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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 October, 2003, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
C'watch: England 25-6 SA

All the action from the crucial Pool C match in Perth.


80 mins: Referee Marshall blows the final whistle and England move to the top of Pool C.

77 mins: Another penalty for the Springboks, who opt to tap it and go. Greenwood drives Botha back in the tackle. Lawrence Dallaglio steals the ball and Wilkinson clears.

76 mins: England concede a penalty for not releasing. Derick Hougaard, on for Koen, kicks to the corner.

75 mins: Another good passage of England play ends with a Wilkinson drop goal.
England 25-6 South Africa

73 mins: England are a changed team playing with purpose and urgency and a penalty kick to touch by Wilkinson gives Steve Thompson a line-out throw on the opposition 22. Jason Leonard comes on for Trevor Woodman.

71 mins: Dan Luger comes on for Tindall.

68 mins: England get their rolling maul working and drive South Africa back 20 metres. The game has swung massively towards Clive Woodward's men.

67 mins: Cohen barges through the midfield, the ball is recycled and Wilkinson kicks a drop goal.
England 22-6 South Africa

65 mins: England are playing with renewed confidence. They push South Africa back in the scrum and suddenly look in command.

63 mins: Against the run of play England score what could prove a crucial try. Moody charges down a Koen kick and Greenwood chases down the ball to score. Wilkinson adds the two points.
England 19-6 South Africa

60 mins: England look to be struggling in the scrum, but win the ball to allow Wilkinson to kick clear.

57 mins: England loose the ball in the tackle and South Africa attack. It's tit-for-tat rugby going one way and the other as the Springboks cough up possession. Coetzee goes for good this time, Smit replacing him.

56 mins: Another England penalty for foul play in the front row. Wilkinson kicks up to the 22.

54 mins: In the first half England were racking up the penalties. The boot is on the other foot this half and England kick down field in enemy territory.

52 mins: South Africa have an attacking line-out. England hold firm before Koen wastes an overlap, opting to kick ahead instead.

51 mins: Back and Coetzee return to the fray.

50 mins: England drive forward through four phases and win a penalty in front of the posts for off-side. Wilkinson maintains his 100% record and England enjoy their biggest lead of the match.
England 12-6 South Africa

48 mins: Jaco van der Westhuyzen knocks-on in gathering a Robinson kick ahead.

47 mins: Robinson takes a high ball before De Wet Barry comes in on him late. Referee Marshall takes no action on the SPringbok centre.

45 mins: The game's opening up and England are in retreat. Robinson makes a try-saving tackle on Bakkies Botha. Joe Worsley is on as a blood replacement for Back.

44 mins: Springbok hooker Danie Coetzee needs attention to a blood wound. John Smit is straight into action throwing in at a line-out.

42 mins: Greenwood draws three men to create space for the men outside him. England are gaining some forward momentum and win a penalty for off-side. Wilkinson puts England back in front.
England 9-6 South Africa

1404 BST: The match is back underway with Wilkinson throwing up a hanging kick that South Africa claim.


40 mins: South Africa finish the half on the attack. A Ben Cohen clearance is the last piece of action before referee Peter Marshall blows for the break.

37 mins: Greenwood makes a schoolboy error, failing to touch down the ball before the 22 drop-out and South Africa earn their best attacking position of the match. England fail to clear their lines and a Josh Lewsey takes out Jorrie Muller without the ball. Lewsey escapes without a yellow card but Koen finally gets a penalty, although it did hit the upright.
England 6-6 South Africa

35 mins: Neil Back is caught off-side and Koen is teeing up another penalty. It's another miss on the left-hand side.

33 mins: Handling on the ground in the centre of the pitch gives Koen another chance to slot three points. The Springbok fly-half is not having the best of times, missing on the left.

29 mins: Koen gets the opportunity to level the match with a penalty following a Moody high tackle on Ashwin Willemse. His effort hits the upright and England clear.

28 mins: The game's in a scrappy spell and England win a penalty for a South African infringement at the scrum. As Wilkinson lines up his kick Martin Johnson urges his troops on. Wilkinson makes no mistake and England are back in front.
England 6-3 South Africa

27 mins: A bruising passage of play is characterised by a host of handling errors by each team.

25 mins: Wilkinson kicks out on the full to hand the initiative to South Africa with a line-out on halfway, but England win back possession.

23 mins: England have ridden out the storm and relieve pressure with Wilkinson drilling a penalty down the line.

20 mins: It's all South Africa but the English defence is holding firm.

19 mins: England concede a careless penalty when players encroach at the line-out. Koen opts to kick at goal but his effort from halfway falls short.

17 mins: A South African foray down the right by Juan Smith results in a penalty. Jeers ring out around the ground but Koen is spot on and levels the score.
England 3-3 South Africa

16 mins: Koen's in the pocket and it's memories of 1999 as he goes for a drop goal. Will Greenwood charges the effort down.

15 mins: South Africa are finding their feet and coming into the game.

13 mins: Not for the first time in the match South Africa have got a rolling maul rumbling forward, but Van der Westhuizen kicks long and the forward effort is wasted as the ball goes dead.

12 mins: Ben Kay steals South African ball at the line-out to keep England on the front foot.

10 mins: England are playing the better rugby. A typical side-stepping run by Robinson gets the crowd buzzing and then Mike Tindall is tackled into touch at the corner flag by Joe van Niekerk.

8 mins: England string together the first attacking play of the match and win a scrum on the South African line. A Moody knock-on stops the flow.

7 mins: It is fast and furious and there are some hard tackles going in in exchanges on the halfway line. Richard Bands is replaced by Lawrence Sephaka.

5 mins: Bracken claims a mark near the England line and moments later Jason Robinson follows suit and is assured under the high ball. He opts to run from deep and makes good ground.

3 mins: Wilkinson slots the penalty from 40m to give England an early lead.
England 3-0 South Africa

2 mins: England clear their lines after a South African infringement. The Springbok forwards are penalised again further up the field and Wilkinson has the chance to kick at goal.

1 min: England look to clear their lines but it is not the ideal start for Jonny Wilkinson. He slices his kick to give the Springboks an attacking line-out.

1308 BST: Louis Koen gets the game underway, kicking deep.

1303 BST: The pre-match formalities begin with God Save The Queen before the operatic version of the South African national anthem.

1300 BST: A roar greets the players as they walk out at a packed Subiaco Oval.

The loss of injured duo Matt Dawson and Richard Hill is a blow to England's plans, with the Perth losers expected to face tournament favourites New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

But Kyran Bracken is an experienced replacement for Dawson, while Lewis Moody was a first-choice before injury wrecked his season.

Springboks coach Rudolf Straeuli has made four changes to the side that opened with a 72-6 win over Uruguay.

Captain Corne Krige comes into the side along with centre Jorrie Muller, full-back Jaco van der Westhuyzen and prop Christo Bezuidenhout, who is making his debut.


England: J Lewsey; J Robinson, W Greenwood, M Tindall, B Cohen; J Wilkinson, K Bracken; T Woodman, S Thompson, P Vickery, M Johnson (capt), B Kay, L Moody, N Back, L Dallaglio
Replacements: D West, J Leonard, M Corry, J Worsley, A Gomarsall, P Grayson, D Luger

South Africa: J van der Westhuyzen; A Willemse, J Muller, D W Barry, T Delport; L Koen, J van der Westhuizen; C Bezuidenhout, D Coetzee, R Bands, B Botha, V Matfield, C Krige (capt), J van Niekerk, J Smith
Replacements: J Smit, L Sephaka, S Boome, D Rossouw, N De Kock, D Hougaard, W Greeff





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