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England defeated in final Autumn Test

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England were defeated, 13-27, by South Africa at Twickenham in the final of their 2022 Autumn Test fixtures on Saturday afternoon.

Leicester Tigers duo Jack van Poortvliet and Freddie Steward started for the home side, with clubmate Ben Youngs used as a second-half replacement.

A penalty-goal to Owen Farrell in the 14th minute saw England lead the Springboks before the visitors levelled in the 19th minute through the boot of Faf de Klerk.

South Africa stretched their lead with a dro-goal from Damian Willemse in the 31st minute before scoring their first try to Kurt-Lee Arendse just two minutes later.

A penalty-goal before the break to de Klerk saw the 'Boks take an eleven-point, 3-14, into half-time.

Willemse landed a second drop-goal for the match just two minutes into the second half before Farrell kicked a second penalty in the 46th minute.

Tom Curry was yellow carded in the 48th minute after repeated infringements by the home side and South Africa capitalised, scoring their second try with half an hour remaining when Eben Etzebeth dived over from close range and de Klerk converted from in front of the posts.

A third penalty-goal just before the hour mark to de Klerk saw the South Africans lead out to 21 points before they were down to 14 men for the remainder of the game when Thomas du Toit was shown a red card.

Henry Slade crossed - and Farrell converted - with just over five minutes remaining to cut the margin to the final 14 points.