Ahead of the first Quilter Autumn International, many England fans were questioning Eddie Jones’ future as Head Coach with less than a year remaining until the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The arrival of the Springboks in Twickeham offered an opportunity for Jones and his new-look England side to prove the doubters wrong.
Sports Gazette offers a taste of the match-day experience at the home of English rugby, including some confidence South Africans, contrasting the pessimism amongst the English contingent.
England would go on to win 12-11 in a hotly-contested game. However, the match will be remembered for a no-foul call from a seemingly high and late tackle from England fly-half, Owen Farrell, just minutes after he had put the hosts ahead with a late penalty.
England take on the world’s best side, the All-Blacks next and will need to improve in several key areas of their game if they want to make it back-to-back wins.