Robshaw finds a friend in Meyer over late kick decision
Not that it would be any consolation to England's beaten captain, Chris Robshaw, but the Springboks' coach, Heyneke Meyer, sympathised with him up to a point over the debatable late decision to kick for the posts and leave themselves a point behind rather than go for the try they needed to win the match.
Meyer called the choice that faced Robshaw "a lose-lose situation", implying that England were up against it every which way.
There were two minutes and 20 seconds remaining and England were trailing 16-12 when they stood over a penalty 35 metres from the posts. Robshaw immediately nominated the kick at goal but Owen Farrell, England's replacement fly-half, appeared to take issue with his skipper's choice. Television replays showed Robshaw apparently using up valuable seconds asking referee Nigel Owens if he could change his mind, but Owens correctly refused, Farrell was obliged to kick the goal and any chance of England scoring again was lost when they fumbled South Africa's restart.
Robshaw said: "We discussed it and I have to make those calls, it's on me. I thought we had time [to score again], but we didn't catch the restart and it didn't go our way. We had tried to drive them a couple of times before and didn't have much luck, and that was part of my thinking.'' Asked whether the deliberation had in part been forced by Robshaw's much-discussed choice of line-outs over goal kicks in the previous week's loss to Australia, Farrell said: "The people here are strong enough characters to know what to do." England's head coach, Stuart Lancaster, said: "We will wait to discuss the decisions until the emotion's taken out of it. Fundamentally the purpose of the captain is to make the decisions and the players back him."
Farrell – who also described the solitary try of the match by South Africa as "a freak" – had come on for Toby Flood, who is set to miss England's final autumn match against the All Blacks on Saturday with a toe injury, although a scan last night showed no fracture.
Lancaster now needs to revitalise a team with four losses and a draw in their past six matches, a run broken only by a win over lowly Fiji. He suggested South Africa had an inbuilt advantage by arriving for their end-of-season tour – they have also won in Ireland and Scotland – on the back of the high-grade Rugby Championship.
Robshaw also went for the brave-face view, when he said: "The most important thing is we are creating chances. It's now going that extra five, 10 per cent and finishing them off."
Robin van Persie to Lekhwiya: Manchester United striker linked with switch to join Michael Laudrup in Qatar
Sam Allardyce sacked -Newcastle survive - Hull relegated - LIVE: Premier League reaction to Walcott hat-trick, Liverpool defeat, Steven Gerrard goal
Jules Bianchi update: Ex-Marussia driver in a 'stagnant' condition as he continues to fight for his life after F1 crash
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal turns to Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi after Mats Hummels delay
- 1 Games of Thrones actor Lena Headey makes emotional promise to her unborn daughter
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland