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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

A Tale of two coaches

**Blog by @fionahoareau**

England v South Africa - November 2018

“That tackle” will long be debated but in reality the game had been lost for South Africa long before that. Other than S’bu Nkosi’s fantastic try,South Africa failed to convert chances into tries. At half-time the coaches obviously gave their teams a pep talk but it was Eddie Jones who seemed to be able to suss out the South Africans and plot a triumphant rebuttal. Perhaps the local knowledge gleaned from ex-Bulls coach, John Mitchell, helped. Rassie seemed to fail to get the Boks to gel in the second half.

The lineouts were obviously a problem with long overthrows by one of World Rugby’s player of the year nominees, Malcolm Marx. Maybe the media attention got to him or the pre-match lineout plans didn’t work on the day. Missed penalty kicks also cost South Africa.

Positives were Faf’s replacement ,Ivan Van Zyl, who held his own, as well as Damian Willemse at number 15 who played well, other than a missed touch kick.
England’s chances against the All Blacks depend on the ref.Obviously he will have the added pressure of closely examining all suspect tackles but he is also the Sonny Bill Williams red carder. The All blacks probably won’t play him. England must maintain discipline especially Maro Itoje who earned a yellow on Saturday. It’s going to be Barrett versus Farrell and I can’t wait for the game! 

**Blog by @fionahoareau**

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