England’s five-Test losing run came to an end as Owen Farrell marked his first win as captain by kicking six penalties in a 25-10 victory over South Africa at Newlands.
What started as an ugly spectacle scarred by repeated mistakes in Cape Town eventually developed into a tense climax to the tour that produced two eye-catching moments for both teams, Jess Kriel’s try for the hosts cancelled out by a scorching Jonny May effort.
But the biggest winning margin of the series was primarily about the boot of Farrell, who finished with a 20-point haul, and the renewal of English forward might after passive performances in the first two Tests.
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Star man – Jonny May
The Leicester Tigers’ winger has been England’s best player in the three-match series and he showed it here again, capping another impressive performance with the tourists’ only try late in the second half.
Moment of the match
The crossfield kick by Danny Cipriani, starting his first England game for 10 years, displayed wonderful vision to see the space for May to burst forward with a trademark turn of pace and touch down in the corner.
It was certainly May’s day with his try giving him a deserved record for the level of consistency he has shown over the tour.