JOE MARLER: Jamie George made the difference

JOE MARLER: Jamie George made the difference

Of George England's big man Jamie made the crucial difference in the game against South Africa

Joe Marler for the post on Sunday

England's foremost ranks will enjoy his tea and cake as he looks on his 73rd minute to fight his way to victory.

It's always a great moment to see the sweaty, stinking heads of the opposition – especially if you write them off all week.

Ben Moon and Harry Williams made a difference when they came, but the key man for me was Jamie George.

Jamie George was a key England player on Saturday's 12-11 win over South Africa

Jamie George was a key England player on Saturday's 12-11 win over South Africa

Jamie George was a key England player on Saturday's 12-11 win over South Africa

His ability to transfer his gigantic weight and his huge head and his ability to stay down made it possible for them to win the penalty against Angus Gardner.

There is almost a ton of pressure in the South African scrum, and any slight movement in the first row can shift that impulse.

In the decisive crowd, the South African tight-head came into the corner and tried to put some pressure on Jamie.

The crush was half stable, but then it turned to accomplish something, but that opened his ribs and allowed Moony to come up to him and drive straight to win the punishment.

It is always a risk when the narrow head goes diagonally inward and this goes back for the Springboks.

George played a crucial role in the 73rd minute of the scrum, which led to England's match penalty

George played a crucial role in the 73rd minute of the scrum, which led to England's match penalty

George played a crucial role in the 73rd minute, in which England penalized the penalty

I had chosen Kyle Sinckler as the key fight against Steven Kitshoff, and I thought Kyle would be incredibly busy.

Sinckler did well to keep Kitshoff down in the crowd, but sometimes the Springbok showed its strength as he approached Dylan Hartley.

Kyle's gentle passage was excellent and at one point he threw a passport from left to right. He's working on his Scrummage, but he has so much X-Factor.

It's the All Blacks next week, and I'd like to see England trying to disrupt his scrum ball a bit more. Joe Moody is one of the best scramblers in the world alongside Kitshoff, but I'd like to see England influence their delivery and beat Scrum earlier than South Africa.

England No. 3 Kyle Sinckler impressed on Saturday the victory against the Springboks in Twickenham

England No. 3 Kyle Sinckler impressed on Saturday the victory against the Springboks in Twickenham

England No. 3 Kyle Sinckler impressed on Saturday the victory against the Springboks in Twickenham

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