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International Wrap-Up | Autumn 2021, Week 2

Freddie Steward was named Player of the Match for a second successive Test match in England's 27-26 victory over South Africa at Twickenham.

The Leicester Tigers youngster was at his aerial best under the high ball for the home side, defusing several Springboks attacks with his safe hands and playing an equally important role in attack for the national side.

England went ahead with a try to former Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi in the eighth minute, which was converted by Marcus Smith, before Steward crossed when Leicester team-mate Ben Youngs spotted a chance down the blindside and the full-back barged his way through the Boks defence.

The try was Steward's second in as many Tests for the national side after scoring in the win over Australia a week earlier.

England took a five-point lead into the break, 17-12, before Handre Pollard and Elton Janties kicked the visitors in front with 15 minutes remaining.

Tigers back-rower Jasper Wiese was brought on by the visitors to finish the game in the back-row and proved a menace for the England defence.

Wiese wasn't the only Leicester forward used off the bench, with hooker Nic Dolly making his international debut as a second-half replacement by Eddie Jones.

Dolly became the 10th hooker capped by England while at Leicester Tigers.

The lead changed hands up until the final minute of the match, as both sides went down to 14 men through yellow cards, and the match wasn't decided until Smith landed a penalty-goal attempt to secure the one-point win.