Quins players star as England topple Boks

Saturday, 20th November 2021 @ 17:06

Harlequins quartet star as England topple South Africa at Twickenham

Marcus Smith, Joe Marchant, Joe Marler and Alex Dombrandt played crucial roles in the national side’s victory over South Africa this weekend.

Fly-half Smith kicked 12 points while Marchant provided the final pass for the Raffi Quirke try that helped England secure the victory, with Marler and Dombrandt providing much-needed energy from the bench in the forward pack.

England took an early lead through tries for backs Manu Tuilagi and Freddie Steward in the first 20 minutes, with Smith adding a penalty in the 23rd minute. Springbok penalties chipped away and eventually overtook England’s lead at 17-18 in the 63rd minute.

England went ahead after a striking set-piece move saw Marchant break lean through the Bok defence and feed Quirke to run in a third try for the day, with Smith’s conversion taking his side to a six-point advantage.

South Africa replied with a try for wing Makazole Mapimpi, with a subsequent penalty kick from reserve Frans Steyn restoring the visitors’ lead 24-26 with less than eight minutes to go.

A dramatic finish would see Smith provide the killing blow to secure the win, landing a penalty after Steyn was penalised for colliding with Smith at the ruck illegally.

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