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2014/11/29 | 16:30 |  Internationals | Millennium Stadium, Cardiff |  Full Time

As it happened: Wales v Springboks

2014-11-29 15:50
Last Updated at 16:14
29 Nov 18:56


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29 Nov 18:55


Wales beat the Boks 12-6

England beat the Wallabies 26-17

Ominous heading into the RWC?

29 Nov 18:54

And there's that AWFUL line again!

"Better to have happened today and not at the RWC"...

29 Nov 18:53


"I hope he can come back" and "hope he can be back for the World Cup."

29 Nov 18:52

Heyneke Meyer now talking - praises Wales as a "great side"


29 Nov 18:49

Jean de Villiers' knee injury looked serious - a 6-month out the game kind of serious

Time to call on Juan de Jongh?

Victor Matfield to assume the captaincy?

29 Nov 18:47

SuperSport in-studio guests all making excellent points

Heyneke Meyer's team selections being called in question - and rightly so!

29 Nov 18:46
29 Nov 18:39

Lots of debate on the yellow card.

Hopefully former ref Jonathan Kaplan will clarify during the week

29 Nov 18:38
Nick Mallett ranting in-studio, talking about "schoolboy errors" - lovely to hear!
29 Nov 18:35


This isn't a great Wales side, and the Boks were fortunate 31-30 winners in mid year and even luckier to win the last time the teams clashed in Wales

29 Nov 18:33

Naas Botha "extremely disappointing"

"Never looked like scoring"...

29 Nov 18:30

Would be very easy to say "it was a long season", "one Test too many"

Truth is the All Blacks played the same number of matches - and finished strong.

29 Nov 18:28
For those of you who were LUCKY enough for Eskom to cut your power during the match, seriously DON'T bother watching the highlights - there weren't any!
29 Nov 18:27

My oath the Boks have plenty to work on!

Awful against Ireland

Better against England

Average at best against Italy

Dreadful against Wales

Next 10 months until the 2015 Rugby World Cup should be interesting to say the least!

29 Nov 18:26

80' - Comical scenes to bring an end to the Test as Handre Pollard throws a forward pass to Willie le Roux (who doesn't drop the ball this time)

Game over.

29 Nov 18:26
29 Nov 18:25
80' - Into injury time now...
29 Nov 18:25


FULL-TIME: England 26-17 Australia

29 Nov 18:24
80' - Look for Willie le Roux to get a 2/10 in Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing's post match ratings piece...
29 Nov 18:23

79' - Wales No 10 DAN BIGGER gets the nod as the man of the match

Probably well deserved...

29 Nov 18:23

79' - His second knock on under no pressure in the matter of seconds.

That pretty much seals Wales' second ever win over the Boks

29 Nov 18:22
79' - My gosh Willie le Roux WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?
29 Nov 18:22
79' - Boks bumble at the scrum and Wales turn it over and kick downfield
29 Nov 18:21

78' - The last few moments sum up how woeful both the Boks and Wales have been of late

Literally ANYTHING could happen in the dying stages

29 Nov 18:21

77' - Chance for the Boks as they win a penalty and kick for touch

But they miss touch!

But hang on, Wales in an attempt to keep it in field knock it dead

5m scrum to the Boks!

29 Nov 18:19

76' - The Boks clear well from inside their own 22m

But will need to get their hands on the ball should theyw ish to pull this Test out of the fire

29 Nov 18:18

75' - Wales all over the Boks who are forced to defend after turning over the ball, but Wales knock on through Bigger.

Crucial mistakes from both sides.

Two sides WAAAAAAY off their best form

29 Nov 18:16

73' - Penalty to the Boks - and Schalk Brits doing commentary says they were "very lucky"

Another thumbsuck from the referee...

29 Nov 18:14

72' - Scrum goes through the 90 degree angle

Turnover ball. Well done Boks...

29 Nov 18:13

71' - 5m attacking scrum to Wales

Do or die for the Boks here...

Can't wait to hear Nick Mallett's post-match thoughts!

29 Nov 18:13
70' - Worth remembering that the All Blacks trailed the Welsh with 10 minutes to play - and ended up winning 34-16...
29 Nov 18:12

70' - Drop goal attempt by Dan Bigger fails to even reach the tryline BUT huge mistake by Willie le Roux who knocks it on under no pressure!

Shocking Springboks, shocking!

29 Nov 18:11

69' - All going wrong here for the Boks.

Too many new faces on the park, too soon

Eben Etzebeth the next to depart, replaced by Lood de Jager

29 Nov 18:10
68' - The Boks still within a converted try of taking the lead, but made a MASSIVE blunder from replacement Francois Hougaard!
29 Nov 18:08
66' - Referee stops the game for Leigh Halfpenny to receive treatment for a head knock. Off he goes...
29 Nov 18:08

65' - Lucky escape for the Springboks on their own tryline

Could've been game, set and match had Wales scored

29 Nov 18:05
63' - Irish referee John Lacey is going cop some serious criticism this week I suspect...
29 Nov 18:03


A ridiculous call as Hendricks is sent to the sin-bin. Both he and Halfpenny competed for the ball. Shocking decision.

29 Nov 18:02


The referee has gone upstairs for potential foul play. Bok wing Cornal Hendricks and Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny both went up for a high ball.

29 Nov 18:01
62' - Immediately, Hougaard is slow behind the base as he gets caught by a Welsh forward.
29 Nov 18:00
61' - BOK SUB: Reinach off, replaced by Hougaard.
  • 80'

    They'll have to do it the hard way...they've lost it at the scrum! The stadium is on tenterhooks as the Boks go from sixty metres.

  • 80'

    Forward pass! Pollard's pass drifts forward and Wales have done it! At long, long last, they have a precious victory over Southern Hemisphere opposition. Not a pretty game by any means, but this result will surely go some way to addressing their mental demons. Thanks for joining us.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    The ball squirts out the back, and Wales steal it! Le Roux drops the ball again, and that will surely be it with a minute to go! Surely, surely, Wales have broken their Southern Hemisphere duck?!

  • 78'

    And now Faletau is penalised for going off his feet. The Boks will stick this one in the doesn't make it! But Williams fumbles the ball over the dead-ball line! Scrum-five Boks! What a finish...

  • 76'

    South Africa stay cool, and it's a lovely kick this time from Hougaard. Up to half-way.

  • 75'

    But Wales have it back. They're into the 22 again...and Biggar knocks it on! They just cannot make it stick.

  • 74'

    Penalty Boks. They begin to work their way downfield. Still a long way to go.

  • 74'

    Penalty Boks. They begin to work their way downfield. Still a long way to go.

  • 72'

    But the scrum has wheeled through ninety degrees. South African put-in. Wales seemingly just cannot make the kill against the Southern Hemisphere big three. They are still ahead, though, and in the right part of the pitch.

  • 70'

    A shocker from Le Roux! He spills the ball metres from his own line! Big chance, again, for Wales.

  • 69'

    And now it's South Africa losing their cool. Hougaard takes a quick-tap penalty, then kicks it away almost immediately...out on the full. Silly.

  • 68'

    Halfpenny off for a head injury assessment, and Wales back on the ball in the visitors' half. Scott Williams on.

  • 66'

    Oh, sublime defence! Baldwin isolated, Strauss over the ball, a metre from the line, and he wins the penalty. Has he saved the match for South Africa?

  • 65'

    And Wales are taking full advantage of that extra man! They come sweeping forward, Davies scything his way into the 22. This is where they have to make it count!

  • 64'

    YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, HENDRICKS! Well, the Boks are down to fourteen men. Hendricks binned for taking Halfpenny out in the air even though both players were challenging for the ball. Poor decision.

  • 63'

    Here come the Boks once more, though! Nizaam Carr is on, and he's already making big inroads into the Welsh defence. We're going to the TMO for a spot of foul play - possibly a player being held back.

  • 62'

    Good defence again from the hosts. Etzebeth upended by Jenkins, and Warburton wins the penalty.

  • 61'

    Gutsy from Wales, running it out from their own line. Roberts loses possession, but Williams saves the day, calling the mark from Pollard's chip.

  • 59'

    It is a truly horrendous knee dislocation for the Boks captain, who is carted off on a stretcher. Could that be a big blow for SA World Cup aspirations? On comes de Allende. And we're back into the thick of things with a Welsh scrum.

  • 58'

    PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 12-6 Halfpenny bisects the uprights with a booming hit. Pollard on for the Boks, with Lambie off. Du Plessis replaced by Strauss, and Nyakane on for Oosthuizen.

  • 58'

    A really nasty-looking injury for captain de Villiers right from the restart. The skipper is down and clearly in agony. Play stopped for now.

  • 57'

    Scrum of the day from Wales. Wow. They obliterate the Boks and march them back six, seven, eight metres to win a penalty. Halfpenny will go for the posts.

  • 56'

    Bad error from Lambie who spills a routine pass from Reinach. His mind was already on the kick. Scrum Wales, just inside SA territory.

  • 54'

    PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 9-6 Over she goes. Wales back in the lead.

  • 53'

    And the penalties keep coming. Oosthuizen in from the side on his own 22. Halfpenny again can put Wales ahead.

  • 52'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE! 6-6 Super strike from the pivot, and we're level again almost immediately.

  • 50'

    But from the resultant scrum, the Boks have a penalty, and Lambie will go for goal right from the middle of the pitch.

  • 49'

    PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 6-3 ...And it is! Straightforward for Halfpenny, and to top it off, Lambie's restart drifts out of play on the full.

  • 47'

    And now Wales have a very kickable penalty. Du Plessis caught on his own, and Warburton does what Warburton does. Over the ball, and John Lacey raises his arm. This should be 6-3...

  • 45'

    Wales do well to defend that one, though, and Williams prods the ball into the visitors' half for a lineout.

  • 43'

    Then Wales try to force things with nothing on, and Davies throws a poor pass under pressure. Scrum Boks.

  • 42'

    Vermeulen is nothing short of a one-man wrecking ball. He absolutely scuttles Gethin Jenkins, who has his head on the wrong side once more. Matfield spills, however, and Wales have the scrum.

  • 40'

    But it's well-disrupted by the home defence, who win a scrum, and Webb puts it out to end the half. We are deadlocked at the break.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    The teams have reemerged and we're ready to go again in Cardiff. Absolutely nothing between the two sides. Lambie kicks-off.

  • 39'

    And right back on again. Silly lineout penalty conceded, and the Boks will go for the corner and the dreaded maul.

  • 38'

    Pressure relieved, however, with a penalty and a clearance from Biggar.

  • 36'

    Big pressure now coming on from the Boks, though, as they take the scrum against the head. De Villiers and Vermeulen heavily involved, but the ball is spilled.

  • 33'

    Big, big fend and break from Eben Etzebeth, who has the line in his sights. But it's little Leigh Halfpenny who cuts him down - even with his head on the wrong side - with a super tackle, forcing a knock-on in the process.

  • 32'

    Slides wide of the posts. 32nd minute, just six points on the scoreboard.

  • 30'

    And Le Roux clears for the visitors. All about the power of Duane Vermeulen - again - to make the initial ground and create space for the kick. And no surprises as the Boks all-conquering lineout claims another steal, and Wales fail to roll away. Lambie goes for goal.

  • 28'

    But super maul defence thwarts Wales anew. They win a penalty, and go for the corner. The whole backline is in the line here!

  • 28'

    That is outstanding maul defence. Simply outstanding. It looked for all the world that Wales' fifteen-man maul was heading for the line, but somehow the Boks get it down, and wrap up possession. Turnover, scrum SA.

  • 26'

    And again, Mvovo saves the day for the Boks. Smart rugby from Wales with the grubber kick into the corner yet again - this time, it's Davies who puts boot to ball. Big chance...and it's a ten-man lineout!

  • 25'

    Oh, lovely play, Pat Lambie. Ball stolen, and the baby-faced 10 breaks thirty metres and kicks into the corner. But equally well done to Halfpenny, who rescues the situation with a great bit of cover defence to clear his lines. Wales wind up with a penalty.

  • 23'

    Here come Wales again, though. Warburton with a looping pass through his legs, and Biggar nudges into the corner. Le Roux's kick is poor, and Wales find themselves in the visitors' 22 once more. Can they make it count?

  • 21'

    And big, bad Bismark du Plessis wraps himself over the ball and wins a penalty for the Boks. Wales attacking reasonably well, but execution letting them down in the face of a monstrous SA defence.

  • 19'

    Composure lacking. Counter-rucking excellent. Wales drop the ball under great pressure at the breakdown from Matfield and co.

  • 18'

    Harsh penalty against Etzebeth for an aerial fifty-fifty contest with Biggar. Smart play from Wales, though, who win the lineout, move it wide, and Williams' kick into the corner leaves Mvovo with no option but to run it out metres from his own line.

  • 16'

    It glances the left upright and falls away. Close, but no cigar. Williams spills the subsequent restart, and the Boks sweep forward. Le Roux kicks ahead, and Wales recover well with Baldwin - the Ospreys hooker has had a busy opening period.

  • 13'

    The ball changing hands thanks to a spot of aerial ping-pong. Welsh fans unhappy after Biggar is felled chasing his own kick. John Lacey saw nothing in it, but does award the hosts a penalty as Reinach goes off his feet at the breakdown. Halfpenny with go for goal, from way out on the left.

  • 10'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE! 3-3 Biggar concedes a penalty just inside his own half - rather harshly, it must be said, after he ripped possession from Eben Etzebeth. Lambie for three...and it's good. Super kick. All square.

  • 8'

    Vermeulen again involved as he wins a penalty for holding on. Just prior to that, Alex Cuthbert plucked a lovely Biggar cross-kick from the skies. We should see more of that as the game wears on.

  • 6'

    Huuuuuge hit on Roberts by Vermeulen! The number eight with his second crunching tackle of the opening five minutes. The Boks kick long, too long, and it's a 22 drop-out for the hosts.

  • 4'

    PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 3-0 No problem for the full-back; encouraging start for the hosts.

  • 3'

    They look to have lost the ball, but there was an early tackle on Rhys Webb, and Leigh Halfpenny has a chance to open the scores from the right-hand side.

  • 2'

    The fly-half with a brilliant take and a couple of classy touches as Wales take possession and go through the phases on the Boks 22.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this Test between Wales and South Africa which is being played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Don't go away! We'll return soon with team news.

  • 0'

    South Africa have made five changes to their starting lineup for this Test. Bismarck du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira both start in the front row, while the remaining changes come in the three-quarters. Willie le Roux is back in the side at full-back, while Lwazi Mvovo and Cornall Hendricks also come in for a new back three.

  • 0'

    Wales have made three changes to their side after last weekend''s loss to New Zealand. Liam Williams will take George North''s place on the left wing in the only back-line change while in the front row Gethin Jenkins and Scott Baldwin replace Paul James and Richard Hibbard respectively.

  • 0'

    The teams are out in Cardiff - Wales seeking a long-awaited victory over Southern Hemisphere opposition; the Boks looking to end their tour on a high.

  • 0'

    And we're off! Dan Biggar gets us underway.

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Wales South Africa
  • 0 Tries 0
  • 0 Conversions 0
  • 4 Penalties 2
    • 3' Leigh Halfpenny
    • 47' Leigh Halfpenny
    • 52' Leigh Halfpenny
    • 56' Leigh Halfpenny
    • 9' Patrick Lambie
    • 50' Patrick Lambie
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 62' Cornal Hendricks
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Gethin Jenkins
  • Scott Baldwin
  • Samson Lee
  • Jake Ball
  • Alun Wyn Jones
  • Dan Lydiate
  • Sam Warburton
  • Taulupe Faletau
  • Rhys Webb
  • Dan Biggar
  • Liam Williams
  • Jamie Roberts
  • Jonathan Davies
  • Alex Cuthbert
  • Leigh Halfpenny
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  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Victor Matfield
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Patrick Lambie
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Jean De Villiers
  • Jan Serfontein
  • Cornal Hendricks
  • Willie Le Roux
  • Emyr Phillips
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • Rhodri Jones
  • Luke Charteris
  • James King
  • Mike Phillips
  • Rhys Priestland
  • Scott Williams
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  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Nizaam Carr
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Handre Pollard
  • Damian de Allende

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