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Investec Rugby - England v South Africa

Twickenham, 22nd November 2008

England 6 - 42 South Africa

The Investec Autumn Internationals 2008 saw England play host to a powerful South Africa side at Twickenham, the Home of Rugby.

Inside our Official England v South Africa Hospitality facility at Twickenham, guests were greeted with a champagne reception by the Twickenham hostesses and the rugby-loving crowd created a vibrant atmosphere in the facility. Guests later took their seats for an exquisite four course lunch, during which the International Rugby personality was the guest speaker, providing insight, opinions and great anecdotes to the receptive guests in the restaurant.

Several complementary drinks later, guests made the short walk to take up their officially allocated grouped west stand seats for the match ahead of kick off. The view from the sidelines gave clients an unrivalled view of the entire pitch, the perfect location to enjoy all the action from. Twickenham Stadium was at full capacity yet again and the atmosphere was electric as the teams marched out.

As expected the England v South Africa game was a cracker, two rugby heavyweights going head-to-head, both eager to assert their dominance and go for a victory in their Autumn Rugby campaigns. The majority of the first half saw a disjointed England penalised by a dangerous South Africa side, with sloppy errors from replacement fly-half Danny Cipriani costing England dearly in front of their home fans. England’s normally resolute defence was breached in the first half with two quick tries from Rousseau and Pienaar as the Springboks strode forward into English territory.

After half time in the England vs South Africa match, England appeared to have regrouped and came out looking a lot more bullish in their approach to the match. That said, the Boks weren’t quite finished yet, and from the breakdown at the lineout they managed to split the English defence open again with almost consummate ease thanks to some fantastic decoy running by De Villiers which allowed Jacobs to dash home.

With the visitors having built a seemingly unassailable lead, England finally showed some ambition and pushed forward for a consolation try to appease the agitated Twickenham crowd at this England v South Africa match. Delon Armitage broke into space deep into South African territory and chipped the ball over Jantjes who duly fouled him, preventing a clear try scoring opportunity and earning himself a stint in the sin bin. It just wasn’t to be England’s day, as each time they pressed forward, a misplaced pass or a fumble would merely highlight their lack of sharpness in front of the posts.

Two further late tries from Fourie and Habana capped a dismal day at the office for Martin Johnson’s side, who will have to go back to the drawing board to build the next great England side.

Any dampened spirits were soon lifted back at the Official Twickenham Hospitality facility after the match where guests enjoyed the complementary bar and gourmet buffet whilst reliving all the key moments of an eventful match. Later in the evening the Official Corporate Hospitality concluded, bringing an end to a fantastic day for England on the pitch, as well as a memorable corporate event for Hospitality Finder, providing clients with a unique Twickenham experience.

England Tries: None. Conversions: None. Penalties: Cipriani (2.

South Africa Tries: Rousseau, Pienaar, Jacobs, Fourie, Habana. Conversions: Pienaar (3. Penalties: Pienaar (3.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales Attendance: 80,783.

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