England 27 South Africa 26 LIVE REACTION: Red Rose win EPIC Twickenham encounter thanks to late Smith penalty

England 27 South Africa 26 LIVE REACTION: Red Rose win EPIC Twickenham encounter thanks to late Smith penalty

ENGLAND have beaten world champions South Africa in a thrilling encounter at Twickenham.

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  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 27-26 SOUTH AFRICA

    80. Steward takes the re-start.

    South Africa attempt to turn over.

    The referee blows for a penalty.

    IT IS OVER.

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    PENALTY SLOTTED BY SMITH

    79. One Springboks player came off his feet. One came in at the side.

    Not sure the crowd mind how it happened. A hush draws over the Home of Rugby.

    IT'S THROUGH.

    Marcus Smith puts England ahead with a minute left.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 24-26 SOUTH AFRICA

    78. PENALTY to England.

    It's in front of the posts.

    Handbags ensue.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 24-26 SOUTH AFRICA

    78. England turnover.

    They attack from side to side in their own half.

    Jonny May brings it over the half way line.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 24-26 SOUTH AFRICA

    76. England lose possession at the lineout.

    14 v 14 here.

    Herschel Jantjies kicks into touch.

    The debutant Nic Dolly, throws in. Lost again.

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    KOLISI BINNED

    The immense South African captain, Kolisi, is yellow carded for a collision in mid air with Marchant.

    His timing was off and he took out Marchant.

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    ENGLAND 24-26 SOUTH AFRICA

    74. Etzebeth breaks the line. Looking like a galloping gazelle.

    There's a penalty however and England have possession. They kick for touch.

    Smith chips over the top and Kolisi takes out Marchant in the air.

    Yellow card incoming…?

  • Alex Cole

    STEYN KICKS OVER

    Frans Steyn slots home sweetly.

    The Springboks take the lead – 24-26.

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    ENGLAND 24-23 SOUTH AFRICA

    71. Mapimpi goes after a high ball but fails to gather.

    Maro Itoje holds on and concedes a penalty.

    England lose their discipline.

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    MAPIMPI TRY

    69. South Africa score as a result of the lineout.

    The ball comes out and is spread from right to left. Lovely from the SA backs.

    Smooth as you like. Mapimpi finishes in the corner.

    Elton Jantjies to kick. He misses. Down by one still.

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    YELLOW CARD

    66. Will Stuart in at side – that is one penalty too many and England see a yellow card.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 24-18 SOUTH AFRICA

    65. Harlequins to Sale there – great combination.

    The 20-year-old will be ecstatic.

    Swing Low bounces around Twickenham as the Springboks put in at the lineout.

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    ENGLAND TRY

    64. A bit of back and forth as both teams tiredly chase long kicks.

    England attack.

    Amazing line by Joe Marchant and breaks the line!

    He pops off to Raffi Quirke – who runs i n for his first England try.

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    SPRINGBOKS TAKE THE LEAD

    The penalty is slotted home by Jantjies and SA lead by one.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    62. The video ref looks at a Ewels tackle.

    Etzebeth falls into a Ewels forearm.

    The referee says it is a genuine attempt at a tackle with no foul play.

    No yellow card.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    62. SA attack the England 22.

    Great defence from England until Itoje rips the ball but there's an offside prior to this and another penalty is awarded to the Springboks.

    It is dead in front of the posts and they should kick for the lead.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    60. England desperately try and get some territory.

    Great pressure from the Springboks – Etzebeth blocks a box kick.

    Another penalty given away by England – oh dear.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    59. Great defence by England as Malins holds up the Springboks on the try line – he gets his body the right side of the ball and stops a clear try.

    Steyn misses a drop goal – just wide.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    58. Elton Jantjies kicks to touch.

    Etzebeth grabs out the air from the lineout.

    THE MAUL IS ON…

    Inches short!!!

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    57. Massive maul from South Africa.

    Their forwards are beginning to dominate.

    The referee calls advantage. South Africa NEARLY find their way through the England defence on the left touchline with Mapimpi and Reinache.

    There's a knock on so play is bought back.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    55. Sensational scrummaging from South Africa.

    Vincent Koch forces a penalty. SA kick out to touch.

    Three penalties in a row from the three second half scrums here for the Springboks.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    54. Marler hit by Etzebeth. There's an earthquake somewhere in the world.

    A break in proceedings here.

    Sinckler off for Will Stewart.

    "The bomb disposal unit" on the pitch for England now.

  • Alex Cole

    POLLARD KICKS PENALTY

    It's through the posts.

    Pollard is back on form but is replaced straight away by Jantjies.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-12 SOUTH AFRICA

    52. Kolisi breaks the England gain line.

    Pollard kicks into the corner. Jonny May collects and England kick back.

    Sam Underhill gives away a penalty.

  • Alex Cole

    ENGLAND 17-12 SOUTH AFRICA

    51. Good work at the maul there for the Springboks.

    SA nearly on the England 22.

    A kick is hoisted up into the London air and Freddy Steward deals with it fantastically.

    Textbook take by the full-back.

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