2007 Rugby World Cup: South Africa defeat England

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Friday, September 14, 2007

September 14, 2007
21:00 (UTC+2)
England Flag of England.svg 0 – 36 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Joël Jutge Flag of France.svg
Try: J Smith 6'
J P Pietersen (2) 38', 64'
Conv: P Montgomery (3) 7', 39, 64'
Pen: F Steyn 11'
P Montgomery (4) 36', 46', 55', 79'
One of the three South African tries.

South Africa comprehensively defeated defending world champions England in Pool A of the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

South Africa opened the scoring early in the match when Juan Smith scored a try in the sixth minute. Francois Steyn kicked a penalty for South Africa soon afterwards to stretch the lead to 10-0.

England's only chance at goal came in the fourteenth minute when Mike Catt missed a drop goal attempt.

JP Pietersen scored a try for South Africa just before the end of the first half bringing the score to 20-0, and added a second try in the 64th minute. Percy Montgomery kicked 18 points to wrap up South Africa's victory.

South Africa lead Pool A with nine points. England are third on points difference behind Tonga, and must win a difficult match against Samoa next week to be able to advance to the knockout stages.


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