England 37-21 South Africa: Springboks crushed at Twickenham
Last Updated: 14/11/16 12:04pm
England ended their 12-game winless streak against South Africa with a crushing 37-21 victory at Twickenham.
First-half tries from Jonny May and Courtney Lawes put England on course for an 11th successive Test win, with George Ford and Owen Farrell crossing after the restart.
Replacement Johan Goosen scored a try on the hour mark and Willie le Roux grabbed a second with two minutes remaining but there were few positives for the visitors, who were outclassed by Eddie Jones' men.
As expected, South Africa started strongly looking to bully England off the park and gain the upper hand at the breakdown and the set-piece - however, England soaked up the early pressure and took control as the visitors crumbled into an unstructured mess.
Indiscipline resulted in England making a poor start as they conceded three penalties inside the opening five minutes alone, enabling South Africa to take a 6-0 lead through Pat Lambie's boot.
An attacking line-out provided them with the platform to hit back, however, with Marland Yarde roaming infield to create an overlap before combining with Mike Brown to send May racing over in the left corner.
It was a slick response from England given the damp conditions, but for the second time in the opening quarter they allowed South Africa to surge through the middle of the ruck with Vincent Koch rampaging in the footsteps of Tendai Mtawarira before him.
Combined with a scrum that came apart at the seams, the Grand Slam champions were coming under sustained pressure and Lambie was able to land another three points.
A bulldozing run from Billy Vunipola generated momentum and with South Africa producing two poor kicks, England were able to spend a significant spell in the opposition 22 until Ford sent a drop-goal wide.
Now there was conviction about their play as Ben Youngs made a forceful break that established field position under the posts, and in the process a head-on-head collision between Billy Vunipola and Eben Etzebeth ended the giant Springbok lock's afternoon.
A collapsed scrum allowed Farrell to land a penalty and the lead was extended to 17-9 following a sharp counter-attack that started on the 22 with Daly kicking into space and May and Brown hacking on, before Lawes arrived to touch down.
Daly landed a monster penalty from close to the halfway line to create more daylight between the rivals and with half an hour remaining the outcome was beyond doubt.
Youngs was almost at a stroll as he exploited a gap at the breakdown, easily sidestepping past flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit with a dummy before supplying Ford with the scoring pass for their third try.
After a period of meandering, England were stung by seeing Goosen link with Warren Whitley for the Springboks' first try and touched down for a fourth time with Youngs selling another dummy with Farrell on hand to finish on this occasion.
South Africa may have had the final say when Le Roux went over in the corner but the day belonged to England who were worthy winners.