MATCH FO­CUS

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

Good day: Mark Wil­son

■ Or­di­nar­ily a blind­side flanker, the New­cas­tle Fal­cons for­ward was a sur­prise pick at No8 but, in only his fifth Test and first on home soil, he proved a rev­e­la­tion, earn­ing man-of-the-match for the vic­tors.

Bad day: Jonny May

■ Made a raft of un­cus­tom­ary er­rors, es­pe­cially in the first half. Has plenty in the bank with Ed­die Jones but with Chris Ash­ton back in the ranks will want to make sure he quickly re­turns to his best against the All Blacks.

Key mo­ment: 71st minute

■ That South Africa scrum on their own five-me­tre line when Eng­land - un­der real pres­sure in that set-piece dur­ing the first half - turn the screw and force a penalty that Owen Far­rell con­verts to give his side the lead.

Ref watch: An­gus Gard­ner

■ Con­trolled mat­ters well gen­er­ally but all eyes were on him when South Africa re­ally should have had a penalty for Owen Far­rell’s hit on An­dre Ester­huizen.

Ver­dict

■ Eng­land fought tooth and nail for this vic­tory and de­served the spoils but the Springboks will be won­der­ing just how they did not make more of all that first-half dom­i­na­tion and, cru­cially, get that penalty at the death.

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