- Tries for Malins and Crossdale not enough
- South Africa prevail thanks to second-half surge
South Africa 23 England Under 18 16
England suffered their first and only defeat of the Under 18 International Series on Saturday, going down 23-16 to South Africa in the final game of their tour at City Park Stadium, Cape Town.
The tie ended at two tries apiece, England’s efforts coming through Max Malins and Ali Crossdale.
However, successful South African conversions and two penalties proved to be the difference between the two sides.
A penalty within three minutes had given John Fletcher's side an early lead but South Africa took the ascendancy mid-way through the first half with a converted try and penalty.
England responded when Malins went over but the advantage was short lived as South Africa clocked up 13 points in the space of 10 minutes.
With both sides down to 14 men and 69 minutes on the clock, Crossdale scored England’s second try but the tourists were unable to claw back any more of the host nation's advantage.
England Under 18 to face South Africa
15. Darren Atkins (Bath Rugby, Millfield School)
14. Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins, Wellington College)
13. Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie, Prince Henry's)
12. Max Malins (Saracens, Felsted)
11. Roti Segun (Unattached, Stowe School)
10. Theo Brophy Clews (London Irish, Abingdon School)
9. Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs, Blundells School)
1. Jake Pope (Sale Sharks, Myerscough College)
2. Joe Mullis (Gloucester Rugby, Chosen Hill)
3. Billy Walker (Saracens, Oaklands College)
4. Archie White (Harlequins, Epsom College)
5. Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, Haileybury College)
6. Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby, Merchiston Castle School)
7. Will Allman (Northampton Saints, Trent College)
8. Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, Gosforth Academy, captain)
16. Curtis Langdon (London Irish, St Pauls Sunbury)
17. Billy Keast (Exeter Chiefs, Truro College)
18. Charlie Capps (Yorkshire Carnegie, Prince Henry's)
19. Alex Moon (Northampton Saints, Sedbergh School)
20. Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby, Millfield School)
21. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins, Trinity)
22. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, Lymm HS)
23. Dominic Morris (Saracens, New Hall School)
24. Ali Crossdale (Newcastle Falcons, Sedbergh School)
England Under 18 tour results
7 August: England Under 18 15 France Under 18 7, City Park Stadium, Cape Town
11 August: England Under 18 33 South Africa Under 18 8, Outeniqua Park, George
15 August: England Under 18 16 South Africa Under 18 23, City Park Stadium, Cape Town