Owen Farrell’s kicks and hits help England overcome South Africa

• England 12-11 South Africa
• Eddie Jones’s injury-ravaged side overcome Springboks

Crisis? What crisis? England overcame a chronic injury-list that ravaged their forwards and the biggest pack in world rugby to start their autumn campaign with a victory that looked improbable at half-time. Their resistance was summed up by Mark Wilson, a flanker who filled in for three unavailable players at No8 and absorbed everything thrown at him as the ghosts refused to buckle.

Each side had four survivors from the starting line-up on when the countries last met here two years ago, proof in England’s case of an ever-expanding injury-list and in South Africa’s evidence of their transition since the last World Cup. If the hosts had picked a team to wear out their opponents, the Springboks were looking to wear down Eddie Jones’s men with six of their starting line-up more than 18st and four more on the bench.

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