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The Springboks outmuscle Wales at the Millennium Stadium

The Springboks outmuscle Wales at the Millennium Stadium
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The Springboks scored three tries to nil as they beat Six Nations champions Wales 24-15 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The Welsh were hoping to claim their first big Southern Hemisphere scalp in five years, but weren’t able to threaten the tryline.

South Africa physically dominated the Welsh, who have beaten them just once in 27 matches.

The home side, who had 11 Lions in their starting lineup, lost players to injury as the Boks showed great patience in defence, and were clinical when the opportunities to score arose. South Africa also had to adjust, with flyhalf Morne Steyn going off with a niggling back spasm fairly early on.

Wales dominated territory and possession, and while the South Africans had to play ten minutes with 14 players due to a yellow card, the home side failed to create try-scoring opportunities.

Leigh Halfpenny kicked all of Wales points, while the Springboks scored tries through Jean De Villiers, Bismarck Du Plessis and Fourie Du Preez, who put in another Man of the Match performance. It was the first time Wales didn’t score a try against them in five years, and South Africa’s biggest win in Cardiff since 2007.

Referee Alain Rolland was a constant focus and seemed to disrupt the flow of the game, with the scrums at one stage going uncontested after he sent off a prop from each side. He and his assitants also failed to spot a player in front of the kicker for the third South African try.

“We made a huge step up in our defence and we used most of the chances we got our there,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer post match.

“The experienced players did very well – Wales played great rugby at stages during the second half you but never got the sense there was panic in the side. I was also pleased that we gave opportunities to a couple of youngsters and they all made a difference.

“This team is growing, but we will keep our feet on the ground, remain humble and now start focusing on our next game,” he added.

A battered and bruised Wales have had to bring in Scarlets props Samson Lee and Rhodri Jones, as well as Newport Gwent Dragons duo Hallam Amos and Tom Prydie. Eli Walker and Ryhs Patchell have returned to their regions for further treatment, while Jonathan Davies will be out for a while with a pectoral muscle injury that if surgery is required, could keep him out for up to five months.

Adam Jones has a calf strain while Liam Williams took a knock to the head and will be assessed.

“It was brutal from start to finish. South Africa were aggressive in both attack and defence,” said hooker Richard Hibbard. “I think the boys stuck to it well and we went toe to toe, but they won in the end. It was frustrating. We went into the game sure we could win it.”

South Africa play Scotland at Murrayfield next before heading to Paris to meet France, while Wales will need to lift themselves for what should be another physical encounter, against Argentina.

17 Comments

  •  eddie-g
    eddie-g

    @brawnybalboa I think the front rows are in that bad position in large part because of the turf. When the ground is slippery, usually front rows are more upright, because they don't trust the turf to hold while they are in an ideal, low scrumming position. Get too low, and you lose your footing. Too upright, and you get a rubbish engage, finding that better "middle" position - and hoping your opponent does too - is really not easy.

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  •  xonmeerkat
    xonmeerkat

    Wales played well: they lost impact players early in the match and that debatable last try swung the game in the boks' favour. Personally I hate kick-annd-chase games, so hopefully we'll see some running from the boks again.

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  •  brawnybalboa
    brawnybalboa

    I don't think the turf was the problem, if you look at the scrums that dropped down, both props have their shoulders below their hips. This results in their drives being angled downwards, hence when the bind slips both props go down (not stand up). If it was a turf problem, you would expect poor footing to result in a props hips dropping due to his legs slipping.

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  •  eddie-g
    eddie-g

    What was the more difficult job? Scrumming on that turf, or trying to ref the scrums on that turf? Impossible tasks both, and incredibly frustrating to watch. Still it was a decent game of rugby, it had the makings of a very good game of rugby, but I think the state of the playing surface worked against it as much as anything. Not sure if the IRB can do anything, but they certainly should be saying something, venues hosting top internationals should be in much better condition.

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  •  guy
    guy

    Well, the offside wasn't the only problem with that (terrific!) try. I believe that there was a knock on by Habana before that (came of his hand and bounced into a Welsh player before Du Preez caught it). Missing both incidents is a little too incompetent in my eyes. Nevertheless it was an awesome piece of play!

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  •  ando
    ando

    Hey Rugbydump: If you're going to include penalty kicks in the highlights reels, can you please also show the lead-up/what led to the penalty? Nothing more boring/pointless that watching a video of kickers slotting penalties!! Thanks!

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  •  i_bleed_green_and_gold
    i_bleed_green_and_gold

    yes, good game, I particularly enjoyed some good strong defensive tackles. I watched the game with welsh commentary... can't really complain since ek verstaan fokol... there are a few words that one could discern. scrum, ruck... players names.. etc. way too many randomly placed "y's" for my understanding. but better than nothing :)

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  •  i_bleed_green_and_gold
    i_bleed_green_and_gold

    Good game from the boks in the first half. was a bit disappointed in Lambie after steyn went off. There has been a cry for him to get more game time but he just does not have the range or accuracy for HM game plan... Pitty that last try was offside (although not given) since it was brilliant. - The same could be said about the NZ-france game where NZ scored from a kick behind when France looked dangerous. (i think the winger was off sides for that try too. although did not see a replay. ) Anyway, the reset scrums were frustrating. a shame connie was sent off- I think he was sent on to prevent a player getting sent off and his first scrum he was sent off. haha. Anyone know when we play against each other again? maybe in june or next world cup?

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  •  colombes
    colombes

    Didn't see the match, but this first SA try was sheer class Rolland behaviour was quite the same of Jaco Peiper during France-NZ. Quick whistling and very strict on scrummage situations. i guess the new irb recommendations are followed to the letters, and that players are learning these ones

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  •  guy
    guy

    The best team probably won although the scoreline should have been a lot closer. It really baffled me that the last try did not go to the TMO. I guess the linesman is most to blame in this case. Hibbard looked like he had to be carried of the pitch when he was substituted. What a player, he gave his everything.

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  •  brawnybalboa
    brawnybalboa

    I had that in my mind when it happened. terrible!

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  •  brawnybalboa
    brawnybalboa

    Not to mention there was not a single straight feed from the South Africans all game! I recall at least one Welsh put in being straight as it was won against the head. I actually agree with how he handled the situation in the end, as the same side of the scrum kept going down he was well within his rights to sin bin both players. To quote what Nigel Owens once said 'If you guys won't stay up I will put you in the bin and bring someone on who can'. To be honest I think they should get rid of the whole engaging cadence. Crouch-Touch-Pause-Engage, Touch-Pause-Engage, Crouch-Touch-Set, Crouch-Bind-Set. Have any of them worked for a prolonged period of time? The two packs should start off engaged.

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  •  aj_capote
    aj_capote

    Priestland got completely mugged. It reminded me a bit of Poitreneud (sic) in the 2004 HC final.

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  •  katman
    katman

    Ha ha, I'm sorry we disappoint you as a nation. I'll have a word. We'll do better. But while you're here, care to point out where Skinstadt and Pearce called for props to be sent off?

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  •  brawnybalboa
    brawnybalboa

    The final try was heart breaking as a Welsh fan. For several minutes up to that Wales were really smashing the Springboks and it looked like it would be a close fight right up to the final whistle. Regardless of an offside player being involved in the final try, the kick should have been dealt with by Priestland, it was an error that should not be made at international level. South Africa deserved to win in the end. Frustrating as a Welsh fan to be on the wrong side of a scoreline due to fine margins yet again.

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  •  fantasticbarnsmell
    fantasticbarnsmell

    This has been the year of referee impact on matches. More often than not somebody spends some time in the bin, it's really getting a bit tiring.

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  •  katman
    katman

    The Jean de Villiers try was outstanding. It had it all: pace (Habana), power (du Plessis) and skills (de Villiers). Second half fizzled out a bit, but it was still a great game of rugby to watch. Feel bad for Jonathan Davies - he was in top form until he got injured. Pity that part of the game was ruined by Roland sending off two props (one of whom had only been on the field for a minute). Even worse was the whingey commentator repeatedly calling for this. People pay to watch, amongst other things, a scrummaging contest. And this was a great one which Wales were actually winning. He could have just stationed a touch judge on the far side for a good idea of who was binding, collapsing, hinging etc. Hope he got a bollocking afterwards.

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