Eng­land grab con­so­la­tion win over Boks

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Cap­tain Owen Far­rell’s six penal­ties and another Jonny May try earned Eng­land a much-needed con­so­la­tion vic­tory from its tour of South Africa as the vis­i­tors won 25-10 at Newlands yes­ter­day.

While Eng­land’s per­for­mance was any­thing but pol­ished, they made the most of South Africa’s ill-dis­ci­pline as they con­ceded 14 penal­ties to six and made 13 han­dling er­rors.

Far­rell pun­ished them 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, first-five 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.

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 their own half due to poor han­dling and trou­ble in the li­ne­out.

They still 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 their 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 de­fense for Jesse Kriel to score and put South Africa 10-9 ahead.

Their 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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.