England finish series with pride intact

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Updated: June 24, 2012

 

Morne Steyn was the villian for South Africa as he missed several kicks at goal, allowing England to finish the series with a 14 all draw and some pride intact.

Steyn missed three kicks at goal as well as two drop attempts that would have enabled the Boks to end the series with a confidence-boosting 3-0 whitewash of the old enemy.

By drawing the game, England came closer to beating the Springboks than they have since they last won, at Twickenham in 2006, but the Boks now have a 10-match unbeaten sequence against their old enemy.

New Zealand posted a record-breaking 60-0 thrashing of Ireland in their third and final test match at Waikato Stadium on Saturday to complete a series sweep.

The All Blacks, who squeezed past the Irish with a last-gasp Daniel Carter drop goal in Christchurch last week, scored nine tries including two each to Sam Cane and Sonny Bill Williams, and had the game won at halftime leading 29-0.

Australia relied on the boot of Berrick Barnes to edge Wales 20-19 in a bruising third test on Saturday and secure a 3-0 whitewash in a series that was anything but one-sided.

Wales No 8 Ryan Jones and Australia centre Rob Horne scored second half tries, but in a match dominated by the whistle of referee Craig Joubert it was the five penalties from rejuvenated flyhalf Barnes that gave the Wallabies a seventh successive win over the Welsh.