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Saturday, 24 November, 2001, 14:27 GMT
Clockwatch: England 29-9 South Africa
All the action from England's international against South Africa at Twickenham
All the action as it happens from England's game against the Springboks at Twickenham.

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Full time: England 29-9 South Africa
Despite Wilkinson's last-minute miss, England's players and the Twickenham crowd celebrate England's biggest win over the Springboks.

84 mins: The Springboks push for a consolation try but Skinstad's floated scoring pass is intercepted by Luger who runs the length of the pitch to cap a fine England performance.
Wilkinson's effort to take England beyond 30 points bounces back off the upright before McHugh blows the final whistle.
England 29-9 South Africa

83 mins: From the resulting scrum Joost van der Westhuizen takes the blindside option but his route is blocked.

81 mins: Having been held up earlier in the half, Bracken is the last line of defence and, with the help of Luger, holds Matfield up as he burrows over the line.

79 mins: Both captains are in the wars.
Johnson leaves the pitch with an elbow injury while Bobby Skinstad receives attention to his left shoulder.

77 mins: Catt lands awkwardly after chasing and jumping for a high ball and is replaced by his club colleague, Mike Tindall.

72 mins: A mazy Robinson run earns Wilkinson yet another opportunity to kick at goal.
His radar is back on course and he converts his eighth penalty of the match.
England 24-9 South Africa

70 mins: A high tackle from Krige on Dan Luger gives Wilkinson another opportunity to stretch England's lead, but he misses his first effort of the afternoon.

67 mins: Springbok coach Harry Viljoen makes a triple substitution in his pack with Andre Venter, Lukas van Biljon and Corne Krige coming on.

65 mins: Referee McHugh signals for another penalty and after Breyton Paulse's ill-discipline sees it moved forward 10 metres, Wilkinson kicks the goal.
England 21-9 South Africa

63 mins: Van Straaten has another opportunity to cut England's lead but his effort from over halfway is wide despite having the length.

60 mins: South Africa respond immediately and win a penalty from the re-start which van Straaten converts.
England 18-9 South Africa

58 mins: England are in the ascendency and work a position from where Catt drops a goal.
England 18-6 South Africa

57 mins: Having been caught in a tackle moments earlier, a second big hit brings an end to Richard Hill's involvement in the match.
He is replaced by Lewis Moody.

55 mins: The second half action is a world away from the scrappy affair in the first forty minutes and even Catt's kicks have the crowd on their feet.
The centre drills an effort to within metres of the Springbok line.

52 mins: Wilkinson is given another opportunity for three points when South Africa infringe at a scrum and are caught off-side.
The crowd heave a sigh of relief as his effort goes in off the upright.
England 15-6 South Africa

49 mins: The hosts do not leave Springbok territory empty handed as Wilkinson converts a penalty from wide on the left.
England 12-6 South Africa

47 mins: England go close again in the opposite corner.
Conrad Jantjes tracks Will Greenwood in a set move in the backs and shepherds him into touch at the corner.

45 mins: England respond in fine fashion. A break by Wilkinson ends with Bracken being held up on the South Africa try line.

43 mins: Robinson fails to claim a high ball and South Africa are on the front foot, trying to turn their positive play into points.

40 mins: South Africa keep the ball from the re-start and set up Louis Koen for a drop at goal that drifts wide.

Having come on temporarily for Willie Meyer in the first half, Cobus Visagie comes out in his place for the second half.


Half-time: England 9-6 South Africa


45 mins: England keep possession for a long period, probing for an opening before conceding another penalty.
Moments later the whistle is blown to conclude an attritional first half.

43 mins: After an all too brief flurry of play, West is now down injured as Wilkinson prepares to kick a penalty at goal following a Springbok obstruction.
The stand-off's effort from halfway sails through the posts.
England 9-6 South Africa

42 mins: There is another break in play as Mark Andrews receives attention to a wrist injury to the clear annoyance of the crowd.

39 mins: Robinson elects to run back a deep South African kick but is turned in the tackle and concedes a penalty.
Van Straaten fires a low kick through the posts.
England 6-6 South Africa

35 mins: Another break in play sees Wilkinson receive some attention from England's medical staff. He is deemed fit to carry on.

34 mins: The crowd have something to cheer, but again the flow of the game breaks down when Mike Catt opts to kick, spurning men outside.

32 mins: The game is a stop-start affair with frequent penalties and free-kicks.
Ollie Le Roux concedes a penalty for stamping and then England are penalised for taking too long to throw in at a lineout.

29 mins: England again lose any initiative that they are beginning to stamp on the game when they fail to win another lineout.

24 mins: Worsley makes amends for his earlier misdemeanour and steals Victor Matfield's ball at the lineout.
South Africa infringe as they attempt to reclaim possession and Wilkinson converts the penalty.
England 6-3 South Africa

22 mins: England string together 10 phases of possession but are unable to breach the Springbok defence before conceding a penalty for holding on too long.

19 mins: England concede another penalty when Joe Worsley holds onto the ball in the tackle to give South Africa an easy opportunity to get some points on the board.
Van Straaten's effort is straight and true.
England 3-3 South Africa

18 mins: England win a poor lineout on their own throw after Dorian West misses the jumper.
After that let off they concede a penalty for bringing down a scrum.

17 mins: The break has an adverse affect on England's efforts.
They lose a lineout on their own throw, and then a scrum on their own 22.

16 mins: McHugh is given a warm welcome when he finally runs on to resume the match.

14 mins: The full house grow impatient as the Irishman waits for his microphone to be wired up.

11 mins: There is a change in the referee.
Stuart Dickinson pulls his calf and hobbles off to be replaced by Ireland's David McHugh.

10 mins: England are playing some fluid rugby but are being repeatedly knocked back by some fearsome Springbok tackling.

6 mins: Wilkinson's effort is not one of his best but it is enough to give England an early lead.
England 3-0 South Africa

5 mins: England recycle the ball at a high tempo with Kyran Bracken at the hub of the movement and earn a penalty for their efforts.

3 mins: Braam van Straaten's subsequent kick at goal, from over halfway, has the legs, but is wide.

1 min: In a fast start the tone is set for a bruising encounter as Skinstad comes through late on Jason Robinson.
England get the advantage from referee Dickinson, but as they break up field, Danny Grewcock concedes a penalty for a stamp at a ruck.

1433: Jonny Wilkinson kicks out on the full from the kick-off to give South Africa's mighty pack an early chance to show their mettle at a scrum on halfway.

1430: In a show of unity, Skinstad's team stands in a semi-circle for the South African national anthem.

They then go into a tight huddle during a hearty rendition of England's national anthem.

1426 GMT: A flash of fireworks welcomes Bobby Skinstad and his South Africa team onto the pitch.
The visitors are followed out onto the Twickenham turf by Martin Johnson and his men.


England: Robinson, Healey, Greenwood, Catt, Luger, Wilkinson, Bracken, Rowntree, West, Vickery, Johnson, Grewcock, Hill, Back, Worsley.
Replacements: Regan, Leonard, Kay, Moody, Hodgson, Tindall, Cohen.

South Africa: Jantjes, Paulse, Halstead, van Straaten, Hall, Koen, van der Westhuizen, Le Roux, Smit, Meyer, Matfield, Andrews, Vos, A. Venter, Skinstad.
Replacements: van Biljon, Visagie, A. Venter, Krige, D. de Kock, Snyman, Montgomery.

Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia).

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