The most annoying thing for me is I couldn't work out how we were going to play. Our attack consisted of shit passes from Youngs to a nearby forward who ran straight into a massive Springbok. There's no chance we set out to play like that, surely?!
Also, Daly is not a fullback as long as I have a hole in my arse. He's physically and mentally soft, average-poor under the high ball and prone to mistakes. And the less said about Youngs the better, he was a legitimate disgrace today. I'd argue that we have comfortably the worst scrum half of any Tier 1 nation. The fact he makes the occasional break seems to mean he's immune to criticism from the press and Eddie. Slade also seems to go missing when the going gets tough, and Farrell's limitations were there for all to see today - his 'defending' for the last try
One final thing, why did we never try to chip in behind the defence? We know they rush up fast and narrow, but we never even thought to take advantage of the space behind. I thought that's what Slade was brought in to do when he came on, but no dice.
It was all very poor today, not helped by some abysmal refereeing at the ruck. There was one breakdown where he told Marx to get his hands off the ball, he didn't, he went around the side, told him again and he took a good few seconds to let go. He couldn't seem to blow quick enough for us, though. The one where Vermeulen turned the ball over but he still played advantage for us holding on was equally perplexing.
That being said, he wasn't the reason we lost today. We only have ourselves to blame for shooting ourselves in the foot with our selection and tactics. Youngs should never play for England again, IMO.
Oh, and what's up with Billy? Have teams worked him out? He's been poor all World Cup.