Contentious Farrell tackle helps England grind out win over Boks

South Africa's wing S'busiso Nkosi evades a tackle from England's centre Henry Slade as dives over the line to score their first try during the international rugby union test match between England and South Africa at Twickenham stadium in south-west L

South Africa's wing S'busiso Nkosi evades a tackle from England's centre Henry Slade as dives over the line to score their first try during the international rugby union test match between England and South Africa at Twickenham stadium in south-west L

"Bring it on, it'll be a proper game of rugby".

Pollard booted South Africa, missing key men with the Test falling outside the official global window, into an early lead after Kyle Sinckler strayed offside and England were a man down with 15 minutes played when Itoje was shown a yellow card. "We weren't quite good enough to take advantage of a couple of opportunities we had, but we did enough to score the winning points".

Jones believes New Zealand will have been buoyed by what they say from England, however, he has full belief in his own side.

"They are all sitting in the Lensbury hotel, drinking cups of tea and eating scones probably saying, "we can take these guys", he said.

"It was a good tackle, well done, because I haven't seen Andre Esterhuizen being tackled like that in a while", he said.

But there was drama right at the end when, with 80 minutes on the clock, referee Angus Gardner consulted the television match official to see if fly-half Farrell had committed an illegal "no-arms" tackle on Springbok replacement Andre Esterhuizen.

"He was running pretty hard and I tried to wrap my arms around him", said Farrell.

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"The most important thing is what we do next", Jones answered.

"You're going to do it at some stage, you know that".

"To beat New Zealand you've got to be unbelievably disciplined".

Considering England went into this game with a callow pack and on the back of one victory in six Tests, this could prove the most significant win of Eddie Jones's tenure.

South Africa's director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, would not be drawn on the legitimacy of the challenge.

'We'll just have to adapt our tackling like that, ' he quipped post-match when asked if his side should've been awarded a penalty from that incident. We lost a few games but we played tough today and we won.

But after several handling errors, South Africa's pressure told in the 33rd minute when, with left wing Aphiwe Dyantyi coming across to the opposite flank to keep England fullback Daly occupied, quick and smooth passing allowed Nkosi to scamper in at the corner for a try. Jones may also welcome back injured lock Courtney Lawes, and midfielder Manu Tuilagi.

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