SA try "luckiest in history"

 Nov 26,2012
Written by: Editor

England lock Geoff Parling has described South Africa's match-winning try at Twickenham on Saturday as the "luckiest in history." 

South Africa produced the game's only try after a box kick from Ben Youngs ricocheted back towards the England try-line off JP Pietersen, with Tom Wood fumbling the loose ball forwards and Willem Alberts pouncing to score.

The try gave South Africa a crucial ten-point lead going into half-time, forcing England to claw their way back into the match and fall narrowly short of victory.

"It was probably the flukiest try I have ever seen in the history of rugby," said to Parling to The Leicester Mercury.

"It came at a crucial stage of the game. We fought back well, got into the game and finished on top.

"At the whistle, we were not very far away - but we cannot keep saying that. I am gutted. We feel like it's another game that we should have won.

"We were not clinical enough at certain times but we did some things really well. Our breakdown, our defence and our scrum were good.

"They didn't want to scrum against us, they just wanted to mess about.

"They don't attack much either, they play field position and then come at you. We felt we defended really well against them and their so-called 'big runners' kept getting knocked back.

"There is this fallacy about South Africa having this super-human pack - but they are just blokes. Good blokes - but they are just blokes.

"We want to be known as that big, damaging pack. But we have to start winning games."






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