Cape Town - The Junior Springboks have crashed out of the World Rugby U20 Championship, losing 32-31 to England in an epic semi-final encounter in France.
Like their pool match against France, South Africa started poorly with England running into a 19-0 lead after just 24 minutes thanks to tries through Tom Parton, Tom Hardick and Ben White, two of which were converted.
South Africa were far better in the second half and launched an epic fightback with tries through Muller Uys, Ruan Nortje and Manuel Rass but England managed a penalty through Smith and a converted try by Jordan Olowofela.
When England lost James Scott to a yellow card for repeated infringements, South Africa had an extra man for the final part of the match and made it count when Asenathi Ntlabakanye crashed over for a converted try in the 74th minute to cut England's lead to just one point at 32-31.
But try as they might, the Junior Boks could not find a winning score and as a result are out of the tournament.
England will face the winner of the match between France and New Zealand.
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