England began their Autumn International campaign with an emphatic performance, beating South Africa 37-21 at Twickenham – as Eddie Jones recorded his tenth consecutive victory as England Head Coach.
If you looked at the size of the Springbok forwards – two of them at 19st 2lb, another at 18st 7lb you might have thought that the England front eight would be steamrollered. Never happened.
As it turned out South Africa’s forwards were just about on a par with their England counterparts but their three quarters were clueless.
England recover from sloppy start to build commanding lead at Twickenham
Ultimately it was a bit like watching England’s 3-0 footie win over Scotland in the World Cup qualifier where England took their chances but weren’t brilliant. They started off scrappy in the extreme, giving away penalties, making plenty of errors, too much ping pong kicking.
It allowed South Africa to get 0-6 ahead before Gloucester’s Jonny May scored a lovely try wide out to settle nerves. It was a fantastic flowing move, with superb handling and great line of running all finished by the predatory May who made it a perfect return to the side.
The nerveless boot of Owen Farrell converted the touchline conversion and England led 7-6.
Then England went further ahead after May chased down a kick, it spilled to Mike Brown who overran the ball and, taking advantage of dreadful South African defence, Courtney Lawes got the scruffy touch down on his 50th appearance for England. Took ages for the TMO to give it, but justice was done.
A proud day for me and my family 💪🏻 Massive thank you to everyone that’s supported me throughout my career 👊🏻 #50 pic.twitter.com/5oOQFlS1Ji
— Courtney Lawes (@Courtney_Lawes) November 12, 2016
Half time 20-9.
Ben Youngs lights up second half at Twickenham as England pull clear of weary South Africa
What followed in the second period was two outrageous Ben Youngs dummies which seemed straight out of Eddie Jones’ “rope a dope” handbook.
The first was a sublime piece of skill, which left Pieter-Steph du Toit flat-footed and George Ford was on hand to take the pass and race in under the posts.
To their credit the Boks replied with a well-worked score from Johan Goosen – but England immediately hit back.
Once Youngs spotted a weary Pieter-Steph du Toit on the fringe of the ruck, a lovely show and go sent him clear and this time it was the turn of Farrell to take the pass and finish off another lovely score.
There was a final score for the visitors, which will not sit well with Eddie Jones but it was job done. After the game Jones said: “It was far from perfect but satisfactory. We have two weeks preparation and basically are a new team – we have 10 of the 30 guys who went to Australia not here.
“We have had to work hard to bring the team together – the players have been outstanding in their attitude and application.”
FULL TIME 🌹🌹🌹
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) November 12, 2016
So England march on but there are for sure harder games coming down the line.
Eventmasters guests enjoy VIP corporate hospitality at the Twickenham Stoop
England’s victory over South Africa marked the beginning of a new-era for Eventmasters as we hosted our first ever game at the Twickenham Stoop – the home of Harlequins. The fantastic facility is just minutes away from ‘The Home of Rugby’ and provided guests with excellent pre & post-match hospitality.
After a successful beginning to the Autumn Internationals we are already looking forward to England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December.
Twickenham Autumn International Hospitality Packages Still Available
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