A massive match awaits us this afternoon as the Boks will look to end this tour, which has gone from a potentially Grand Slam tour to a mediocre tour after the loss last weekend, on some form of a high. England on the other hand, have had a really good run over the last few weeks, and will look to rack up another Southern Hemisphere scalp. The result can only be a tussle of enormous magnitude.
The Boks are pushing out a team that shows little change from the team that has played over the last few weeks, with the only change being Spies coming back into the team.
The halfback combination of Ruan Pienaar and Morne Steyn will want to show up this weekend after the disastrous form shown not only in the game against Scotland, with Pienaar disappointing against Wales as well, and Steyn looking very tired after a long season.
The conditions – snow and sleet at various intervals during the day – will ensure any chance of an expansive approach goes out the window well before kick-off. There may well be the occasional dash by a backline player, but this contest will be mainly fought between the two packs.
England have not been shy to talk up the need for physicality against a South African team with a reputation for a bit of niggle. The English are also not buying into the suggestion that the Boks are vulnerable – following last week’s loss to Scotland, after some sneaky wins against Ireland and Wales.
This will be a test of character for the Boks, and we all will be hoping for an improved performance.
England: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Shontayne Hape, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Lewis Moody (captain), 6 Tom Croft, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: 16 Steve Thompson, 17 David Wilson, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 Hendre Fourie, 20 Danny Care, 21 Charlie Hodgson, 22 Matt Banahan.
South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Frans Steyn, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 François Hougaard, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Adi Jacobs.
Date: Saturday, November 27
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT – 16.30 SA time)
Expected weather: Very cold with wintry showers, which will lead to further accumulations of snow. High of 2°C and by kick-off it will be a chilly -1°C – although the windchill factor will take it down to at least -4°C.
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland), Simon Mcdowell (Ireland)
TMO: Iain Ramage (Scotland)