Man mark­ing South Africa


The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - By Char­lie Mor­gan at Twick­en­ham

Damian Willemse Full-back

Turned May with one well­weighted chip in the first half and danced his way out of trou­ble won­der­fully in the sec­ond.

Steven Kit­shoff Prop

Did not carry the ball as dom­i­nantly as he has done this year and was lucky not to be pe­nalised af­ter sink­ing to floor at one first-half scrum.

S’bu Nkosi Winger

Soared to take a cross-field bomb prior to Itoje’s yel­low and was in place to fin­ish try. He was sac­ri­ficed af­ter Eng­land made ground down his flank.

Mal­colm Marx Hooker

Not quite at his me­nac­ing best in the loose or at the break­down and over­threw two line-outs in prime pushover ter­ri­tory. He will have bet­ter days.

Jesse Kriel Cen­tre

South Africa missed the de­fen­sive spark of Faf de Klerk and Kriel’s chan­nel was flooded with run­ners in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Frans Mal­herbe Prop

One of Rassie Eras­mus’s un­her­alded men grew into the con­test and trou­bled Hep­burn. Did not make the same head­way with Moon.

Damian de Al­lende

Cen­tre Prob­a­bly South Africa’s most po­tent car­rier but also one of their most prof­li­gate in pos­ses­sion. He shipped a cru­cial penalty.

Eben Etze­beth Lock

Man-han­dled by Sinck­ler and smashed by Te’o, although should take credit for South Africa’s brawny set-piece. Hurt af­ter win­ning a turnover.

Aphiwe Dyan­tyi Winger

Beat Daly to two tow­er­ing kicks and, de­spite spilling one high ball that brought Eng­land’s first points, the wing was con­stantly dan­ger­ous.

Pi­eter-Steph du Toit Lock

A will­ing car­rier and at the heart of South Africa’s driv­ing line-out, also steal­ing an Eng­land throw. Did give away a penalty.

Han­dre Pol­lard Fly-half

Made in­tel­li­gent de­ci­sions dur­ing first half, giv­ing Eng­land a tor­rid open­ing with his boot and with ball in hand. How­ever, a late miss from tee will haunt him.

Siya Kolisi Flanker

He fum­bled in the mid­dle of a maul that looked omi­nous for Eng­land and found him­self clat­tered by Te’o. Made way for De Jager.

Ivan van Zyl Scrum-half

Com­posed be­hind his pack and cleared up a sec­ond-half chip from Slade. Sent a box-kick out on the full as Eng­land worked their way back.

Duane Ver­meulen Flanker

Four wins in a row over Eng­land have been fol­lowed by two straight losses. He looked frus­trated as he tried to in­flu­ence pro­ceed­ings.

Re­place­ments An­dre Ester­huizen was bounced away by a Far­rell tackle and Lood de Jager was stripped within me­tres of the Eng­land line. Thomas du Toit gave away the telling scrum penalty. Not used Bongi Mbonambi, Wilco Louw, RG Sny­man, Em­brose Papier, El­ton Jan­tjies.

War­ren White­ley No 8

A lovely trans­fer for Nkosi’s try demon­strated what he of­fers – a rangy ballplayer around blud­geon­ing team-mates.

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