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Bok centre De Allende hopes to be a part of Twickenham fairytale as six-year shedding streak haunts



  • Springbok centre Damian de Allender hopes they’ll lastly finish their Twickenham bogey once they meet England on Saturday.
  • The Boks final received in opposition to England at Twickenham in 2014, with Eben Etzebeth being the one survivor from that recreation.
  • De Allende hopes they’ll stay constant and composed, as in comparison with their two earlier defeats on the floor.

In London

That Springbok centre Damian de Allende made his worldwide now in 2014, but hasn’t skilled a Bok win in opposition to England at Twickenham speaks volumes as to how England has turned the tables in opposition to South Africa at their rugby headquarters.

South Africa’s match-day 23 for Saturday’s forty fifth encounter in opposition to England at 200 Whitton Highway solely has one survivor from the 31-28 win on 15 November 2014 in Eben Etzebeth, who has crossed 100 Check caps.

Because of stiffer competitors at centre, De Allende hasn’t been capable of rack up as many caps as Etzebeth, however the lacking win at Twickenham rankles.

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The Boks have not misplaced in New Zealand on their previous two visits earlier than Covid-19 struck, received the World Cup by beating England in Tokyo simply over three years in the past, however have not completed England over at residence in eight years.

Earlier than England’s residence streak began with the 37-21 win on 12 November 2016, the Boks hadn’t misplaced to England at Twickenham or anyplace since 25 November 2006.

De Allende, together with six different teammates, was a part of the 2016 humbling throughout Allister Coetzee’s tenure and hopes to be on the profitable facet this time round.

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“I do not assume I’ve performed in opposition to England at Twickenham and overwhelmed them,” De Allende stated.

“I’ve received a recreation or two right here, nevertheless it was in opposition to different worldwide groups, however it will be unbelievable as a result of it is all the time a tricky encounter.

“They’re an ideal staff, however they’ve additionally been up and down prior to now few video games. I would not say it is a weak point, however prior to now two video games, we have been very shut.

Groups:

England

15 Freddie Steward, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny Might, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Alex Coles, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola

Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 David Ribbans, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jack Nowell

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Canan Moodie

“Hopefully this 12 months, we are able to flip issues round.”

De Allende has been again twice with the Boks and skilled the one-point defeats of the 2018 (12-11) and the 2021 (27-26) encounters.

De Allende stated they have been their very own worst enemies once they relinquished final 12 months’s encounter, with the cumbersome midfielder saying they have been impatient and inconsistent.

De Allende, sensible sufficient to not delve into match techniques, stated they must be higher composed for Saturday’s encounter.

“I do not know, however I believe final 12 months, we performed nicely in patches, however did not accomplish that persistently sufficient,” De Allende stated.

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“Hopefully, we’ll be much more constant on the sector as a result of final 12 months, we had just a few moments the place we must always have received the sport.

“We gave away a delicate strive at a line out and there have been just a few foolish penalties that we gave away. I additionally bear in mind Eben Etzebeth getting a yellow card.

“It was a little bit of a harsh name, however in these final 5-10 minutes, it felt like we needed to overdo issues as an alternative of being composed.

“We now have discovered from that recreation and talked about it as a staff. Hopefully, issues will come proper on Saturday.”

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