Man marking England
OVERALL MARK 100/150
Elliot Daly Full-back
Uncomfortable under a barrage of early high balls and might have released May after a second-half break. His left foot did add a vital three points.
Alec Hepburn Prop
Added energy in the loose, but England’s scrum creaked as the first half wore on and he was replaced at the break by Exeter colleague Moon.
Jack Nowell Wing
Busy as ever, harrying after kicks and scrambling whenever the Boks pushed the ball wider. Hunted attacking involvement.
Dylan Hartley Hooker
Led a decent line-out operation and managed referee Angus Gardner well around the breakdown. Failed with a couple of first-half tackles.
Henry Slade Centre
Almost released May with early grubber and pressed actively in defence. Showed glimpses of class in space, with one dink and another offload.
Kyle Sinckler Prop
Very good after creeping offside early on. Made opportunistic pick-and-go with England on the rack, before a big tackle on danger man Etzebeth.
Ben Te’o Centre
Looked rusty initially until muscling a turnover out of Etzebeth. Upended Kolisi later, too. Provided a vital carrying outlet.
Maro Itoje Lock
Sent to the sin-bin after conceding a third penalty in 15 minutes. Bounced back later on, influencing on both sides of the ball.
Jonny May Wing
Fluffed a grubber with Nkosi chasing him and then carried Willemse’s chip into touch. Recovered by winning a crucial high ball.
George Kruis Lock
Lost ground in a few collisions but spoilt a handful of South Africa’s line-out throws, tidied up one important loose ball and carried willingly.
Owen Farrell Fly-half
Vocal in defence and conducted phase play neatly, making one second-half break. Excellent from the tee and finished with two vital tackles.
Brad Shields Flanker
Forced De Allende into a mistake as England struggled at the end of the first quarter and gave home attack width, even if some tackles were passive.
Ben Youngs Scrum-half
Lively around the fringes of the match and kicked well on the whole, even if a few strikes sailed too deep and invited South Africa to counter-attack.
Tom Curry Flanker
Tackle on Marx won a turnover and he always carried hard. Defensively, he did give up ground in contact. Limped off after half-time.
Ben Moon solidified the scrum, Zach Mercer punched above his weight and Chris Ashton brought an added dimension in attack. The try-saving tackle by Danny Care on De Allende was the highlight. Not used Jamie George, Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, George Ford.
Mark Wilson No 8
Pinged for a counter-drive but redeemed himself with a tenacious steal in midfield and was mobile, tough and industrious throughout.