Saxons survive to seal South Africa series

England Saxons staged a superb second-half recovery to beat South Africa A 29-26 and seal a 2-0 series triumph.

The Saxons won the first meeting 32-24 in Bloemfontein but looked set for defeat in George after South Africa stormed into a 26-8 lead following converted tries by Sergeal Petersen and Francois Venter just after half-time.

However, the Saxons hit back almost immediately through hooker Tommy Taylor — his second try of the match — before flanker Matt Kvesic went over in the 55th minute. Danny Cipriani added the extras on both occasions as South Africa’s lead was slashed to 26-22.

That is the way the scoreline stayed until five minutes from the end when wing Christian Wade, who was drafted into the starting line-up in place of the injured Alex Lewington, capitalised on good work from the Saxons forwards to dive over.

Cipriani again slotted the conversion, taking his points haul to nine, and South Africa could find no late response at Outeniqua Park to leave the tourists celebrating a series win.

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