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Ball suffers dislocated shoulder, Tipuric out of Springboks Test

Wales flanker Justin Tipuric

Jake Ball is facing a lengthy absence after dislocating his shoulder and Justin Tipuric has also been ruled out of Wales’ clash with South Africa on Saturday.


Scarlets powerhouse Ball was carted off in the first half of a 33-18 defeat to New Zealand last weekend and will undergo surgery to repair the damage.

Tipuric suffered a quad injury in the loss to the world champions and the back-row has been released from the squad to be treated by Ospreys.

Wales also have an injury concern over scrum-half Rhys Webb, who is going through concussion protocols after taking a blow to the head against the All Blacks.

Centre Scott Williams is another Wales player who is a doubt to face the Springboks, having injured his ankle.


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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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