Press Association Centre Cave admitted he would have been annoyed to be hit with the kind of flak that Payne received from TV3 analyst and former Ulster boss Matt Williams after Ireland’s 44-10 victory over Romania. Ex-Scotland coach Williams slammed Payne for “making really poor decisions” and kicking too frequently against Romania – but Cave believes the New Zealand-born centre is in prime form. “In fairness to Jared I’d be surprised if he’s paid much attention to it, but if it was me I would probably be pretty annoyed,” said Cave. “It can be frustrating when guys are just throwing out opinions which aren’t based on facts of what actually happened in the game, then suddenly that becomes everyone else’s opinion of guys who’ve had a couple of beers and watched the game. “Then after a week it’s the perception of half the nation and it’s just completely false. “At the end of the day it can be frustrating at times but Jared will do the right thing, he’ll keep his head down, he’ll keep working hard and he’ll keep playing well for Ireland. “The first I heard about it was after Tommy (Bowe) had been in Monday’s press conference, because Tommy and I had actually had a chat last week about how much we were both looking forward to playing beside him. “So Tommy brought it up but it’s not something that consumes us. “I actually thought the Canada game was potentially Jared’s best game in green. “I haven’t seen fully what was said about him but I’ve seen a few things. “And it’s just opinion at the end of the day, it’s not really based on fact. “I heard about him apparently kicking the ball away too much but I think he kicked the ball twice and both times it was penalty advantage, and both times we went back for the penalty. “So we’ll deal with facts not opinions. “And I really enjoyed playing alongside him when I was named at 12 and he was named at 13 beside me, I knew I’d feel very comfortable in there.” Rob Kearney remains a doubt for the vital Pool D clash against Italy on Sunday after scans confirmed a minor gluteal tear, but Ireland bosses expect the full-back to recover in time to start at London’s Olympic Stadium. Kearney suffered a bang to his hip and the minor muscle tear in his buttock in scoring almost straight after coming off the bench in Ireland’s landslide victory over Romania at Wembley on Sunday. Ireland can secure quarter-final qualification by seeing off Italy this weekend, and ought to have Keith Earls back in action after the Munster flyer completed his head-injury protocols following a bang to the neck at the weekend. Cave is keen to hold onto the 12 shirt and continue his midfield partnership with Payne after a solid effort against Romania, but may struggle given Robbie Henshaw’s return to full fitness after hamstring trouble. “Jared’s an incredible communicator and a lot of his qualities, you can almost see the way he’s been brought up, everything he does is so simple,” said Cave. “I think he sees space really well, he makes really good, strong decisions on the ball and he’s a good communicator so he’s really good to defend with. “And at the end of the day you want to play with guys who make your job easier, and the amount of information he gives you, I think he’s done very well for Ireland over the past while. “And if anything I suppose I’d be a bit jealous that I haven’t got as many games as he has over the last year and done as well as he has.” Darren Cave has warned the TV pundits to stick to the facts when criticising Ireland’s World Cup performances, in an impassioned defence of team-mate Jared Payne.
By Mark GleesonPORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – England won the third test on Monday, but made heavy weather of wrapping up South Africa’s tail on the last day at St George’s Park to go 2-1 up in the series after a dominant innings and 53-run victory.England needed four wickets to win in their 500th overseas test, but had to overcome late resistance and feisty 71 from Keshav Maharaj and 39 from debutant Dane Paterson before completing the task 10 minutes before lunch.They bowled South Africa out for 237 in their second innings for a commanding victory after forcing the follow-on, when the home side were 209 all out in their first innings in reply to a mammoth 499 for nine declared.Maharaj and Paterson put on a ground Test record partnership of 99 for the last wicket as they frustrated the England bowlers. But it was only a matter of time before England completed their first away victory by an innings since success in Sydney in 2011.“It’s a great template for how we want to play our Test cricket with big first innings score and drive it on from there,” said England captain Joe Root. It took just three balls on Monday for England to claim their first victim as Stuart Broad forced Vernon Philander (14) to play an inside edge onto his pad that popped up for Ollie Pope to take his sixth catch of the match.Mark Wood’s first ball after replacing Broad saw him force Kagiso Rabada into a leading edge which flew up to mid-on where Broad took an easy catch. Rabada, who will miss the last test because of suspension, scored 16 off 24 balls. Dom Bess’ first over saw him skid a ball on to bowl Anrich Nortje (5), leaving Paterson to join Maharaj for a late cameo that proved the home side’s best partnership of a poor test performance.Maharaj was eventually run out, but not before smashing his way to a second Test 50. Root bowled 10 successive overs as he went in search for a first Test five wicket haul, having taken four overnight, but without success.He even tried his luck with the new ball but Maharaj hit him for three successive fours and then two sixes in an over before the England skipper took himself off.ENGLAND COMPLETE..ENGLAND 1st innings 499 for 9( declared)South Africa 1st inningsDean Elgar c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 35Pieter Malan c&b Dom Bess 18Zubayr Hamza c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 10Anrich Nortje c Joe Root b Ben Stokes 18Faf du Plessis c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 8Rassie van der Dussen b Dom Bess 24Quinton de Kock b Sam Curran 63Vernon Philander b Stuart Broad 27Keshav Maharaj b Stuart Broad 0Kagiso Rabada c Mark Wood b Stuart Broad 1Dane Paterson Not Out 0Extras 4b 0lb 0nb 0pen 1w 5Total (86.4 overs) 209 all outFall of Wickets : 1-50 Malan, 2-60 Hamza, 3-63 Elgar, 4-71 du Plessis, 5-109 van der Dussen, 6-154 Nortje, 7-208 Philander, 8-208 de Kock, 9-208 Maharaj, 10-209 RabadaBowling : Stuart Broad 13.4 – 6- 30 – 3, Sam Curran 11 – 2 – 32 – 1,Dom Bess 31 – 12 – 51 – 5, Mark Wood 11 – 4 – 31 – 0 (1w),Joe Denly 4 – 1 – 10 – 0, Joe Root 11 – 4 – 25- 0,Ben Stokes 5 – 1 – 26 – 1.SOUTH AFRICA 2nd inningsPieter Malan lbw Joe Root 12Dean Elgar b Mark Wood 15Zubayr Hamza c Jos Buttler b Mark Wood 2Faf du Plessis c Ollie Pope b Joe Root 36Rassie van der Dussen c Ollie Pope b Joe Root 10Quinton de Kock c Mark Wood b Joe Root 3Vernon Philander c Ollie Pope b Stuart Broad 13Keshav Maharaj Run Out Sam Curran 71Kagiso Rabada c Stuart Broad b Mark Wood 16Anrich Nortje b Dom Bess 5Dane Paterson Not Out 39Extras 12b 1lb 1nb 0pen 1w 15Total (88.5 overs) 237 all outFall of Wickets : 1-18 Elgar, 2-22 Hamza, 3-44 Malan, 4-66 van der Dussen, 5-74 de Kock, 6-83 du Plessis, 7-102 Philander, 8-128 Rabada, 9-138 Nortje, 10-237 MaharajBowling: Stuart Broad 10 – 5 – 14 – 1 (1nb),Sam Curran 6 – 0 – 46 – 0, Mark Wood 16.5 – 6 – 32 – 3 (1w), Dom Bess 22 – 11 – 36 – 1, Ben Stokes 5 – 2 – 9 – 0, Joe Root 29 – 13- 87 – 4 .