Arendse twirling, van Poortvliet overwhelming

A winger with fiery legs and a devastating scrum but also a desperate scrum-half and an avoidable red card… Find the Tops and Flops of the last match of the autumn tour between England and South Africa ( 13-27).


Arendse makes England’s defense dizzy

The strong man of this autumn tour in the Springbok ranks! For his seventh selection, the twirling winger Kurt-Lee Arendse made misery for the English defense by registering in particular his seventh try, at the conclusion of a marvel of collective action. On a ball recovered in their 22 meters, the South Africans restarted with Damian Willemse who, after getting the better of Freddie Steward, accelerated to the halfway line before finding Willie Le Roux inside. The back of the Springboks accelerates and ultimately serves his winger who mystifies Marcus Smith before flattening in a corner. Being able to boast of being the player with the most meters gained with the ball in hand, he was logically elected man of the match.

Willemse ubiquitous in the South African game

He also gained valuable points during this autumn tour. At the origin of the first try of his people, Damian Willemse made his science speak to take back the English defense several times. In an armchair, he sublimated his score by slamming two drops (31e42e). The perfect replacement for Handré Pollard, package during this tour.

The South African melee makes misery at the XV of the Rose

The report is relentless at the end of this last shock at the top of the autumn tour. Against England, the front eight of the South Africans enforced their law in closed scrum (5 penalties) and on ball carried, as evidenced by the strength test of Eben Etzebeth (50e). Exasperated by this domination, Eddie Jones also brought out Jamie George and Mako Vunipola in favor of Luke Cowan-Dickie and Will Stuart from the break. But the trend was never reversed after returning from the locker room, despite Thomas Du Toit’s red card (61esee below).


A (new) game to forget for van Poortvliet

Catastrophic against New Zealand, Jack van Poortvliet was hardly reassuring against the Springboks. Too slow in his transmissions and unable to breathe rhythm into the English game, he also committed two forwards in his camp. Replaced by Ben Youngs (67e), much more enterprising and at the origin of the only English test registered by Henry Slade (72e).

Jonny Hill’s damaging over-commitment

Penalized three times this afternoon, the imposing English second-line missed his subject against South Africa. In barley, we note the penalty returned by Mr. Gardner after Jonny Hill pulled the shirt for no reason from Faf de Klerk (48e). A gesture of humor at the origin of the second test of the Springboks registered by Eben Etzebeth (50e), after the ensuing penalty.

Thomas Du Toit, a red without consequences

In search of playing time, the substitute pillar will have spent only two minutes on the lawn of Twickenham. Entered the game at the 59e minute, Thomas du Toit was logically sent off after a clearing at the head of Luke Cowan-Dickie. Outnumbered for 19 minutes, his teammates only conceded seven small points to ensure their brilliant success (13-27).


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