two venues at altitude in a three test series against a European opponent after an 11 month season is the smartest thing they can do. They nearly lost to Ireland who were missing key players when they went with two tests at sea level.

        • June 25th 2018 @ 5:03pm
          cuw said | June 25th 2018 @ 5:03pm | ! Report

          not a proper example re thin air.

          at altitude there is less oxygen – so people who live there are acclimatized to it than those who are living at seas level.

          but it is only one factor for a team . if a club team is not that good , a better team can always beat them.

          but this is not the case in test rugger – becoz we assume all the best players are in the team of a country.

          then the thin air becomes a deciding factor – for those who are used to it as opposed to those who are not.

          talking of air – there was a huge issue when Sri lanka played a cricket test in Delhi against India.

          Delhi is one of the most polluted places in India and most of the Sri lankan team got sick.

          however the Indian team did not react the same way to the air pollution and a prominent Delhi politician called it ” ridiculous that Sri lankans get sick in Delhi!”

          but a few Indian players came to the defence of Sri Lankan players – saying Colombo is very much cleaner and it is understandable that they got sick in the dirty air.

          • June 25th 2018 @ 6:35pm
            Ex force fan said | June 25th 2018 @ 6:35pm | ! Report

            Currie Cup is clearly above club rugby and the finals are heavily contested games with teams of similar ability. I do not say altitude is not a factor it is just not as important as some people makes it to be. If it was you would expect that teams from the highveld would dominate the competition as they will gain far greater advantage from playing several games every season at altitude. This is not the case however.

            • Roar Guru

              June 27th 2018 @ 11:40am
              taylorman said | June 27th 2018 @ 11:40am | ! Report

              No but that may be because in SA all Currie cup players play altitude regularly so the difference is marginal.

              The speed of the game is also a factor. The first two tests were high pace so more oxygen is needed and England wiltered noticeably. When youre managing your game through long kicks and banging penalties over oxygen isnt in as much demand.

              Altitude was mentioned previously by AB touring teams as a factor but Super rugby puts our players on the high veldt on a semi regular basis so its not such a factor for us but wins there by NH teams are still rare enough to suggest its enough of a problem for them.

    • June 24th 2018 @ 1:13pm
      bluesfan said | June 24th 2018 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

      Bit defeatist – Oz to my mind are looking OK and are tracking well. Would not expect them to win the BC, however would not be surprised to see them pick up a game.

      Against Boks – Oz would be my favourites – Boks will be strong in the forwards once they get all their injured back – but Oz backs will be to strong for SA and forwards should be able to retain some parity against Bok forwards- so would expect them to win at home and then should be a close one over in SA.

      • June 24th 2018 @ 8:42pm
        Homer Gain said | June 24th 2018 @ 8:42pm | ! Report

        I agree. The Aussies look 3rd best at present, albeit well behind NZ and a bit off a very efficient Irish team. England are back to the dark days of the Lancaster era and making the Saffas look better than they are. That said, I don’t think the Saffas problem is a shortage of talent, it’s about confidence and organisation. Playing England at present does wonders for the former and perhaps Erasmus can bring some of the latter over time. I’m really not sure where England go from here though.

        • June 24th 2018 @ 9:57pm
          JimmyB said | June 24th 2018 @ 9:57pm | ! Report

          Erm, well, yeah they won so erm yeah I don’t know…

    • June 24th 2018 @ 3:26pm
      cuw said | June 24th 2018 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

      Eddie has still not called the contribution of Cipriani. he refused to start him in 2 matches .

      and funny how Sheilds became the scapegoat of the losses – being dropped for the match.

      the ground conditions and the silly experiments by the saffa coach helped the England team.

      and another rubbish performance from jantjies … he really cannot play test rugger , sorry.

      got to wait and see if they go for one of the 10s in Europe OR have a look at the other duprezez.

      • Roar Guru

        June 24th 2018 @ 5:24pm
        Corne Van Vuuren said | June 24th 2018 @ 5:24pm | ! Report

        Jantjies was terrible, I don’t even think if he keeps his attitude in check it will help him, he fumbled, missed kicks, got charged down again and made only one positive contribution to the match

        • June 24th 2018 @ 5:34pm
          cuw said | June 24th 2018 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

          i think he is like Paul Pogba – a boy with skills and talent but the head not in right place.

          lots of similarities like the haircuts and tats – but poor performances on the field.

          someone had recently talked of RONALDO’s professionalism – how he changed the game by hiring chefs and nutritionists and personal trainers – and that he does not have any tats or silly haircuts.

          • June 24th 2018 @ 10:34pm
            Bakkies said | June 24th 2018 @ 10:34pm | ! Report

            Ronaldo could ditch those ridiculous ear rings. From what I read he is a regular blood donor so it is one of the reasons why he hasn’t got any tough stickers.

            • June 25th 2018 @ 1:57pm
              cuw said | June 25th 2018 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

              does not play with earrings. 🙂

              anyways they look much better than a silly haircut.

              and now Pogba has come out and said he will retire from test footy – becoz people have criticized his rubbish performances at world cup 😛

      • June 24th 2018 @ 9:59pm
        JimmyB said | June 24th 2018 @ 9:59pm | ! Report

        Think Shields was injured tbf, not that he’s a silver bullet or anything.

        • Roar Guru

          June 25th 2018 @ 5:59am
          Machpants said | June 25th 2018 @ 5:59am | ! Report

          Yeah Shields wasn’t dropped, Suzy had food poisoned him!

          • June 25th 2018 @ 1:58pm
            cuw said | June 25th 2018 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

            Hurricanes will be upset – much !!

          • Roar Guru

            June 27th 2018 @ 11:44am
            taylorman said | June 27th 2018 @ 11:44am | ! Report

            I think he was depressed from not seeing backs whizzing all around him.😀

    • June 24th 2018 @ 5:40pm
      Mark said | June 24th 2018 @ 5:40pm | ! Report

      Does someone want to ask that idiot Japanese Journo who he thinks is going to win the RC now?

      Only one team undefeated

      • Roar Guru

        June 24th 2018 @ 7:09pm
        Corne Van Vuuren said | June 24th 2018 @ 7:09pm | ! Report

        Why so upset? It is only an opinion by one man.

      • June 25th 2018 @ 8:30am
        James in NZ said | June 25th 2018 @ 8:30am | ! Report

        Mark Keohane is kiwi born, but spent the majority of his life in SA, and his blood runs green (SA’s Spiro?)
        We were really bad last week, but a week is a long time apparently.

    • Roar Guru

      June 24th 2018 @ 8:48pm
      Harry Jones said | June 24th 2018 @ 8:48pm | ! Report

      Elton excruciates me. Worst display yet.

      Also, we were poor at the breakdown.

      • June 24th 2018 @ 8:53pm
        cuw said | June 24th 2018 @ 8:53pm | ! Report

        must be tough – even for u – to find that among many.

        he just cannot play unless everything is perfect.

        even then he cannot play well in a match that matters.

        • Roar Guru

          June 25th 2018 @ 2:03am
          Harry Jones said | June 25th 2018 @ 2:03am | ! Report

          I’m beginning to think Rassie just wanted to let it be clear to everyone, even the blind EJ defenders. Not a test level field general. A very decent club pro.

          I think the biggest winner was D Willemse in the backup 10 race. Definitely ok in the wet…

    • June 24th 2018 @ 10:20pm
      Sean said | June 24th 2018 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

      Guess you were right Harry wrt Elton Jantjies ie that he should never play for the Boks again…question is can Damian Willemse(if fit) or Robbie du Preez slot in with RC coming up?

      Duane Vermeulen was nowhere yesterday(unusually poor performance from Thor),Kolisi had an “okay” game,won’t fault him much…Pieter-Steph was our “best” forward.

      Gelant had some poor handling mistakes and gave a penalty away aswell,but this is only his 2nd or 3rd tests for us,but having said that wonder if Curwin Bosch could be used in future at a Bok fullback considering that he can kick those 60m penalty kicks which gives us other goal-kicking option…

      Should’ve played this game at Loftus,we were far superior at altitude than the Poms in the first 2 tests…Cape Town mud and slippery surface made us and the game very sloppy indeed…we had no accuracy and at times tried too hard to force sonething to happen.Error count was also very bad,won’t say much about Glenn Jackson cause not point moaning about his incompetence 😉

      Wonder what our ranking will be on Monday afternoon?Hope we not sliding too far down the table…And lastly congrats to England,you did well for playing the conditions better than we did,Eddie says you right back on track if you believe him or not…

      • Roar Guru

        June 25th 2018 @ 2:13am
        Harry Jones said | June 25th 2018 @ 2:13am | ! Report

        England won the breakdown, the tactical kicking, and handling skills.

        So we have to take a hard look at:

        1/ openside (Kolisi), unless the reintroduction of Marx solves our on-the-ball issues

        2/ never let EJ play Bok 10 again … Willemse and Rob du P have a go, with Pollard maybe playing 12 in 2H

        3/ why are we dropping the ball? Technique?

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