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2017/12/02 | 16:30 |  Internationals | Principality Stadium, Cardiff |  Full Time

As it happened: Wales 24-22 Springboks

2017-12-01 15:45
Last Updated at 14:30
02 Dec 18:25

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This must surely spell the end of the road for Bok coach Allister Coetzee.

Coetzee reportedly has a 65% win mandate and at present is well below that.

Under his tutelage since 2016, the Boks have won 11 of 25 Tests - a 44% win ratio.

This is not good enough, unfortunately...

02 Dec 18:19
This is Wales' third straight home win over the Springboks.
02 Dec 18:18
Another game the Springboks should not have lost. But they have only themselves to blame for making inexplicable basic errors on defence. It's clear this Bok team is not properly coached and hopefully we'll see some change over the next few weeks...
02 Dec 18:16
FULL-TIME: Wales 24-22 South Africa
02 Dec 18:16
80'- Am is however quickly swamped by Welsh defenders who hold him up...
02 Dec 18:15
80' - Wales win a turnover but inexplicably do not kick it out. Instead it goes down-field, with Am gathering...
02 Dec 18:14
79'- The Boks have possession inside the final minute...
02 Dec 18:14
79'- The Boks win a penalty after a Wales player holds on for too long on the ground. Jantjies sets up a lineout just inside Welsh territory...
02 Dec 18:13
Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes has been named MAN-OF-THE-MATCH on his Test debut.
02 Dec 18:12
77'- Wales in possession inside the South African 22m area...
02 Dec 18:12
It's also a Test debut for Lukhanyo Am!
02 Dec 18:12
76'- Bok subs: Am and Cassiem on, Coetzee and Du Preez off.
02 Dec 18:10


Wales 385m

SA 462m

02 Dec 18:08
74'- Oh dear, moments later Jantjies knocks on again. He just doesn't have it for a Test-level flyhalf...
02 Dec 18:07

73'- After 15 phases of Springbok attack near the tryline, Jantjies knocks it on after attempting to take an inside pass from Gelant.

A golden opportunity squandered!

02 Dec 18:05
71'- The Boks have quickly worked their way back into the red zone...
02 Dec 18:05
It's a Test debut for scrumhalf Louis Schreuder!
02 Dec 18:04
70'- Bok subs: Jantjies on for Pollard, Schreuder on for Cronje and Mbonambi on for Marx.
02 Dec 18:04
70'- A sniping break from Kolisi brings the Boks up to the Welsh 22m area, but Wales replacement prop Wyn Jones does well to win a crucial turnover...
02 Dec 18:02
68' - Bok sub: Louw off, replaced by Nyakane.
02 Dec 18:01

67'- PENALTY slotted by Halfpenny to put Wales back in front.

Wales 24-22 SA

02 Dec 18:00
66'- Wales win a penalty in front of the posts after Du Toit is pinged for not rolling away after making a tackle...
02 Dec 17:58
65'- A solid clearance from Pollard brings some relief for the Boks...
02 Dec 17:57
64'- The Boks do well to force another turnover on their own line. They have a scrum and an opportunity to get out of trouble...
02 Dec 17:56


The Blitzboks have beaten New Zealand 24-12 in the Dubai Sevens final!

02 Dec 17:55
63'- Wales, meanwhile, have a lineout inside the red zone...
02 Dec 17:53


Blitzboks 19-12 New Zealand

2 minutes remaining in the Dubai Sevens final...

02 Dec 17:52
59'- Just as I write about penalties, Wales receive their first of the game when Kitshoff is pinged for not scrumming straight.
02 Dec 17:51


Wales 9

SA 0

02 Dec 17:51


Wales 3

SA 8

02 Dec 17:50


Blitzboks 19-7 New Zealand

4 minutes remaining in the Dubai Sevens final...

02 Dec 17:48

56'- Pollard slots the CONVERSION from the corner to give South Africa the lead!

Wales 21-22 SA

02 Dec 17:47
It's his eighth try in Test rugby.
02 Dec 17:46
54'- TRY to the Springboks as centre Jesse Kriel goes over in the corner!
02 Dec 17:45
53'- Another powerful Springbok scrum sees them win a penalty on halfway. It allows Pollard to set up a lineout inside the Welsh 22m area...
02 Dec 17:44


The Blitzboks are 19-0 up at half-time in the Dubai Sevens final against New Zealand.

02 Dec 17:43
51'- New Zealand-born Hadleigh Parkes is causing the Springbok defence a few problems today! South Africans will also remember him playing in the midfield for the Southern Kings...
02 Dec 17:41
50'- A sigh of relief from the Boks as another chip in behind their defence does not go to hand...
02 Dec 17:40


The Blitzboks are 19-0 up against New Zealand in the first half of the Dubai Sevens final.

02 Dec 17:37

46'- Pollard's conversion attempt hits the uprights but stays wide...

Wales 21-15 SA

02 Dec 17:36
45'- TRY to the Springboks as Handre Pollard barges over after relentless pressure!
02 Dec 17:35
44'- The Boks win a penalty in front but Pollard decides to set up an attacking lineout.
  • 81'

    FULL-TIME: WALES 24-22 SOUTH AFRICA. Wales have seen off a spirited fightback from the Springboks to claim their third straight home victory over them. Second half tries from Pollard and Kriel put the Springboks on the front foot, but a late Halfpenny penalty sealed the game.

  • 80'

    After a lengthy advantage, South Africa win the penalty and Jantjies finds touch. The Springboks have one last chance.

  • 78'

    Unsurprisingly, Hadleigh Parkes has been named man of the match on his test debut.

  • 77'

    Webb boots the ball into touch and forces South Africa to start from deep. Fantastic idea from the scrum-half.

  • 75'

    Another silly knock-on from Jantjies has heaped more pressure on the visitors.

  • 73'

    South Africa have lost the ball. Webb clears the ball into touch.

  • 72'

    The Springboks are on the attack again. Mbonambi was only just brought down as he tried to find a way through the Welsh defence.

  • 71'

    Substitute Wyn Jones has just won an absolutely fantastic turnover for the hosts. Meanwhile, Schreuder is on for his Springbok debut.

  • 68'

    PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 24-22: Halfpenny puts Wales back in front.

  • 67'

    Pieter-Steph du Toit is penalised for not rolling away. Wales have a shot at goal right under the posts.

  • 66'

    Cronje passes the ball to Pollard, who clears into touch.

  • 64'

    The Welsh maul edges them closer, but South Africa get the turnover.

  • 63'

    South Africa are penalised for a deliberate knock-on and Patchell finds touch.

  • 62'

    Leyds puts ball to boot, but it's a poor kick and now Wales are on the attack and with the advantage.

  • 61'

    The resurgent Springboks look to run the ball back at Wales. Dan du Preez makes up some good territory.

  • 60'

    A scrum goes through the 90 and Kitshoff is penalised. Wales finally give South Africa a taste of their own medicine.

  • 57'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 21-22: What a kick from the fly-half! The Springboks lead for the first time.

  • 55'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KRIEL! 21-20: South Africa work the ball out wide. Marx gets the final pass away to Kriel and he crashes through Halfpenny's tackle to score!

  • 55'

    Du Toit takes at the lineout and the Bok forwards look to make up some ground from the maul.

  • 54'

    South Africa win a penalty at a scrum and will kick for touch from halfway.

  • 52'

    Gelant boots the ball far upfield and into touch from his own 22 and Wales need to start all over.

  • 49'

    Wales go back on the front foot after a fantastic kick from Patchell. However, South Africa manage to survive the spell of pressure and boot the ball clear.

  • 47'

    Pollard's conversion attempt strikes the upright and comes back. It's still 21-15.

  • 46'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 21-15: Venter takes the lineout and gives the ball to Kolisi. South Africa continue to attack and eventually catch a break. Pollard goes over!

  • 45'

    South Africa continue to pile on the pressure. Dan du Preez is stopped just short of the try-line. The Springboks persist and win a penalty, which Pollard boots into touch.

  • 44'

    Marx throws to Kitshoff at the front of the lineout. South Africa are very much on the attack.

  • 43'

    Davies boots the ball straight into touch and gifts South Africa a chance.

  • 41'

    South Africa look to go on the front foot early in the second half, but Gelant spills Kriel's poor pass forward on the left.

  • 41'

    CONFIRMED: Etzebeth has gone off for Mohoje.

  • 41'

    HALF-TIME: WALES 21-10 SOUTH AFRICA. The hosts go into the break leading by 11 points at the Principality Stadium. Parkes grabbed two first-half tries on debut after Scott Williams opened the scoring. However, Gelant pulled one back just before the break to keep the game alive.

  • 41'

    Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth went down injured at the end of the half ? as if the visitors weren't already in enough trouble.

  • 41'

    South Africa get the second half up and running via Pollard's kick.

  • 39'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 21-10: Pollard executes his kick from the left to perfection as it curls in between the uprights.

  • 37'

    South Africa go on the attack, but they lose the ball forward and then Biggar boots it in behind.

  • 37'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, GELANT! 21-8: Leyds initiates the counter from deep. The ball is worked to Kriel, who kicks through for Gelant to chase and score on his first start!

  • 34'

    CONVERSION, WALES, HALFPENNY! 21-3: Halfpenny slots a simple kick over for the third time.

  • 33'

    TRY, WALES, PARKES! 19-3: Coetzee's kick is charged down and Faletau chases before passing inside to Parkes for the try!

  • 31'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 14-3: Pollard pops the penalty kick over and the Springboks are on the board.

  • 30'

    The Springboks have a penalty for a high tackle from Navidi on Pollard.

  • 29'

    South Africa win the lineout and Kolisi makes up some good ground for them with a run. The ball goes through the hands of du Preez and Marx. The Springboks are on the attack.

  • 28'

    Marx wins a penalty for South Africa. Off feet is the offence. Pollard sets up yet another lineout for the Boks.

  • 26'

    Rob Evans loses the ball forward and the Welsh attack comes to nothing.

  • 24'

    South Africa win another penalty ? this one from a scrum on Wales' put-in. They set up a lineout, but it's stolen.

  • 24'

    Biggar kicks the ball towards Coetzee, who puts a foot in touch. Everything seems to be going the way of the hosts.

  • 22'

    The Springboks get a penalty for a high tackle, but Pollard fails to find touch.

  • 20'

    South Africa win the scrum and look to find their way over, but then Wales get the intercept and Steff Evans darts upfield for the hosts.

  • 19'

    Good work from South Africa again. Marx may just have got the ball down for a try after spotting a gap following the drive. We are going upstairs to check.

  • 19'

    NO TRY! To the dismay of the Springboks, the try has not been awarded! It's a scrum-five.

  • 18'

    The South African maul powers forward before Dan du Preez is taken into touch. We go back for the penalty for a side-entry. Once again, South Africa set up the lineout and win it.

  • 17'

    South Africa milk a penalty and Pollard sets up the lineout.

  • 15'

    Wales get back into the Springbok 22, but then South Africa win the turnover. However, the clearance doesn't find touch.

  • 14'

    Wales have now been awarded a scrum for accidental offside. Can anything go right for South Africa?

  • 13'

    South Africa take the ball through the phases inside their own half.

  • 10'

    The Springboks allow Wales back onto the attack. Amos gets the inside pass away to Faletau, who can't quite finish off. South Africa win the ball back and clear.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, WALES, HALFPENNY! 14-0: The full-back makes no mistake once again.

  • 8'

    TRY, WALES, PARKES! 12-0: Biggar's chip through leads to yet another Welsh try. This time, it's the other centre who gets on the end of his kick and finishes off.

  • 6'

    CONVERSION, WALES, HALFPENNY! 7-0: Halfpenny slots the conversion over.

  • 5'

    TRY, WALES, S. WILLIAMS! 5-0: On the second attempt, Wales win the scrum. Biggar then kicks across the field and Amos gathers before offloading to Scott Williams for the finish!

  • 4'

    South Africa's forwards look immense at the first scrum on the Welsh put-in, but Garcès takes it back.

  • 3'

    Coetzee boots the ball clear for South Africa, finding touch near halfway.

  • 2'

    Wales go for the up-and-under and Cronje fails to deal with it. The hosts gather after the bounce and are on the attack.

  • 1'

    Jérôme Garcès blows his whistle and Dan Biggar kicks off for Wales.

  • 1'

    Cronje puts ball to boot early on. Halfpenny catches.

  • 0'

    The national anthems have been sung and it's nearly time for kick-off in Cardiff.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this rugby test as South Africa round off their end-of-year tour against Wales at the Principality Stadium.

  • 0'

    Allister Coetzee has handed first test starts to Dan du Preez at eighthman and Warrick Gelant on the wing. Scrum-half Louis Schreuder and utility back Lukhanyo Am are in line to make their debuts off the bench. The Springboks have lost Duane Vermeulen, Francois Louw and Franco Mostert due to the fact that this test falls outside the international window, but Siya Kolisi returns to the side at no. 6 after returning to South Africa for the birth of his child last weekend. Tendai Mtawarira misses out through injury, but fit-again Malcolm Marx returns at hooker.

  • 0'

    Warren Gatland will have to do without the injured second-row, Jake Ball. Cory Hill is the man to start alongside Alun Wyn Jones, while Kristian Dacey and Scott Andrews get the nod in the front row. Hadleigh Parkes makes his debut at no. 12, while Aled Davies comes in at scrum-half.

  • 0'

    Wales head into this match off the back of two consecutive home wins over the Springboks in 2014 and 2016. However, South Africa eliminated them from the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

  • 0'

    Jérôme Garcès is today's referee. He is assisted by Wayne Barnes and Frank Murphy, while Rowan Kitt is the TMO.

  • 0'

    Neither Wales nor South Africa have hit their best form in 2017. Both sides will thus be hungry for a win today. Reports have been rife in the South African media that this could be Allister Coetzee's last game in charge. He in particular is under immense pressure.

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Wales South Africa
  • 3 Tries 3
    • 4' Scott Williams
    • 7' Hadleigh Parkes
    • 32' Hadleigh Parkes
    • 36' Warrick Gelant
    • 45' Handre Pollard
    • 54' Jesse Kriel
  • 3 Conversions 2
    • 5' Leigh Halfpenny
    • 8' Leigh Halfpenny
    • 33' Leigh Halfpenny
    • 38' Handre Pollard
    • 55' Handre Pollard
  • 1 Penalties 1
    • 67' Leigh Halfpenny
    • 30' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Rob Evans
  • Kristian Dacey
  • Scott Andrews
  • Cory Hill
  • Alun Wyn Jones
  • Aaron Shingler
  • Josh Navidi
  • Taulupe Faletau
  • Aled Davies
  • Dan Biggar
  • Steffan Evans
  • Hadleigh Parkes
  • Scott Williams
  • Hallam Amos
  • Leigh Halfpenny
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Steven Kitshoff
  • Malcolm Marx
  • Wilco Louw
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Daniel du Preez
  • Ross Cronje
  • Handre Pollard
  • Warrick Gelant
  • Francois Venter
  • Jesse Kriel
  • Dillyn Leyds
  • Andries Coetzee
  • Elliot Dee
  • Wyn Jones
  • Rhodri Jones
  • Seb Davies
  • Dan Lydiate
  • Rhys Webb
  • Rhys Patchell
  • Owen Watkin
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Uzair Cassiem
  • Louis Schreuder
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Lukhanyo Am

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