Re­bel­lion’ in 2007

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rare line-break, the tele­vi­sion match of­fi­cial ruled that Cueto’s boot had grazed the touch­line. To this day, Cueto in­sists the try should have stood, but while the in­ci­dent has been re­played more times than the Zapruder film, Corry ar­gues a lot else has been for­got­ten in the build-up. “First of all, it is a series of cock-ups from Andy Go­marsall’s box kick that bounces, but Tait scoops up. When he is tack­led, Schalk Burger dives in from the side to slow the ball down, for which he should have been binned. Had we gone right we would have walked in. We end up get­ting a penalty, but the fact Burger stayed on was a big is­sue.”

Jonny Wilkin­son’s penalty drew Eng­land back to 9-6 but

Montgomery kicked a third penalty be­fore Frans Steyn added a dropped goal to see the Spring­boks home.

“Af­ter Cueto’s try was dis­al­lowed, we tried to play catch-up rugby too soon,” Ash­ton said. “There was still a long time to go, but we tried to force the game and made some er­rors. It was a game we could have won, but when I look back I am not sure all the play­ers truly be­lieved that.”

On the charge: Eng­land’s Mathew Tait in the 2007 World Cup fi­nal; (left) South Africa’s Bryan Ha­bana and his coach Jake White with the tro­phy

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