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Saturday 24 November 2018, 12:20pm EST

Wales v South Africa

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalDan Biggar
  • Penalty GoalDan Biggar
  • Penalty GoalElton Jantjies
  • TRY!Jesse Kriel
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalHandre Pollard
  • ConversionGareth Anscombe
  • TRY!Liam Williams
  • ConversionGareth Anscombe
  • TRY!Tomas Francis
  • KO


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Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Wales T C P
15 Liam Williams 1 0 0
14 George North 0 0 0
13 Jonathan Davies 0 0 0
12 Hadleigh Parkes 0 0 0
11 Josh Adams 0 0 0
10 Gareth Anscombe 0 2 0
9 Gareth Davies 0 0 0
1 Nicky Smith 0 0 0
2 Ken Owens 0 0 0
3 Tomas Francis 1 0 0
4 Adam Beard 0 0 0
5 Alun Wyn Jones 0 0 0
6 Ellis Jenkins 0 0 0
7 Justin Tipuric 0 0 0
8 Ross Moriarty 0 0 0
16 Elliot Dee 0 0 0
17 Rob Evans 0 0 0
18 Dillon Lewis 0 0 0
19 Cory Hill 0 0 0
20 Aaron Wainwright 0 0 0
21 Tomos Williams 0 0 0
22 Dan Biggar 0 0 2
23 Owen Watkin 0 0 0
South Africa T C P
15 Willie Le Roux 0 0 0
14 Cheslin Kolbe 0 0 0
13 Jesse Kriel 1 0 0
12 Damian de Allende 0 0 0
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 0 0 0
10 Handre Pollard 0 0 1
9 Embrose Papier 0 0 0
1 Steven Kitshoff 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 0 0 0
3 Frans Malherbe 0 0 0
4 RG Snyman 0 0 0
5 Franco Mostert 0 0 0
6 Siya Kolisi 0 0 0
7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 0 0 0
8 Duane Vermeulen 0 0 0
16 Mbongeni Mbonami 0 0 0
17 Thomas du Toit 0 0 0
18 Vincent Koch 0 0 0
19 Eben Etzebeth 0 0 0
20 Francois Louw 0 0 0
21 Ivan van Zyl 0 0 0
22 Elton Jantjies 0 0 1
23 Damian Willemse 0 0 0


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  • That will be all for the two sides this year, with Wales turning their attention next to the Six Nations – but both will also be keeping an eye on the World Cup in Japan, less than 12 months out. Until then however, thank you for joining us – and have a good weekend!
  • First half scores for Tomas Francis and Liam Williams proved to be enough for Wales as they down the Springboks to end November unbeaten in a fiery encounter at the Principality Stadium. Jesse Kriel pulled a try back for the visitors to set up a tense final quarter – but the boot of Dan Biggar helped to settle the nerves once more and ensure Warren Gatland ends 2018 with a win. Full-time in Cardiff, it finishes Wales 20-11 South Africa.
  • North wins the turnover as the clock ticks into overtime! That will be all as Wales tap their penalty into touch and that is nine wins on the bounce for Warren Gatland's side!
  • The Boks get the penalty from the scrum and fly out of the blocks, looking to race away to the other end of the field.
  • South Africa get a turnover themselves in their own half to keep Wales at bay and both sides will pack down on the right flank for a scrum.
  • Hill wins a turnover for Wales to put an end to a promising South Africa attack and time is running out for the Boks to snatch a winner in this game.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 20-11 South Africa. Biggar adds another three points and nudges the hosts out of the reach of a converted score.
  • Break by Jonathan Davies! Biggar is sent sprawling in an attempt to challenge for the ball and in the confusion, the centre slips through the South Africa defence. He offloads to Evans who can't smuggle it away after that - but Wales win the penalty a moment later with the Boks all at sea and offside.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 17-11 South Africa. Biggar swings it in at the left post - just. Wales get their first points of the second half.
  • Fantastic play from Wales! Jantjies knocks on Biggar's high bomb and the hosts play advantage quickly with a grubber down the right wing. The Boks get there first but Tipuric sails in and wins the turnover less than 10 yards out. The hosts will go for goal.
  • The hosts win the rather messy scrum and immediately surrender the ball in a scrappy turnover. Warren Gatland will be less than impressed with that play.
  • Wales do get a scrum just beyond halfway now though after Biggar tries a shorter kick and catches out South Africa, who knock on trying to collect the high bomb.
  • Van Zyl botches his box kick and Wales have an attacking line-out inside the opposition half. Biggar, newly arrived, kicks wide for North. The Boks collect and make the mark however.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 14-11 South Africa. Jantjies, off the bench, swings over a lovely kick from the right flank and the gap is down to three points.
  • South Africa pick up another penalty now after Wales fail to release and there's another scuffle between both sets of players. The Boks are going to go for goal this time.
  • Wyn Jones is pinged for a forward pass to Dee following a line-out and both sides spill over into a scuffle.
  • Pollard swings his kick wide to the left but the visitors clearly have the wind in their sails. Wales will have to find another gear in attack themselves.
  • Try
    TRY: Wales 14-8 South Africa. Kriel gets his score! Having had his earlier effort ruled out by the TMO, he's over in the left wing thanks to some fast handling that catches the Welsh defence out wide. The Boks are back within touching distance.
  • The Boks pick up a penalty of their own in short order however and put themselves back on the Welsh line with a brilliant kick down the left wing. They win their line-out and form a maul; Wyn Jones collapses it and South Africa have a second penalty.
  • The visitors are keeping their foot on the Welsh throat, but then Anscombe manages to put a kick away for distance and Jenkins wins a turnover on the chase.
  • South Africa however come down the opposite end and force Wales onto the back foot. Francis does manage to leap onto a loose ball and Anscombe puts it into touch; the Boks will have an attacking line-out within the 22.
  • Wales opt for the scrum over the line-out and contest an utterly vicious tussle with the Boks pack, ultimately emerging successful through Jenkins.
  • Kolbe makes a livewire break down the right wing to put the Boks on the front foot, but they then concede the line-out when, spreading it to the left, Du Toit can't take in a high pass and bobbles it into touch.
  • South Africa get the free-kick from the scrum too after Wales go in too early.
  • North takes a sensational take out on the right wing as Wales look to press off the back of a scrum but Williams' follow-up pass is a mile forward and the Boks get possession instead.
  • Wales kick us back underway for the final 40 minutes in Cardiff.
  • Two brilliant tries for Tomas Francis and Liam Williams have been the highlights of an excellent, physical encounter in Cardiff certainly not short on fireworks. The hosts and the Boks have gone blow-for-blow with each other everywhere but the scoreboard; even a pair of scores out in front, this game could still go either way. At half-time, it's Wales 14-3 South Africa.
  • Penalty to Wales! South Africa's scrum goes awry and the hosts manage to win the turnover penalty a moment later to send themselves to the dressing rooms ahead at the break.
  • They're going to go for the scrum, five metres or so in front of the right post. A huge few plays coming up here.
  • Wales concede penalty advantage for offside and South Africa get it a moment later after Pollard drops the ball. Do they go for the three points or for the scrum?
  • No try! Jenkins is deemed to have done enough to prevent Kriel from grounding the ball in the first instance. It will be a Boks scrum five metres away.
  • Do we have a Boks try here? South Africa manage to come up with the ball from the scrum and race wide to the right. Kriel looks like he's over and seems to get it down on the second attempt but the referee wants to see if he is held up by Jenkins to start with.
  • Papier gets the ball out of the subsequent line-out and races away down the left wing. He grubbers back in-field, gets around North and attempts to recover, only to knock on a few yards shy of the line.
  • Fine work from Marx! The Boks hooker gets over and stops Wales from releasing to win a turnover penalty.
  • South Africa successfully defend an Owens-led maul from the line-out but Wales remain lodged inside the 22, crawling forward over a dozen phases with workmanlike intent.
  • Vermeulen comes off his feet now in the tackle however and Wales get the penalty, which Anscombe leathers deep down on the left wing for a promising line-out position.
  • Off the post! Anscombe gets the length but not the angle, just clipping the left upright where it falls to Vermeulen to deal with.
  • Wales now win a penalty just inside the opposition half, following some rough-and-tough play, and Anscombe opts to go for goal.
  • Malherbe can't hold onto a relatively simple pass and the Boks see their recent spell of pressure undone as Wales come up with possession.
  • Pollard opts to go for goal again, but just hooks it wide of the left post by a matter of inches.
  • Both sides begin an exchange of box kicks on the back of a Welsh penalty that failed to find touch with South Africa ultimately earning a turnover off the hosts inside the opposition half.
  • Gareth Davies knocks on Wyn Jones' offload however half a dozen phases in. A scuffle breaks out between both sides but the referee calms things down with the Boks handed the scrum.
  • This has been an excellent start from Wales and now they earn a scrum out on the halfway line.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 14-3 South Africa. Pollard slots over three points from distance after Wales are caught offside in defence with a sweet strike.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Wales 14-0 South Africa. Anscombe's kick from the wing is an absolute peach, curled between the uprights and adding the two extra points.
  • Try
    TRY: Wales 12-0 South Africa. Williams gets the second score for the Welsh! From the base of the scrum, it's a simple overhead pass from Anscombe that catches South Africa out and allows the full-back to duck the cover tackle and get over.
  • Anscombe slips through a near-invisible gap and serves it up for Owens who comes up short. Wales are straight back on the South Africa line and win a scrum in short order.
  • Du Toit drops the ball as Gareth Davies races out of the line to try and intercept, spooking the Boks man. Wales get the scrum on halfway.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Wales 7-0 South Africa. Anscombe slots over the extras from straight in front and it's a perfect start for the hosts.
  • Try
    TRY: Wales 5-0 South Africa. Francis is over for his first international try! Jenkins shows the dummy from 10 yards out, slips through the defensive line and offloads to the big prop forward in support for him to crash over between the posts.
  • Some fabulous handling from Nicky Smith, Francis and Wyn Jones sends Wales flying off down the left wing following their recovery of the ball and South Africa scramble back to curtail the move. The hosts remain inside the opposition 22 though.
  • Both sides are looking to push up on the wings so far, with Wales the latest to attempt to cut wide - but a knock-on curtails their move and the Boks have the scrum.
  • Wales put their box kick from the line-out and South Africa come again down the left, only to be pulled up for a forward pass by Pollard.
  • Du Toit is over in the corner - but a last-gasp touch from Anscombe forces him into touch as he races to touch down. No try and Wales get the line-out.
  • Early line-outs put the onus on Wales to defend but Owens drives a good maul and Gareth Davies finds distance with his box kick.
  • South Africa kick off and we are underway in this 2018 end-of-year rugby union test game!
  • The teams are out in Cardiff for the national anthems.
  • Wales have won their last three games on the trot against South Africa at the Principality Stadium, however two of those wins came by a margin of six points or fewer.
  • South Africa have won 28 of their 34 matches against Wales; however four of their five defeats have come in the last five meetings between the sides.
  • Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Louw, Ivan van Zyl, Elton Jantjies, Damian Willemse.
  • SOUTH AFRICA XV: Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Embrose Papier; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.
  • Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Owen Watkin.
  • WALES XV: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.
  • Team news now and there is only a single change between both sides in the starting XV: Liam Williams comes in at full-back for Wales after Leigh Halfpenny failed to recover from a concussion sustained against Tonga.
  • Warren Gatland's side handed Tonga a comprehensive 74-24 thrashing last week but they face sterner opposition today in the shape of the Springboks who have won two on the bounce since their narrow defeat to England three weeks ago.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 end-of-year rugby union internationals as Wales look to end 2018 on a winning note against South Africa at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

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