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Sunday, 25 June, 2000, 07:08 GMT 08:08 UK
England claim historic win
England dominated for most of the match
South Africa 22-27 England

England secured only their second victory against Southern Hemisphere opposition since 1995, in a pulsating second Test against South Africa in Bloemfontein.

In a match dominated by the boot, England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson slotted eight penalties and a drop-goal to claim a series-levelling win.

I think the best team deserved to win, and I think we were the best team

England coach Clive Woodward
After the match England manager Clive Woodward was visibly delighted with the victory.

"It's a credit to everyone involved," Woodward said.

"We've had some great times with England, but this ranks right up there.

"I think the best team deserved to win, and I think we were the best team."

The early dominance undoubtedly went South Africa's way, with Braam van Straaten slotting two early penalties.

It took England 10 minutes to get their hands on the ball, but when they did they immediately pushed the home side back onto their line.

The win was England's first against the Springboks on South African soil
The win was only England's third victory against the Springboks in South Africa
Wilkinson was forced into touch with just inches to go and although South Africa cleared, England looked a more confident outfit than in Pretoria one week earlier.

For their efforts, England were rewarded with a penalty and fly-half Wilkinson duly obliged.

Seconds later, however, the tourists were reduced to 14 men, when Jason Leonard was sin-binned for not staying on his feet.

If South Africa dominated the early exchanges, England quickly matched their pace, allowing Wilkinson to boot his side into the lead.

In an immaculate display of kicking, England notched up five quick penalties to grab a six point 18-12 lead at the break.

SA changes

The South Africans returned to the field, having made a number of changes.

Percy Montgomery replaced Van Straaten at fly-half, with Chester Williams moving to full-back.

It seemed to spark South Africa into life.

Martin Johnson on a charge for England
In a fabulous move, the home side moved the ball through over 20 phases of play, before England again found themselves one-man down, after Lawrence Dallaglio was yellow-carded for illegally playing the ball.

Still the tourists held-on, however, and even managed to extend their lead when Wilkinson coolly slotted a drop goal from in front of the posts.

Seconds later the lead increased to 27-15 when the Newcastle fly-half notched up two more quick penalties.

South Africa clearly needed to push the game, but the England defence proved unbreachable.

With just over 15 minutes left, South Africa suffered a further blow when captain Joost van der Westhuizen was yellow-carded for not rolling away.

England clearly looked the superior outfit, but as the clock ticked on, South Africa began to step up the pace.

With just minutes left, Breyton Paulse was bundled into touch at the corner flag, before Van der Westhuizen capped his return to the field with a dubious try - awarded by the video referee - in the left hand corner.

It set up a thrilling finale, but despite some scintillating attacking play in the final moments, England held on for a richly deserved and historic victory


South Africa: Montgomery, Paulse, Fleck, Barry, P. Rossouw, van Straaten, van der Westhuizen, Kempson, Marais, Visagie, Boome, Otto, Krige, Venter, Vos.

Replacements: Smit, Le Roux, van den Bergh, Brosnihan, Swanepoel, Mulder, Williams.

England: Perry, Healey, Tindall, Catt, Cohen, Wilkinson, Bracken, Leonard, Greening, White, Johnson, Grewcock, Hill, Back, Dallaglio.

Replacements: Regan, Flatman, Shaw, Worsley, Greenwood, Stimpson, Lloyd.

Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

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