Updated: 23/06/2012 18:45 | By pa.press.net

Gutsy England scrap for draw



Danny Care marked his return to international rugby with a try

Danny Care marked his return to international rugby with a try

England ended their tour of South Africa on a positive note as they fought back to claim a 14-14 draw in the third Test.

Danny Care gave them an early lead by marking his international return with a try at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium but JP Pietersen looked to have given the Springboks a decisive edge just after the hour.

England did not wilt and Owen Farrell's second penalty of a disjointed and scrappy contest secured a draw. Farrell even had a late chance to win the game but sliced a drop-goal attempt horribly wide.

But after defeats in Durban and Johannesburg - and nine in succession in total to the Springboks - England will have been happy to settle for only the second draw in history between the two sides.

The game never really got flowing as rain swirled around the impressive arena on Port Elizabeth's seafront, venue for England's win over Slovenia in the 2010 football World Cup.

England went ahead with a Toby Flood penalty in the second minute but the fly-half needed treatment after a heavy collision moments later and struggled to continue.

After Morne Steyn levelled the scores England claimed the first try after a clearance kick from the Springbok fly-half was charged down by Tom Palmer. The ball was recycled quickly and Care crashed over.

Flood was unable to convert and, still not right, was replaced by Farrell soon after. Steyne landed two out of three penalty attempts to give his side a 9-8 advantage at half time, but Farrell gave England a two-point lead shortly after the break, slotting home a penalty of his own in the 45th minute.

England were stretched when Ruan Pienaar spun out a fine pass for Pietersen, scorer of the decisive try in the second Test, and the winger went around the outside and touched down. But with Steyn missing the conversion, England were not out of touch and mounted a spirited response with Manu Tuilagi forcing his way forward.

They had to settle for a penalty but Farrell kept his composure and drilled between the posts to level the score. Steyn failed with a drop goal attempt as time ticked away. England looked to line up their own opportunity as they held on to possession after the final hooter but Farrell sliced his effort too low.

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23/06/2012 22:41
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All the home sides proved that they are no longer the pushovers that they used to be. Even the southern hemisphere sides have lost over here. Why is it such a disaster that Wales and England have lost by so small a margine?
23/06/2012 19:50
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well done england good result ,i thought you played great well done ...
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I never did think we would win this series first time round but not winning this series is not a disaster It was about the the learning experience . In two years time after two more six nations and two autumn tests if we show no signs of maturing as  a team then we should be worried not now . I still believe Stuart Lancaster is the right man to take us forward the majority of us wanted him we have got to trust him .
23/06/2012 21:54
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There are only three proper comments here, and none of them are slagging Wales. I actually think they're a better side than England at the moment, but to prove that, they need to win on the world stage.
Again, personal view, I think Wales played better last week than this even though only a point separated them today.

England on the other hand were reasonable in the first match, poor last week, and much improved this week. We may even get to win one day, if the effin backs stop kicking possession away!!!!!!
24/06/2012 08:57
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England are starting to put in the performance,s the win,s will come as soon as Farrell doesnt mindlessly kick away possession, Well done England
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No England didnt win, but they never got whitewashed either.Unfortunately Wales did lose, hence they got whitewashed.
 Really dont know what your point is?
24/06/2012 10:44
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  i watched yesterdays match and england played really well,it was a good earned draw and should have even won it,,,

  so good to see how they,ve moved forward since lancaster has taken over ,

  next years six nations is going to be so explosive and can not wait ,

  its seems to be looking up at the moment ............come on england ,,!!

  

24/06/2012 10:56
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@billy dingwall

    it sounds like jelousy me ..............get a life.

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Rob the brickie

No one on here is slagging Wales off. Just you seem to have a chip on your shoulder.The only person doing any slagging off is you.So i get the impression that you don`t really care about Wales, just you are happy if England get a negative label. 
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not right, was replaced by Farrell soon after. Steyne landed two out of three penalty attempts to give his side a 9-8 advantage at half time, but Farrell gave England a two-point lead shortly after the break, slotting home a penalty of his own in the 45th minute.England were stretched when Ruan Pienaar spun out a fine pass for Pietersen, scorer of the decisive try in the second Test, and the winger went around the outside and touched down. But with Steyn missing the conversion, England were not out of touch and mounted a spirited res



23/06/2012 21:05
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everybody slag's wales off by saying whitewash but did england win?????? 

23/06/2012 22:46
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Why must everything  be england or english in their blaggard way ,and why should the rest of us suffer  this forcefull intrusion?
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