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Kick-off local time : Sat, 24 November 2012 - 14h30
Kick-off : Sat, 24 November 2012 - 16h30
Venue : London
Referee : Nigel Owens (Wales)
Match status : Result
  England South Africa
Penalties Patrick Lambie (8min), Patrick Lambie (14min), and Patrick Lambie (25min)
Conversions Patrick Lambie (43min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


Lambie;s restart is fumbled into touch by England, the Boks maul it from the scrum and run the clock down until Hougaard is able to belt it into touch. Will England rue that decision to kick at goal so late? South Africa don't care as they celebrate an unbeaten tour.


It is a big scrum from England but Pienaar gets it away into touch. The England forwards come again from the line-out and the Boks are on the back foot again. It has been 9 phases now as they approach the 22 and it is spun out to Ashton who loses it forward but there were no arms in the tackle so Farrell will kick at goal again, strange decision with just minutes remaining. Farrell slots the PENALTY but England still trail 16-15.


England set the maul on the 22 and roll forward. Ashton takes it up and loses it in the tackle so the Boks will have a scrum on their 22. Can they hang on here?


Lambie's restart goes out on the full and England seem to have all of the late momentum. Another penalty against the Boks as Van der Merwe goes down and Farrell sets up another line-out.


The Boks go early this time and Robshaw takes it quickly. Louw goes off his feet at the ruck and England opt to go for goal as the entire Bok team gets a warning from the referee. Farrell knockjs the easy PENALTY over to make it 16-12.


Pienaar kicks long but it is directly into touch which gives England a great attacking platform from the line-out. They set a maul and the Boks are back on desperate defence. The ball is dropped cold by Vunipola so the Boks have another scrum, can they hold on?


Etzebeth contests but loses it forward so England have a scrum. Care is hit hard by Pietersen but England still have it and they rumble on. They go wide and Tuilagi crashes over the 22 but the ball is lost forward so the Boks will have a scrum, great defence there.


Lambie chips over the top but Goode reads it well and Farrell gets it away. Hougaard has a dart up the left and Lambie kicks high again. The chase is good but england get it away through Youngs. Kirchner claims it and the Bok forwards have a go. Lambie puts another chip over and Pietersen wins it. He gets the ball to Pienaar but it is scrappy and they are forced to play it on the ground so England can set up another line-out.


Youngs kicks high and Vermeulen is there. Pienaar puts it over the top but Goode does well to field it. Lambie takes the high kick this time and it goes out to Kirchner who kicks high. Pietersen chases well but England secure it and look to run out of their half. It goes out to Aston who loses it forward in contact so the boks will have a scrum on halfway.


The England forward drive it up the middle with some powerful running. The Boks have driven them back but hands in the ruck from Vermeulen gives Farrell the chance to kick at goal. The PENALTY is over to make it 16-9.


The throw from Youngs is skew again so that is a let-off for the Boks. Pienaar goes on the blindside to Hougaard before kciking high and Launchbury does well to claim it. England send it wide and Brown is in some space. The Boks go offside so Farrell sets up another attacking line-out.


It goes to the back this time with Vermeulen and Strauss takes it up but holds on too long so England have another opportunity from the line-out near the Bok 22.


England set a maul and edge forward before Youngs hoists. Hougaard is there and kicks long to Goode who finds touch near halfway. Etzebeth wins another line-out and England come in from the side so Lambie kicks it into touch short of the 22.


The ball goes over the back and Pienaar is there, he finds Lambie who is brought down in the 22. The ball goes wide and Tuilagi intercepts. He races upfield and finds Ashton as the Boks get back on defence. England have it on the 22 now and send it out to Brown with Morgan providing good support. Launchbury loses it forward in contact and Pietersen kicks long again, finding touch near the 22.


Corbesiero drops his bind this time so Lambie sets up another attacking line-out on the 22. The Boks take too long on the call so England have a free kick. Pietersen returns the kick and finds a good touch just short of the 22 to keep England in their half.


Youngs hoists it and England win it back before sending it wide to Tuilagi. He is ankle-tapped by De Villiers but the England forwards have it on the front foot now. Etzebeth makes a telling tackle and Youngs loses it forward at the base so the Boks have a scrum deep inside their own territory.


In some after the ball stuff Etzebeth has put his hand in Youngs' face so England have the penalty. Farrell puts a chip over the top but Pietersen gets back to secure it and Lambie finds a good touch in England's half.


Lambie looks for the corner and Goode is under pressure so he has to hack it straight into touch and the Boks have another line-out in the 22. Etzebeth takes it at the front and they maul it but England force them into touch - good defence from the hosts.


England go to Tuilagi in midfield and he is wrapped up quickly. The forwards take over but Cole loses it forward in the tackle so the Boks have a scrum near halfway.


It goes to Etzebeth and they maul it forward. Steenkamp has a crack at the line and he is just short. Kruger loses control and Youngs kicks it into Pietersen, the ball rebounds off Launchbury and Alberts is there to crash over for a bizarre TRY. It was a little confusing but the boks will take it after the TMO gives confirmation. Lambie nails the CONVERSION to put the Boks 16-6 ahead.


Lambie kicks the second half off and it is lost forward by Parling so the Boks have an early scrum with Pat Cilliers on for Du Plessis. It goes to De Villiers who takes it up to the 22. Lambie puts a grubber through and Kirchner gets there first. England go offside and the Boks opt for the line-out in the corner.


Du Plessis drops his bind again and that brings an end to the half. The boks take a slener lead into the break but it is all to play for in the second half. Join us in ten minutes for all the action.


Youngs hoists it and Pietersen is there. The Boks shift it out to De Jongh who gets the pass away. Pienaar kicks high and the Boks win it back but it does not come out of the ruck quickly enough so England have a scrum in their own half.


They go to Pietersen before Lambie spots a gap in midfield. The forwarda are there and it is shifted out to De Villiers as they approach the 22. Louw loses it forward in contact and England hack it ahead on the counter but Kirchner is there and he finds a good touch.


Vermeulen crashes it up this time and the tight forwards pile in. Lambie attacks the line but holds on too long so England will set up the line-out instead. Alberts steals it this time and England play it on the ground so the boks have a grewat attacking opportunity ahead of half-time.


Launchbury crashes it up and it is quick ball for Youngs as England continue to pile on the pressure. Vermeulen makes a crucial turnover and Lambie sets up the line-out, can the Boks make this possession count?


Ashton breaks out and gets good support from Youngs. Goode breaks free and is brought down in the 22 by De Villiers. It comes for Flood who tries the grubber but it goes touch-in-goal so it will be a drop-out.


Etzebeth takes the line-out at the front before it goes to Pietersen who runs into traffic. Pienaar kicks high and the Boks win it back. Lambie kicks long this time and Brown puts in a chip of his own in response but Pietersen is there. The teams exchange yet more kicks until Pienaar takes it up to halfway.


England continue to take it through the phases, showing good patience, and now Flood spins it wide. They go to the blindside and there is no space so Flood stabs a grubber into touch in the Boks' 22.


Flood goes to Ashton in midfield and the forwards arrive in support. Flood has a cross-kick but Hougaard makes the mark and belts it into touch.


The throw from Youngs is skew so the Boks will have another opportunity to attack from the line-out. It goes to Steenkamp at the front and England force him into touch so the advantage is lost immediately.


Louw takes it up in midfield before it is recycled and Lambie floats one out to Pietersen who is shut down quickly. It is slow ball but the Boks are approaching the 22 as Lambie takes it up. England enter the ruck from the side so Lambie will take aim at the poles from right in front. The PENALTY is over and the Boks lead 9-6.


Youngs hoists and Pietersen grubbers ahead but England have it covered and the ball is belted into touch so the Boks will have a line-out in opposition territory.


England drive it up the middle of the park with their forwards making good ground but the Bok defence is up quickly and drives them back eventually. Vermeulen forces them to hold on too long so the Boks have a penalty but then miss touch so that is an opportunity lost.


the Boks are blown up for walking around at the scrum but Flood misses another kick at goal.


Youngs looks for territory and Kirchner takes his eye off it and knocks on in the 22 so England will have a great attacking position from the scrum.


Morgan takes the restart but he is held up in the tackle by the Bok locks so South Africa have an attacking scrum on the 22. Robshaw breaks early from the scrum so Lambie will have a chance to hit back. He slots the kick to level things up again at 6-6.


Du Plessis drops his bind so Flood will have another shot at goal. The PENALTY is over and England lead 6-3.


Morgan carries it up for England before Farrell hoists. Kirchner claims it well in the air and Pienaar boots it deep. England regain it on halfway and another kick goes high. Kirchner is there and the kick is returned but Pietersen loses it forward so England will have the first scrum.


Flood is off for a concussion test so Farrell comes on and finds touch to set up the line-out. Etzebeth steals the line-out and the Boks go to Lambie who wraps around and sends it wide. Pienaar is interfered with at the base so Lambie will have a shot at goal. The PENALTY is over and it is level at 3-3.


Lambie goes deep but Brown is solid underneath it. Flood steps Pienaar but then loses the ball forward and the Boks launch an attack down the right. They are deep in the 22 but Vermeulen holds on too long and England can clear.


Brown finds some space on the counter attack and England are on the front foot in the 22 as their forward drive it on. Ashton is just short and the Boks were offside in front of the poles so Flood kicks the easy PENALTY to give England a deserved 3-0 lead.


England claim the restart and their forwards take it up with a powerful maul. They work the shortside but the Boks are up quickly in defence so Youngs kicks over the top. Kirchner secures it and Pienaar clears from the base.


Flood gets the game underway and Vermeulen takes it up. Pienaar is charged down and England pounce on it with the Boks going off their feet. Robshaw points at the poles but Flood pulls it wide.


The teams are out on the pitch now so it is just the anthems before we get stuck into the Springboks' last game of the year.


The Springboks have the edge on England in terms of experience, fielding a side with 431 Test caps compared to the home team’s 233. England once again select a side with the youngest average age (25) of any of the Home Nations, and two years the junior of the Boks. South Africa also have an advantage in terms of pack size, the Springbok eight weigh in at an average of 116kg per man, compared to the home side’s 113kg.


In team news, England have made six changes to the side that lost 20-14 to the Wallabies last weekend, Joe Launchbury handed his first Test start and Mike Brown - a tall, specialist fullback, selected on the wing to field the expected barrage of high bombs. The Boks have named an unchanged starting XV with just two changes on the bench, Pat Cilliers and Elton Jantjies replacing CJ van der Linde and Morne Steyn.


Considering the Springboks have endured their longest ever season - Jannie du Plessis for instance playing his 34th successive game - today's encounter at the home of English rugby will be the greatest opportunity in recent years for England to get one over the Boks.


It'll be the fourth meeting between the old enemies this year, the Springboks winning the home series 2-0 in June with the third Test ending in a 14-all draw. The English are drawing motivation from the Port Elizabeth stalemate and will be determined to end a 10-match winless streak against the Boks.


Welcome to our build-up to the Springboks' final Test of the year against England at Twickenham. It's typically wet European conditions so despite Pat Lambie being encouraged by Heyneke Meyer to play an attacking game, the chances of that materialising are slim.
15 Mathew Tait
14 Christian Wade
13 Elliot Daly
12 Henry Slade
11 Marland Yarde
10 Danny Cipriani
9 Lee Dickson
8 Josh Beaumont
7 Jack Clifford
6 Mark Wilson
5 Joe Launchbury
4 Ed Slater
3 Kieran Brookes
2 Luke Cowan-Dixie
1 Matt Mullan

23 Alex Lewington
22 Shane Geragthy
21 Will Chudley
20 Jonathan Fisher
19 James Gaskell
18 Gareth Denman
17 Alex Waller
16 Tommy Taylor
South Africa
15 Willie le Roux
14 Cornal Hendricks
13 Jesse Kriel
12 Damian de Allende
11 Bryan Habana
10 Handre Pollard
9 Ruan Pienaar
8 Schalk Burger
7 Francois Louw
6 Heinrich Brussow
5 Lodewyk de Jager
4 Eben Etzebeth
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Tendai Mtawarira

23 Lionel Mapoe
22 Patrick Lambie
21 Cobus Reinach
20 Warren Whiteley
19 Flip van der Merwe
18 Vincent Koch
17 Trevor Nyakane
16 Adriaan Strauss