The match was intense, with England showcasing resilience and determination. They managed to overturn South African line-out drives thrice and even secured a penalty during one of these instances. Despite their commendable performance, England’s chances were marred by a series of penalties, including one resulting from Farrell’s momentary lapse in judgment.
The tension was palpable as both teams made errors. Yet, Farrell’s consistent performance, marked by his fourth successful penalty, gave England a 12-6 lead at halftime.
Rookie George Martin of Leicester stood out with his aggressive tackles. As the rain persisted, the game remained tight. South Africa made several strategic changes, bringing in Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux, among others. Despite these shifts, England maintained control, with Farrell delivering a remarkable drop-goal.
However, the tide turned as South Africa began to dominate the scrum, leading to Snyman’s crucial try. With the momentum now in their favor, the Springboks seemed rejuvenated. The climax of the match saw Pollard successfully converting a challenging penalty, ensuring South Africa’s place in the final.
The heartbreak was evident among the English players, especially given their stellar performance throughout the match. The loss serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of sports, where victory and defeat can hinge on a single moment.