Farrell rewards spirited England
South Africa 14 England 14:ENGLAND AVOIDED a series whitewash when Owen Farrell’s penalty secured a 14-14 draw with South Africa in the third and final Test on Saturday.
The visitors ended a nine-match losing streak against the Springboks as they secured only the second draw between the two teams.
Scrumhalf Danny Care notched an early try for England while outhalf Toby Flood kicked one penalty and his replacement Farrell landed two more.
The hosts responded with a try from wing JP Pietersen and three penalties from Morne Steyn but the outhalf did not enjoy his best day with the boot as he missed two penalties and one conversion attempt.
South Africa had only themselves to blame for failing to win, committing a plethora of handling errors and producing some aimless tactical kicking against an England team who defended well.
SOUTH AFRICA: Aplon, Pietersen, de Villiers, Olivier, Habana, M. Steyn, Hougaard, Mtawarira, B. du Plessis, J. du Plessis, Etzebeth, J. Kruger, Coetzee, Potgieter, Spies. Replacements: Pienaar for Hougaard (50), Strauss for B. du Plessis (63), W. Kruger for J. du Plessis (76), van der Merwe for Etzebeth (55), Kankowski for Potgieter (55).
Not Used: Jantjies, Basson.
ENGLAND: Goode, Ashton, Joseph, Tuilagi, Foden, Flood, Care, Marler, Hartley, Cole, Palmer, Parling, Johnson, Haskell, Waldrom. Replacements: Barritt for Joseph (64), Farrell for Flood (13), Botha for Palmer (67), Dowson for Johnson (67).
Not used: Mears, Doran-Jones, L. Dickson. Sin bin: Hartley (51).
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)