South Africa 36 England 27
Match-sealing try ... JP Pietersen leaps for the tryline. Photo: AP
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa survived a brave second-half comeback from England at Ellis Park on Saturday to triumph 36-27 and take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.
The Springboks dominated the first half to open a 25-10 half-time advantage only to see their lead trimmed to four points before right wing JP Pietersen scored a late match-sealing try and a ninth consecutive win over their rivals.
Victory for South Africa completed a great day for the southern hemisphere giants with New Zealand and Australia also winning to wrap up series against Ireland and Wales respectively.
South Africa clinch series win after England fightback
The Springboks overcome stirring second-half comeback by England. Photo: AP