South Africa
31 - 30
2014/06/21 | 15:00 |  Internationals | Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit |  Full Time

As it happened: Boks v Wales

2014-06-21 17:00
Last Updated at 19:15
                SOUTH AFRICA 31-30 WALES

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Late shoulder charge by Liam Williams on Cornal Hendricks which led to the winning penalty try... - Rugby15/Hilton Kotze


Willie le Roux scored another crucial try late in the game for the Boks... -

My word, what a match! Wales are still without a win in South Africa and will wonder how they let this one slip.

Credit must go to South African though who somehow found a way to dig deep and score two late tries.

The Welsh will no doubt complain about that last penalty try awarded to the hosts. But it was a dangerous tackle without arms and had Williams attempted a legal tackle on Hendricks, then the Bok flyer's momentum would in all likelihood have carried him over. But it was nevertheless a brave call by referee Steve Welsh it must be said!

This will be a good wake-up call for the Boks! They probably didn't deserve to win this game, but take the series 2-0.


Wales deserved to win that. Extraordinary match in light of how ordinary some of it was. Matfield's 112th Test ends in victory - Jean Smyth


Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen received the best player award.

FULL-TIME: South Africa 31-30 Wales

80'- After 17 phases, Wales run out of patience as Biggar attempts another long-range drop. He comfortably misses...

80'- One last-gasp chance for Wales as the hooter sounds...

79'- Wales win the ensuing kick-off and Biggar attempts a long-range drop attempt. It doesn't have the legs, and Willie le Roux catches it before kicking out.

One more lineout left...

78'- With 90 seconds left, South Africa lead for the first time in the game!

It was interesting to note that Williams was not sent to the sin-bin after that penalty try...

78'- CONVERSION by Steyn.

SA 31-30 Wales


Only question has to be whether Hendricks would have scored if a legitimate tackle had been made? Either way, Boks very lucky! - Front Row Grunt

All emotion aside, it was an illegal tackle yes. But am very unsure that you can then say it was a guaranteed try - Will Carling

77'- PENALTY TRY! Referee Walsh agrees with me and awards a penalty try. Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones is not happy, but the decision stands.

77'- Replays show Wales fullback Liam Williams basically shoulder barge Hendricks out.

This could easily be a penalty try!

77'- Oh-so-close as Cornal Hendricks is tackled out just before the tryline. But referee Walsh wants to check upstairs to see if the tackle on him was legal...

76'- With the Boks back to their full complement, they put massive pressure on the Welsh scrum to win a penalty.

Steyn kicks it deep into Welsh territory. Here's a chance for South African to sneak a win!

74'- OUCH! Bok captain Victor Matfield has a dislocated finger. But he'll soldier on!

73'- The Boks have a pulse in this match!

73'- CONVERSION by Steyn.

SA 24-30 Wales

71'- TRY! After a concerted period of attack by the Boks, Willie le Roux snipes though next to the uprights.

70'- Boks attacking close to the Wales line. Can they force their way over?

It started after a great counter-attack deep inside their own territory.


Coenie is not a great tighthead at the best of times, but in a 7 man scrum he is being introduced to his doet! Come HM, stop the farce - Front Row Grunt

67'- 15 AGAINST 15

Flip van der Merwe has returned from the sin-bin.

67'- Yet another scrum penalty for Wales. It's just inside their own territory. Too far out for a goal-kick, but they set up a lineout...


Terrible match for the Boks. Could be just what the doctor ordered one year ahead of the World Cup. Time to clean out dead wood - Ruck&Droll

65'- Schalk Brits is now on at hooker in place of Bismarck du Plessis. Can he make the necessary impact?

65'- PENALTY slotted by Biggar.

SA 17-30 Wales

64'- A MASSIVE Welsh scrum leads to a penalty, right in front of the posts.

63'- Eight Welsh phases close to the Bok 22m area leads to an "unplayable", which means another Welsh scrum in a decent part of the field for them.

60'- The 7-man Springbok scrum is demolished by Wales... Another attacking opportunity inside South African territory for Wales.


Agh Flip ... That's naughty meneer ... Right call, and Boks in a world of hurt - Front Row Grunt

58'- The Boks have now brought on Coenie Oosthuizen for Jannie du Plessis.


Bok lock Flip van der Merwe is sent to the sin-bin for taking out a Welshman in the air. That's a fair call in my book.

57'- Biggar kicks the PENALTY to extend Wales' lead back to 10 points.

SA 17-27 Wales

56'- Immediately, from the ensuing kick-off, the Boks concede a penalty when Matfield holds on for too long...

55'- Steyn slots the PENALTY from in front, about 30m out.

SA 17-24 Wales

53'- Another kickable penalty for South Africa. This time sanity prevails as they opt for the three points...

50'- Matfield steals a Welsh lineout ball to put the Boks back on the attack. They then win a penalty but Fourie du Preez takes a quick tap, only to see the hosts lose the ball...

They should think about taking the three points on offer. It would bring them to within one score of Wales!

49'- Jannie du Plessis penalised at the next scrum. It gives Wales the opportunity to clear...

48'- A tighthead at the ensuing scrum for the Boks, but another knock-on gives Wales another scrum.

46'- A knock-on from Francois Louw under the posts ends a promising attacking move by South Africa...

45'- An immediate penalty to the Boks from the ensuing kick-off. They opt for a lineout...

45'- Biggar slots an easy CONVERSION.

SA 14-24 Wales


The TMO and referee agree that Owens grounded the ball legally. He initially grounded it short, and then appeared to lose control, but didn't knock it on, before it eventually went over the tryline...

44'- This will be tough call. Owens appears to have lost control, but did he knock it on?


Wales hooker Ken Owens is over the line, but the TMO must decide.

43'- A silly mistake by SA as Bismarck du Plessis is caught ahead of Steyn's kick. It gives Wales an opportunity to set up a lineout five metres out...

40' - Welcome back for the second half. An early chance as the Boks fail to grab a high ball. Almost a try for Wales, but some good scrambling defence by Matfield saves the day...


Cornal Hendricks scores for South Africa... -


Is that the old South African flag? Some old habits die hard for some fans... (Picture:
Dan Lombard - Twitter)

HALF-TIME: South Africa 14-17 Wales

Wow, what an action packed first half. Some great composure shown by the Boks to get back in it after trailing 17-0 after 23 minutes.

39'- Wales back to 14 men now as Charteris comes back on from the sin-bin.


Pieterson provided the spark, Willie the fuel and Cornal was the flame. That's as good a try we will see all week - Rugga World

38'- It's all South Africa now as they look to take full advantage of a two-man advantage...

36'- 13-man Wales all at sea now as the ensuing kick-off is also kicked out directly into touch.

35'- CONVERSION by Steyn.

SA 14-17 Wales

34'- TRY!!! From the ensuing kick-off, the Boks run back at Wales and the move ends with Cornal Hendricks finishing near the corner. Great vision and hand skills by Willie le Roux, in particular.

33'- CONVERSION by Steyn, who is now back on after he was off for blood.

SA 7-17 Wales


Wales flyhalf Dan Biggar is also off for 10 minutes after illegally coming in to collapse the Bok driving maul.

32'- PENALTY TRY to South Africa after Wales collapse another driving maul from a lineout.

30'- Another Bok penalty as Gethin Jenkins gets a warning from referee Walsh. He nearly sends him off as well...


Wales lock Luke Charteris is sent off for 10 minutes after deliberately pulling down the Bok driving maul close to the tryline.

27'- A kickable penalty to the Boks as Wales pull down their driving maul. Matfield opts for the lineout instead though...


It is a complete and utter horror show for the Boks out there. Wales winning every single collision! 0-17! Messy, messy, messy - Front Row Grunt

25'- Schalk Burger is also on now for the Boks, with Willem Alberts off.

23'- Willie le Roux fails to deal another high ball. Referee Walsh wants to check with the TMO if he was illegally impeded in the air.

He wasn't though, it was a fair call. Good decision.

23'- The Boks have brought on Ruan Pienaar in place of Morne Steyn.

23'- Biggar kicks the relatively easy CONVERSION.

SA 0-17 Wales

21'- TRY! Wales wing Alex Cuthbert barges over after a concerted period of attack by Wales. Poor defence by the Boks though.

21'- More pressure on the Boks are Steyn fails to handle a rolling kick through by Wales...

20'- CONVERSION by Biggar.

SA 0-10 Wales

18'- TRY! Wales centre Jamie Roberts goes over under the posts. It was started by a decent scrum, followed by a great break by wing Alex Cuthbert who broke the Springbok line before off-loading to Roberts.

17'- Willie le Roux drops a high ball just outside his own 22m area to give Wales a great chance to attack...

16'- Steyn follows up his penalty miss by kicking a ball out directly into touch. Not the best start by South Africa here today.

16'- Steyn's kick is long enough, but it's away to the left...

15'- Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones penalised for infringing in the lineout. Steyn will line up a kick from just inside the Welsh half...

14' - Wales have definitely brought their passion and intensity to this game! Boks look a bit on the back foot...


Red tide at breakdown so far. Boks must up intensity - Rob Houwing

13'- Biggar slots the PENALTY from almost in front to put Wales into the lead.

SA 0-3 Wales

12'- An easy kickable penalty to Wales as Jannie du Plessis is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle...


Bob Skinstad: "Anyone who said the Boks are just going to roll over Wales, would not have done his homework" ... Aimed at studio? - Front Row Grunt

9'- After the fourth scrum of the match, the Boks finally get the upper hand and win a penalty. Good work by The Beast, who has Samson Lee in trouble!

7'- The Boks show some enterprise as they attempt to run the ball from their own 22m area. A good break from Habana leads to nothing when Pietersen knocks on badly just before the halfway line...

4'- Biggar misses. The Boks are off the hook!

3'- An early kickable penalty to Wales as the Boks are caught holding on too long.

Dan Biggar to line up a kick from close to the touchline...

2'- A strong first scrum from Wales is followed up by a superb break from scrumhalf Mike Phillips which puts them into Bok territory...

1'- A good start by the Boks as they attack close to the Welsh 22m area, but a knock-on from Duane Vermeulen brings relief for Wales.


Wow that pitch is looking superb! - Irene Nell

15:00 - Morne Steyn gets the game started...

15:00 - Steve Walsh, a former Kiwi-turned-Aussie, is today's referee...

14:58 - Karlien van Jaarsveld, wife of former Bok flyhalf Derick Hougaard, sings the SA national anthem.

14:56 - There's not a great crowd in at the Mbombela Stadium. There have been reports of traffic difficulties getting to the ground...

14:56 - All set now for the national anthems...

14:55 - A huge cheer for Matfield as he leads out his team. He becomes the most capped Springbok today with 112 Test caps.


Sunshine! Perfect conditions for running rugby today!

14:54 - Lock Alun Wyn Jones leads out his Welsh team...

Former Springbok loose forward AJ Venter has backed the Boks to win by 20 points today, while former Bok wing Ashwin Willemse was even more bold. He predicted a 49-18 win to South Africa!


Derick Hougaard mystery solved. He's commentating for Welsh radio and his wife (Karlien van Jaarsveld) is currently performing and also singing the national anthem - Jean Smyth


Nelspruit is turning it on. A chopper hovers low over the stadium with "Go Bokke" written on the underside - EWN Sport


Victor Matfield today becomes the most capped Springbok in history. Here are his career stats - Jean Smyth


Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White says the Boks will easily win today's Test.

"Wales have played against Southern Hemisphere teams 25 times in the last while and only won once. They have never beaten South Africa in South Africa."

I tend to agree with White's opinion...


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Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Francesco Pastrana (Argentina)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)


2014: South Africa won 38-16, Durban
2013: South Africa won 24-15, Cardiff
2011: South Africa won 17-16, Wellington
2010: South Africa won 29-25, Cardiff
2010: South Africa won 34-31, Cardiff
2008: South Africa won 20-15, Cardiff
2008: South Africa won 37-21, Pretoria
2008: South Africa won 43-17, Bloemfontein
2007: South Africa won 34-12, Cardiff
2005: South Africa won 33-16, Cardiff



15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Wynand Olivier, 23 Lwazi Mvovo


15 Liam Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Paul James, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 James Hook, 23 Matthew Morgan

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's match between the Springboks and Wales from the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit!

  • 80'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 31-30 Ouch. That must sting for Wales. They will have one more chance from the kick-off.

  • 80'

    Wales must get themselves within drop-goal range. They're 40 metres out so far. Clock is red.

  • 80'

    That's it! Biggar's drop from half-way is nowhere near. Sickening, simply sickening for Wales. But a stunning game of rugby with a thrilling conclusion. Thanks for joining us.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    PENALTY TRY, SOUTH AFRICA! It's a penalty try! Astonishing scenes. South Africa, surely, have won it at the death. Liam Williams shoulder-charged Hendricks into touch. That must be it!

  • 78'

    Try-saving tackle in the corner! Williams saves the day for Wales as Hendricks powers in at the corner. We go upstairs for foul play. It's definitely no try.

  • 77'

    Penalty Boks! Monstrous counter-ruck over the top of Faletau will allow the hosts to gain the field position for one last crack at the line. Three minutes left, lineout on the Welsh 22. Here we go!

  • 76'

    A series of scrums winds the clock down another minute or two. Four to go. Six points the difference. History beckons for Wales.

  • 74'


  • 73'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LE ROUX! 22-30 Oh, what a finish we have in store now! Wonderful finish from le Roux. Feet, pace and vision like no-one else on this pitch. Super Wales defence, but it just couldn't last. Game on!

  • 70'

    The Boks win a penalty and they're back on the ball again. 13 points down, 10 minutes to go. They need two converted tries. Can they do it?

  • 69'

    Another scrum penalty for Wales on halfway. It's too far for Biggar, and they kick downfield instead. Van der Merwe returns.

  • 67'


  • 66'

    Scrum penalty! Wales can go for three more, and a 13-point advantage.

  • 65'

    Wales on the attack again, and most of Nelspruit infuriated by Walsh's decision to award them the scrum. Looked like the hosts had pinched it.

  • 61'

    Beast knocks the ball on after a break from Le Roux, and Wales have a scrum on their own 10m line. They're looking good, but this next ten minutes is huge with a man advantage.

  • 59'

    YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, VAN DER MERWE! Flip is next to see the flash of Walsh's yellow card for taking out Wyn Jones in the air. Good call.

  • 57'

    PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 17-27 But what a brilliant riposte from Wales and Jenkins yet again making his presence felt at the breakdown.

  • 56'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 17-24 The gap is cut to seven by Steyn from forty metres.

  • 53'

    Biggar goes out on the full from midfield as he looks to probe the corners. Wales doing well to disrupt the big Boks in defence, though.

  • 51'

    A scrum penalty gets Wales out of trouble again, with suspicions of a squint feed and foot-up from the visitors. The Boks are off and running yet again, however.

  • 50'

    Huge, try-saving tackle from Davies on Louw after Wales disrupt the Boks maul really well. The flanker knoks on.

  • 47'


  • 47'

    Boks right back up there with a penalty on the visitors' 22, though. Steyn to the corner.

  • 46'

    Could it be try #3 for Wales?! Owens reckons he's snuck over. We go upstairs...

  • 46'

    TRY, WALES, OWENS! 14-22 It's given! Wales stretch their lead once more.

  • 44'

    Super work at the breakdown from Jenkins, who wins Wales the penalty. Biggar back on now. Wales up to their full compliment anew.

  • 42'

    Great chase between Wyn Jones and Matfield down in the Boks' 22. The Welsh skipper just spills forward.

  • 40'

    Wales crying out for the half-time whistle as they survive another Boks attack with a penalty. Charteris re-enters with the clock now red. What a see-sawing half it's been!

  • 40'


  • 40'

    We're back underway in Nelspruit.

  • 39'

    It's all South Africa now as they squeeze Wales back into their own 22 again.

  • 36'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 14-17 From absolutely nowhere, South Africa are back.

  • 35'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, HENDRICKS! 12-17 What a turnaround! The extra men undoubtedly telling as the Boks go from 80 metres. JP Pietersen bursts through midfield from his own 22, feeds le Roux, who jinks one way, then the other before floating a glorious pass out to Hendricks. Try-time.

  • 34'

    PENALTY TRY, SOUTH AFRICA! 5-17 The power of the Boks is just too much in the end. Walsh goes for the sticks, and Wales go down to 13 with Biggar sent packing.

  • 34'


  • 32'

    "I am very prepared to put another one in the bin," says Steve Walsh, as Jenkins comes in the side for Wales. Corner for the third time, but the lineout is overthrown! Wales hammer it clear.

  • 30'

    YELLOW CARD, WALES, CHARTERIS! Charteris barrels in the side of the maul, then hauls it down. Yellow from Steve Walsh; corner again for the Boks.

  • 29'

    And again, an infringement allows the Boks to go for the corner. Here they come with the maul...

  • 28'

    Wales attacking once more, but this time are penalised. Breathing space for the bewildered Boks.

  • 25'

    CONVERSION, WALES, BIGGAR! 0-17 A seventeen point lead for Wales now.

  • 24'

    TRY, WALES, CUTHBERT! 0-15 This is phenomenal stuff from Wales. Brilliant, disciplined, cohesive rugby. They're making ground with every carry against the powerful Boks, and eventually the pressure tells, as Cuthbert blasts his way over. The Springboks looking shaky.

  • 22'


  • 20'

    TRY, WALES, ROBERTS! 0-8 What a start from the visitors! A first-phase move sees Cuthbert batter through the Boks midfield and offload to send Roberts under the sticks.

  • 18'

    And it doesn't get much better for Steyn as he puts the ball out on the full soon after when looking for territory. Wales will have the throw-in on halfway.

  • 17'

    Alun-Wyn Jones is penalised for being in contact with the line-out jumper so here is a chance for Steyn to level from 50 metres out. Not even close.

  • 14'

    PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR. 0-3. Jannie du Plessis is the man penalised at the breakdown so up steps Dan Biggar. That's a better strike and Wales are ahead.

  • 12'

    But the Welsh are strong in defence and eventually win a relieving penalty at ruck time. Coach Warren Gatland will surely be thrilled with this response.

  • 10'

    Scrum penalty to South Africa and that will please Jannie du Plessis. Net result is Steyn kicking up towards the Welsh 22. Chance here to strike then.

  • 8'

    Play is on halfway with Wales in possession, already enjoying more ball than last week. Now it goes to the sky before the Boks counter with Bryan Habana. However, Cornal Hendricks spills the pass inside.

  • 5'

    Wales miss a chance to take the lead as Dan Biggar is wide with a penalty attempt. It came following centre Jan Serfontein being isolated in contact.

  • 3'

    Great break from Mike Phillips off the scrum takes Wales up to halfway before the visitors use George North off his wing. Much better from Wales already.

  • 2'

    Here come the Springboks then with Duane Vermeulen carrying strongly as they set up camp 20 metres out. However, the number eight fumbles soon after. Scrum.

  • 1'

    Here we go then with Morne Steyn kicking off to his right. Referee Steve Walsh is in the middle today.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second and final Test between South Africa and Wales. Nelspruit is the setting today as the Springboks look to make it 2-0 after dominating last weekend's opener. Team news is coming up ahead of this mouth-watering game.

  • 0'

    Victor Matfield will become the most-capped Test player in the history of South African rugby when leading the Boks today. The team sees two changes with Tendai Mtawarira in at loosehead prop, with Gurthro Steenkamp moving to the bench, while Flip van der Merwe will partner Matfield in the second-row in the place of Bakkies Botha.

  • 0'

    Wales have made two changes to their side, dropping centurion Adam Jones. Scarlets prop Samson Lee will make his first start in the front-row and flanker Josh Turnbull comes into the starting side after featuring from the replacements bench last weekend.

Jump to

South Africa Wales
  • 4 Tries 3
    • 32' Penalty Try
    • 33' Cornall Hendricks
    • 71' Willie Le Roux
    • 77' Penalty Try
    • 18' Jamie Roberts
    • 21' Alex Cuthbert
    • 45' Ken Owens
  • 4 Conversions 3
    • 32' Morne Steyn
    • 35' Morne Steyn
    • 72' Morne Steyn
    • 78' Morne Steyn
    • 19' Dan Biggar
    • 22' Dan Biggar
    • 45' Dan Biggar
  • 1 Penalties 3
    • 55' Morne Steyn
    • 12' Dan Biggar
    • 56' Dan Biggar
    • 65' Dan Biggar
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 2
    • 57' Flip van der Merwe
    • 29' Luke Charteris
    • 32' Dan Biggar
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Flip van der Merwe
  • Victor Matfield
  • Francois Louw
  • Willem Alberts
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Fourie du Preez
  • Morne Steyn
  • Bryan Habana
  • Jan Serfontein
  • J.P Pietersen
  • Cornall Hendricks
  • Willie Le Roux
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Gethin Jenkins
  • Ken Owens
  • Samson Lee
  • Luke Charteris
  • Alun Wyn Jones
  • Dan Lydiate
  • Josh Turnbull
  • Taulupe Faletau
  • Mike Phillips
  • Dan Biggar
  • George North
  • Jamie Roberts
  • Jonathan Davies
  • Alex Cuthbert
  • Liam Williams
  • Schalk Brits
  • Gurthro Steenkamp
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Schalk Burger
  • Ruan Pienaar
  • Wynand Olivier
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • 16
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  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Matthew Rees
  • Paul James
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • Jake Ball
  • Dan Baker
  • Gareth Davies
  • James Hook
  • Matthew Morgan

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