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Sun Apr 20 18:31:01 SAST 2014

England avoid whitewash with draw against Boks

Jason Humphries, Reuters | 24 June, 2012 08:454 Comments
3rd Castle Lager Incoming Tour: South Africa v England
Ryan Kankowski and Juandre Kruger of the Springboks tackle Thomas Waldrom of England during the third test between South Africa and England at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 23, 2012 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

England avoided a series whitewash when they battled to a 14-14 draw with South Africa in the third and final test on Saturday.

The visitors ended a nine-match losing streak against the Springboks as they secured only the second draw between the two teams.

Scrumhalf Danny Care notched the only try for England while flyhalf Toby Flood kicked one penalty and his replacement Owen Farrell booted two more.

The hosts responded with a try from wing JP Pietersen and three penalties from Morne Steyn but the flyhalf did not enjoy his best day with the boot as he missed two penalties and one conversion attempt.

“England have learnt from every single game and they have been very competitive,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer told reporters.

“The first two tests could have gone either way. They are a quality side and they will build on this.

“It will be tough when we go to England in November. They have a lot of guts and a lot of character and they showed that tonight,” added Meyer.

South Africa though had only themselves to blame for failing to win on Saturday, committing a plethora of handling errors and producing some aimless tactical kicking against an England team who defended well.

Flood and Steyn traded early penalties but England’s ball retention was superior in the first quarter.

Care, recalled after Ben Youngs injured his shoulder in the second test, caught South Africa off-guard with a quick tap penalty which led to the scrumhalf diving over for a try despite the attentions of two defenders.

Flood missed the conversion as England went 8-3 up after 11 minutes. 

  TWO PENALTIES

Care’s try seemed to invigorate the Springboks and Steyn reduced the deficit with a long-range penalty before another penalty in the 28th minute helped the hosts take the lead for the first time.

South Africa’s much-vaunted big ball carriers then started to dominate although both sides were hampered by the intermittent drizzle which began falling soon after kickoff.

England struck the first blow of the second half when Farrell booted a close-range penalty while South Africa reverted to their bad habits with a series of handling mistakes.

The home team’s cause was helped when England captain Dylan Hartley was yellow-carded in the 51st minute for intentionally slowing the ball down at a ruck.

Pietersen then took a 62nd-minute pass from replacement scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar and touched down in the corner for an unconverted try.

Farrell, though, saved the day for England by kicking his second penalty to make it 14-14.

“I’ve got mixed feelings in terms of the result,” said England coach Stuart Lancaster. “We are desperately disappointed not to have got the win.

“But on reflection there are a lot of positives we can take from the tour. We’ve gathered a lot of experience.”

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The most disappointing player throughout the series has been Morne Steyn.
His play is completely uninspiring, constantly kicking away good possession and if he was put in the team for his goal kicking, he utterly failed.
Ther are two Huge disappointments in my life. The first is Jacob Zuma who does not deserve the respect of the people. The second is even bigger and that is Meyers the coach, the team he has put together, the "Dom Krag" (Blue Bull style0 rugby and last but not least his behaviour when the cameras are on him during the match. This is what I feel and Rugby Lovers shoul speak up now.
Stan Almendro
Rugby Rugby Rugby One can only declare "Wat n Gemors". Meyer is a total disappointment firstly with the behaviour he displays when the cameras are on him. It is obvious that he can be a dictator which fits in with the Pretoria culture where the males (Not men because a man is a status which is deserved and not just a t...itle) feel God is on leave and put them in charge. He needs to be guided as to how to behave at least while on camera. A personality does not change easily so put a rope around him and contain him for those ninety minutes. Secondly his insistance to keep Hougaard and Morne the kicker. They and the type of rugby he is coaching them into lost us (Not just the game) but the respect of the country. Lastly the Blue Bull (Or worse still the Pretoria dogmatics) "DOMKRAG" rugby without a PLAN B is going to be our lot for the full period of his undeserved contract. Oh how we long for Louis Luyt and his FAX MACHINE.

Jun 24, 2012
Regionalism is much like Factionalism; your ranting certainly reflects your disappointment at, not-so-much Springbok Rugby, but rather a frustration against the Blou Bulle...possibly the team that gives your Provincial Team a klap every time that they meet?
Zindela Assumption is making an Ass out of you and me.
You assume what you have wriiten. I wrote the facts about the game, His Game plan, His behaviour. The spectators BOOOOOOED the kicker every time he got the ball.Meyer is not the man and just get to a place where you see that his style of RUGBY left the WORLD arena years ago. The privilege of responding was also an invite to those who have the quality to stand up against the PRETORIA mentality. These guys lost the POLITICAL THRONE and now boast of their RUGBY DOME. The only place they can practice dominance and MEYER is the brain child. We now take him and put him in charge of what should be an elete team with a balanced selection. What does he do he takes the DOMKRAG mentality and transfers this into our NATIONAL team. We are going to pay the price and believe me we WILL be disgraced.
That is the issue at stake and not some ideology learnt from a book. My involvement of forty years in the game and writing about the game and the people in charge comes from years of experience and MOST of the arrogance if not all originates in Pretoria. Why dont you while there is yet time take an honest look at your loyalty and start supporting quality players of the likes of Luke Watson and people of his playing caliber.