England will need to make Rugby World Cup history if they are to win the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time. No side has ever come from behind at half-time to win the trophy, but England trail a formidable South Africa 6-12 at the break.
There was then an immediate injury setback for England when prop Kyle Sinckler appeared to collide with team-mate Maro Itoje and crashed to the ground. Play was held up while medics treated the front-row forward, but he was able to walk off the pitch and was replaced by Dan Cole.
It was an unsettling start for England, and they had more to think about when South Africa gained a scrum penalty that put down an immediate set-piece marker. England could not escape from their own 22, with Pollard and full-back Willie Le Roux proving dangerous attackers, and Pollard kicked a ninth-minute penalty to open the scoring.
South Africa enjoyed early ascendancy in scrums and lineouts, and England's disorganised state was underlined when scrum-half Ben Youngs threw out a pass to wing Anthony Watson that sailed over Watson's head and into touch. It took 19 minutes for England to move inside South Africa's 22, but skipper Owen Farrell opened their account with a penalty. Pollard and Farrell then traded two more penalties to ensure the score was level just before the break.
But, with just two minutes left on the clock, Pollard nailed two monster kick to ensure that the Springboks had a healthy half-time lead. Here are our player ratings at the half-time stage.
Check the above gallery to see how we have rated players from both teams.
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