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  1. Springboks win despite late England rally

    Springboks win despite late England rally

    England slipped to a 36-27 loss and a series defeat in South Africa despite a stirring fightback in the second Test in Johannesburg. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • South Africa
    • England
    • 80' Alain Rolland blows his whistle for the end of the match! A powerful South Africa may have clinched the series, but there are a lot of positives for England to take from their courageous performance at Ellis Park.
    • 80' Ashton goes surging down the left before hesquirms it to Waldrom, who is barged into touch.
    • 78' Replacement Lee Dickson knocks on from the lineout, and that is likely England's last chance of scoring gone.
    • 77' Corbisiero takes a huge hit in the maul as England win a lineout right on the South Africa 22.
    • 74' Steyn misses the conversion, from a similar position on the right to where he missed that last penalty. Just five kicks from nine have been good from him today.
    • 73' TRY! South Africa counter with a storming run from Pietersen that gets the home crowd cheering again. Play switches from left to right and, after Spies is bundled over, Pietersen is on hand to gallop unopposed over the line!
    • 72' Good progress into Boks territory from England. Ben Foden charges down the right flank and tries to dink the ball over Frans Steyn, but the big man is alert to it and catches well.
    • 70' Another scrum in the England half ends in an England penalty. What can they do with ball in hand now?
    • 68' Steyn hits the post! The kick stays out and England are still well in this match!
    • 67' At the second attempt, South Africa win a penalty from the scrum. Corbisiero appears to be the culprit.
    • 66' Poor hands from Waldrom who shells a catch at a high ball! This could be a costly error if South Africa can make something of this scrum.
    • 65' Flood makes his kick almost half the length of the pitch and we could be in for a real grandstand finish here at Ellis Park! Just four points in it!
    • 64' England dominate a scrum on the halfway line and they win a penalty. Great work from the England pack.
    • 63' Well, few would have predicted this scoreline after 20 minutes of the first half, but this match is very much in the balance.
    • 62' Flood converts the try. Lancaster and Catt can't hide their joy from their position on high!
    • 61' TRY!! Corbisiero can't quite makes it over the line but Youngs reacts quickly yet again to put down over the line!
    • 60' England take a penalty short and drive their way towards the try line. Can they compete with the muscle of South Africa?
    • 59' Steyn makes no mistake with the kick to put a two-try gap between the two sides as we head into the final quarter of the match.
    • 58' A collapsed scrum inside the England half results in a South Africa penalty.
    • 57' From the England scrum Youngs is shunted all the way back to the halfway line before South Africa turn over! South Africa are just bullying England at times in this match.
    • 55' England are getting a bit more joy in this second half, and they will put into a scrum midway into Springbok territory as Cole comes back on.
    • 53' Flood converts the try to see England close to within 11 points of the Springboks!
    • 53' TRY!! After a long time looking at Youngs's downward pressure and Hougaard's intervention, the TMO gives it!
    • 52' An England lineout misses the pack entirely and Youngs grabs the loose bal and leaps for the line! He's caught by a nasty knee to the side as he goes down, and England think they've got another try! It's referred to the TMO...
    • 51' Cole goes off with a blood injury. Corbisiero replaces him as England prepare to put in at the scrum.
    • 50' Tuilagi pushes forward but soon runs into three green shirts. The Leicester centre has been well shackled today.
    • 49' England have made 10 handling errors so far in this match, twice as many as South Africa.
    • 47' The penalty from close range and central is converted, and South Africa's lead is extended again.
    • 46' Robshaw takes out his man near the try line and concedes the penalty but escapes a yellow card.
    • 45' South africa for a scrum near the halfway line. Play moves out to the right flank, something the hosts seem to be doing as often as they can.
    • 43' South Africa's lineout goes over everyone but Frans Steyn picks up the loose ball and copes the attack alive.
    • 42' Two minutes into the second half and South Africa have a penlaty. Steyn kicks for the corner.
    • 41' The second half is underway!
    • 40' The half-time whistle blows, and England's young side go into the break 25-10 down.
    • 37' Robshaw concedes a penalty for hands in the ruck. Big Francois Steyn goes for the posts from just inside his own half, but it falls just short and wide. Fair play for having a go though, the crowd certainly enjoyed it!
    • 36' De Villiers charges after Steyn's weighted kick down the right and gets there first. He plays inside for Pietersen but Flood just gets there in time to avert another try.
    • 34' A comment from reader Penny sums up what many England fans might be feeling: "Should never have given Lancaster the job they should­ have used this test as his way of proving he was worthy­ first! never trust a man in a white track suit!!!" To be fair, that last point is hardly his fault!
    • 32' Pierre Spies makes a thundering diagonal run forward before being hauled to the ground by two England players. So much brawn in this South Africa team.
    • 31' Morne Steyn's kick creeps just past the far post. That's his second miss from five kicks so far today.
    • 30' Hougaard makes a cheeky chip over the England players and Jonathan Joseph does well to get there first and make the catch. From the ensuing maul, South Africa win a penalty.
    • 29' Pietersen hares the right after a loose ball and pounces on to Ashton. Robshaw steps in to help his team-mate out of a tight situation.
    • 27' This time, however, Steyn goes for the drop goal from range, and it's a well-judged kick that drops between the posts to edge the Springboks further ahead.
    • 26' Here we go again: South Africa are making their strong, steady progress forward into the England half. There is a crushing sense of dread whenever they bed in inside opposition territory.
    • 25' Flood converts his own try to cap off a great moment from England. Can they build on that now?
    • 24' TRY!! Youngs takes a penalty quickly and feeds Ashton. The Saints man charges through before he plays across to Flood, who evades two tacklers with a balletic pirouette to cross the line!
    • 22' Mano Dedios has posted an ominous comment below on our matchcast: "I fear a sound thrashing is on the cards." Hard to disagree. This certainly doesn't look like there will be five points in it at the final whistle like last week.
    • 20' Steyn converts again. Boks now scoring at greater than a point a minute! Not looking good for England. Who have no answer to South Africa's greater power and drive.
    • 19' TRY!! Lovely feet from Hougaard as he skips through from Du Plessis's pass from the floor to touch down!
    • 18' We go into 10 phases and beyond as South Africa slowly steamroll over this England defence.
    • 17' What strength from De Villiers! The Boks skipper charges through the centre with the ball and delivers a solid shoulder to his would-be assailant. The home team are grinding their visitors down here.
    • 16' We resume the match with South Africa scoring at a rate of a point a minute!
    • 15' England concede a penalty as Youngs tries to make a tackle from the scrum too early. Morne Steyn completes the kick from right in front of the posts with ease.
    • 14' Pietersen dinks the ball through and Youngs has to touch down as De Villiers hounds him down! Great drive from the South Africa captain, and it's got them a scrum in a great position.
    • 13' Youngs is sandwiched in between two big Boks and England lose possession.
    • 12' More good territory from England now as they heave their way over the 22. Flood looks for Tuilagi but he makes his run too soon and the momentum goes.
    • 10' Flood makes that kick look easy. Well, it was easy. England on the scoreboard at the end of a breathtaking opening 10 minutes.
    • 9' England's first meaningful foray into Boks territory. Foden breaks through down the left but there is another line of green for him to collide into. England do get a penalty, right in front of the posts some 20 metres away.
    • 8' TRY!! Alain Rolland gets the word and signals try! This time it is converted.
    • 7' DU PLESSIS!! South Africa power their way loser and closer to the posts, and Bismarck du Plessis touches down right on the line between the posts as Joseph tries to pull him back! It's referred to the TMO...
    • 6' Strettle and Foden combine to thwart Pietersen's run down the right. England battling bravely but they're unable to wrest the ball from the Boks' muscular grasp.
    • 5' The conversion from a tight angle misses the target, so the early lead is just five points.
    • 4' TRY! What a soft try for England to give away! A scrum five yards from the England line is put in by Ben Youngs but the ball slips through the other side. Willem Alberts pounces to leap over the line for his fourth Test try!
    • 3' Bismarck du Plessis touches on to Habana, who charges down the left but can't sidestep his way through. Great early spell there, 14 phases of play in the opening attack from the home side.
    • 2' Seven phases of play as South Africa work it to the left flank. Quick hands from Brian Habana but England holding strong.
    • 1' South Africa kick off and get us underway! It's a deep kick that Tuilagi catches, but soon South Africa have the ball just inside the England half.
    • 15:59 Stirring renditions of both national anthems are belted out. Meyer has his eyes tightly shut throughout the whole of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. The man has passion. Referee Alain Rolland will get us underway shortly...
    • 15:57 England are led out on to the pitch by captain Chris Robshaw, a full two minutes before Jean de Villiers rans out to greet the crowd amid a hail of fireworks. The sold-out crowd at Ellis Park predictably go wild.
    • 15:55 England head coach Stuart Lancaster saw enough in that first Test to have cause for optimism in Jo'burg: "We need to be defensively strong and robust enough to deal with their big ball-carriers coming around the corner and off the back of the lineout. In the last five minutes of the (first) test, when we had more ball, we did cause them some trouble and we'll be trying to penetrate in wider channels."
    • 15:55 The Springboks may have been strongest in a bruising encounter in Durban, but coach Heyneke Meyer wants to see even morefrom his players as they look to clinch the series: "This team is not even five percent toward where I want them to be. You can see the squad is much more relaxed this week and the training sessions have been sharper. However, we have to lift our intensity because England will improve from the first Test."
    • 15:50 Fly-half Dan Carter kicked a drop goal with seconds remaining on the clock to see New Zealand snatch a 22-19 win over Ireland as Test rugby returned to Christchurch. Match report: All Blacks deny Ireland at the death
    • 15:50 Replacement fly-half Mike Harris kicked a penalty after the hooter as the Wallabies denied Wales a famous victory on Australian soil with a 25-23 result at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. Match report: Last-gasp Harris penalty breaks Welsh hearts
    • 15:50 Winger Tim Visser marked his debut with a pair of tries while fly-half Greig Laidlaw scored 22 points as Scotland continued their strong southern hemisphere tour with a 37-25 over Fiji in Lautoka. Match report: Scotland beat Fiji
    • 15:50 So far in today's inter-hemisphere clashes it's South 2-1 North...
    • 15:45 South Africa’s physicality eventually told as they broke down a committed England to win the first of three Tests 22-17 in Durban last Saturday. England fought hard and kept their hosts pegged back at 6-6 by the interval, but in the second half their defence could no longer hold out as Morne Steyn and new captain Jean de Villiers ran in tries. Match report
    • 15:40 After that 22-17 defeat, England head coach Stuart Lancaster has revamped his backs by recalling Toby Flood and dropping fly-half Owen Farrell. Flood's inclusion at number 10 is one of three personnel changes with centre Jonathan Joseph being handed his first start and wing David Strettle returning. Joseph comes in at outside centre with Manu Tuilagi moving inside to take over from the injured Brad Barritt. Strettle plays on the left wing with Ben Foden reverting to full-back. Farrell dropped by England
    • 15:40 Pat Lambie returns at full-back while prop Werner Kruger and wing Bjorn Basson come on to the bench in the only changes to South Africa's side for the second Test. Lambie, who came on for the second half of South Africa's 22-17 win over England in Durban, replaces the injured Zane Kirchner. Lambie back to face England
    • 15:35 Replacements - South Africa: : A Strauss, W Kruger, F van der Merwe, K Daniel, R Pienaar, B Basson, W Olivier /// England: L Mears, A Corbisiero, T Palmer, P Dowson, L Dickson, O Farrell, A Goode.
    • 15:35 South Africa: P Lambie; J P Pietersen, J de Villiers (capt), F Steyn, B Habana; M Steyn, D Hougaard; T Mtawarira, B du Plessis, J du Plessis, E Etzebeth, J Kruger, M Coetzee, W Alberts, P Spies /// England: B Foden; C Ashton, J Joseph, M Tuilagi, D Strettle; T Flood, B Youngs; J Marler, D Hartley, D Cole, M Botha, G Parling, T Johnson, C Robshaw (captain), B Morgan.
    • 15:30 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the second Test between South Africa and England at Ellis Park, Johannesburg!
  • Summary

    South Africa versus England
    Alberts 4’, du Plessis 9’, Hougaard 19’, Pietersen 73’ Tries Flood 24’, Youngs 52’, 61’
    Steyn 10’, 20’ Conversions Flood 24’, 52’, 62’
    Steyn 16’, 47’, 59’ Penalties Flood 10’, 65’
    Steyn 27’ Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • South Africa

    Manager: Heyneke Meyer

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Olivier Substitution In (45′)
    • Pienaar Substitution In (58′)
    • van der Merwe Substitution In (63′)
    • Daniel Substitution In (53′)
    • Basson
    • Strauss
    • Kruger Substitution In (60′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • England

    Manager: Stuart Lancaster

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Mears Substitution In (75′)
    • Palmer Substitution In (45′)
    • Waldrom Substitution In (47′)
    • Dickson Substitution In (75′)
    • Goode Substitution In (78′)
    • Corbisiero Substitution In (50′)
    • Farrell Substitution In (60′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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