Man mark­ing Eng­land


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

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.

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