Nov 03, 2018
International round-up: Farrell kicks England to victory
Owen Farrell kicked nine points as England opened their autumn international campaign with a narrow victory over South Africa.
In an extraordinary, topsy-turvy affair at Twickenham, the fly-half’s boot kept the hosts in the contest at half-time after Sbu Nkosi’s try and a Handre Pollard penalty gave the visitors an 8-6 lead.
Maro Itoje had made an excellent try-saving tackle early in the first period before being sent to the bin in the following ruck, and his second row partner George Kruis put in an enormous display on his return to the international fold.
Wasps’ Elliot Daly and Pollard traded kicks from the tee before Jamie George’s introduction helped England secure victory.
The hooker led a dominant scrum in which Eddie Jones’ side won a penalty and Farrell stroked home his third dead-eyed kick to make it 12-11.
There was late drama as a huge hit from Farrell on Andre Esterhuizen divided opinion amongst pundits and fans alike, but referee Angus Gardner ruled the tackle legal after consulting his TMO.