Eddie Jones punched the air as well he might, the crowd erupted. It was a famous victory, one that takes all the pressure off Jones and his England team.
Such a win with an under-strength team bodes well for their World Cup hopes. There are games when muscle and bone can be trumped by heart and soul.
This was one of them. South African might, in the main, had England in all sorts of problems in the first half yet they endured.
They had faith in each other and they had faith in the cause. They really ought to have been holed below the plumb line, drowning as a sea of green shirts swept over them.
But they held firm. It was enough to rouse the Twickenham crowd and put doubt into the minds of South Africans. It was a reflection of the pressure they were under. Somehow England clung on, scrabbling and resisting as best they could. England tried to shift the ball quickly from the base but the difference in class told with one penalty given away as the front row caved in and then a ball lost against the head.
It was grim, troubling stuff. There was a sense of inevitability building through the first half.
It was against the grain. England had been on their uppers, the opposition 22 metre area no more than a speck on the horizon, visited not once, evidence of Springbok superiority. Suddenly there was life. Suddenly there was hope. And Twickenham began to stir.
Farrell then opted to take a penalty from distance which came up short when Daly would have been the better option.
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England, though, had their dander up. Brad Shields had a sniff with Chris Ashton lurking inside.
It was breathless stuff. A Pollard penalty three minutes later grazed the post. Twickenham held its breath.
And then exploded with delight. For me, a winning game is a pretty game.