Ellis Park thriller:- Boks beating their visitors England

The Springboks got back to winning ways with victory over England in an enthralling Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, beating their visitors 42-39.

Having gone down to Wales in Washington DC last weekend, new Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus picked up his first success at the helm thanks to a stunning fightback after the Boks had gone 24-3 behind with less than a quarter of the match having been played.

England were quick out the blocks with three converted tries in a matter of 16 minutes through wing Mike Brown, fullback Elliot Daly and flyhalf Owen Farrell.

In addition to Farrell’s three conversions, Daly added a penalty from in excess of 60m out which gave Eddie Jones’ side a 21-point advantage which left the home crowd stunned.


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To their credit, the Boks stormed back with four tries of their own in a matter of 19 minutes through man-of-the-match scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, a brace from debutant wing S’bu Nkosi and fullback Willie le Roux.

Flyhalf Handre Pollard added three conversions and a penalty, while Farrell added a late three-pointer to see South Africa go into the half-time break 29-27 ahead.

The second half was more of a cut-and-thrust affair with a 51th-minute penalty by Pollard extending the Boks’ lead to five.

Crucially, a yellow card to England loosehead Mako Vunipola, playing in his 50th Test, saw the visitors reduced to 14 men in the 63rd minute.

The Boks were quick to capitalise, scoring their fifth try of the night immediately thereafter by another debutant, home-town wing Aphiwe Dyantyi, while Pollard made no mistake with the conversion to extend the home side’s lead to a handy 12 points.

To their credit, England were next on the scoreboard – while still down a man – as lock Maro Itoje scored close to a ruck. Farrell failed to land the conversion.


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Replacement front-rower Steven Kitshoff won a vital penalty in the 76th minute which Pollard made no mistake with.

England speedster Jonny May then gave the home crowd an anxious last few minutes with a breath-taking mazy run to score under the posts. Farrell added the conversion via a drop goal as England closed to within three points.

Alas, the fightback was not to be as the Boks ran down the clock to extend England’s 2018 misery to five consecutive defeats.

Scorers for South Africa:-

(3)PEN Handre Pollard11′
(5)TRY Faf de Klerk20′
(5)TRY Sibusiso Nkosi30′
(2)CON Handre Pollard31′
(5)TRY Sibusiso Nkosi34′
(2)CON Handre Pollard35′
(5)TRY Willie le Roux39′
(2)CON Handre Pollard40′
(3)PEN Handre Pollard52′
(5)TRY Aphiwe Dyantyi65′
(2)CON Handre Pollard66′
(3)PEN Handre Pollard76′

The sides will next do battle at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein next Saturday, with the third and final Test scheduled for Newlands in Cape Town on June 23.


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