England spared whitewash
The England rugby team have been spared a whitewash in the series with South Africa, as the final game was drawn.
A try and three penalties for both teams meant that the final test in Port Elizabeth finished 14-14, giving England a much needed morale boost, and much deserved result.
Both teams could have won the game in truth. England had a last minute drop-goal opportunity which missed, and if South Africa’s Morne Steyn had his kicking boots on this game, the Springboks would have walked it.
He missed three penalties and a drop goal chance, any of which would have given South Africa the win.
Even though England will be bitterly disappointed to not come away from South Africa with a win under their belts, I think they’ll realise that they were always the underdogs and did a hell of a lot better than any of the scorelines suggest.
Already this current crop of young, talented and determined English players look like they have a togetherness and a willingness to achieve great success, and under the stewardship of Stuart Lancaster, England could do a lot better in the next world cup – which is also on home soil in 2015 – than they have in the previous two.
There is a long wait now until the next England game, with a southern hemisphere extravaganza in winter.
First they play Fiji in November before hosting Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in the following weeks.
All three of the southern powerhouses are touring Europe, showcasing their brute strength and quality in the game.
The summer is going to be a very exciting one for union fans, as the Rugby Championship between Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina span across three months, creating some of the most anticipated games for years.
A mention must be given at this stage to Ireland. Who weren’t just beaten, but absolutely destroyed 60-0 by New Zealand.
I must admit I was shocked when I saw the result, but it just goes to show what the world champions can do when they really want to turn it on.