Owen Farrell's monstrous game-saving hit that has divided the internet

Even the All Blacks stand off when Marx has the ball

There was more drama with the clock red when Farrell clattered into Andre Esterhuizen with what could have been deemed to be a high tackle, but referee Angus Gardner saw nothing untoward after taking another look and England were able to celebrate a battling victory.

But they now head into a clash against the All Blacks at Twickenham on November 10 buoyed by two successive wins. You're going to do it at some stage. "Sometimes you can take what you want from it", Farrell said. We lost a few games but we played tough today and we won. You've got to understand where they're weak, understand where they're strong and be disciplined in your game plan.

Farrell was just short of distance with a penalty but put that behind him by finding his range and sending England back in front after the South Africa scrum buckled, and he had the final say with a powerful hit on Esterhuizen following Pollard's miss.

England, despite being on the defensive for so long, took a 9-8 lead early in the second period when long-range kick specialist Elliot Daly landed a penalty from just inside the Springbok half.

However, former Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald, who was forced to retire at 28 with a neck injury, said that under the new interpretation of the tackle law it should have been a "minimum of a penalty.shocking adjudicating" while Sunday Times journalist Stephen Jones described the decision as ludicrous.

"To beat the New Zealanders you've got to be unbelievably disciplined", he said.

This time past year, the clamour for England to take on New Zealand was so great - and the earning potential so high - that the RFU tried to engineer a fixture against the All Blacks at short notice: the challengers versus the reigning world champions.

Farrell's penalty seven minutes from time, the third of four scored by an England team who didn't manage a try, nudged the hosts into a one-point lead.

As a rugby referee, you probably dread having to make a call, after the hooter, that could potentially decide the test match.

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