A lapse in judgement by England captain and good defensive back pedaling helped the Springboks beat the Roses 16-15 at a rainswept Twickenham.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is counting on the fact that victory, not conservative rugby, will be remembered, writes Andy Capostagno.
Pat Lambie was named to start at flyhalf for the Springbok rugby Test against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Following a Test match season that failed to ignite for South Africa, the domestic year draws to a close over the next month in schizophrenic fashion.
Springbok utility back Patrick Lambie's unavailability for Currie Cup duty this week has left Sharks coach John Plumtree a frustrated man.
Schalk Burger has become only the fifth player to win the South African Rugby Union's rugby player of the year award more than once.
The Springboks' World Cup squad will be announced on Tuesday and Frans Steyn and Pat Lambie have less than 24 hours to prove their fitness.
Butch James is on the bench and Lambie is at fullback as Morné takes over at flyhalf.
A hamstring injury has ruled Springbok full-back Francois Steyn out of the Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand.
Lock Gerhard Mostert and Patrick Lambie at fullback are set for their first starts in the Springboks' Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks.
Flyhalf Patrick Lambie instigated a second-half comeback as the Sharks snatched a 30-30 draw against the Lions in their clash at Ellis Park.
The homeless Canterbury Crusaders say losing is not an option this weekend as they play the Coastal Sharks in London.