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  • Penalty (2), Hendricks, Le Roux,
    Penalty goals: Steyn,
    Conversions: Steyn (4),
31 - 30


  • Owens, Roberts, Cuthbert,
    Penalty goals: Biggar (3),
    Conversions: Biggar (3),
  • International Match
  • 21st Jun 2014
  • KO 14:00
  • Att: 25,424

South Africa v Wales - Live

Last updated: 21st June 2014  

Full Time80 SOUTH AFRICA 31-30 WALES

80 That's it! Biggar's drop from half-way is nowhere near. Sickening, simply sickening for Wales. But a stunning game of rugby with a thrilling conclusion. Thanks for joining us.

80 Wales must get themselves within drop-goal range. They're 40 metres out so far. Clock is red.

Conversion80 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 31-30 Ouch. That must sting for Wales. They will have one more chance from the kick-off.

79 PENALTY TRY, SOUTH AFRICA! It's a penalty try! Astonishing scenes. South Africa, surely, have won it at the death. Liam Williams shoulder-charged Hendricks into touch. That must be it!

78 Try-saving tackle in the corner! Williams saves the day for Wales as Hendricks powers in at the corner. We go upstairs for foul play. It's definitely no try.

77 Penalty Boks! Monstrous counter-ruck over the top of Faletau will allow the hosts to gain the field position for one last crack at the line. Three minutes left, lineout on the Welsh 22. Here we go!

76 A series of scrums winds the clock down another minute or two. Four to go. Six points the difference. History beckons for Wales.


TRY73 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LE ROUX! 22-30 Oh, what a finish we have in store now! Wonderful finish from le Roux. Feet, pace and vision like no-one else on this pitch. Super Wales defence, but it just couldn't last. Game on!

70 The Boks win a penalty and they're back on the ball again. 13 points down, 10 minutes to go. They need two converted tries. Can they do it?

69 Another scrum penalty for Wales on halfway. It's too far for Biggar, and they kick downfield instead. Van der Merwe returns.

Penalty67 PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 17-30

66 Scrum penalty! Wales can go for three more, and a 13-point advantage.

65 Wales on the attack again, and most of Nelspruit infuriated by Walsh's decision to award them the scrum. Looked like the hosts had pinched it.

61 Beast knocks the ball on after a break from Le Roux, and Wales have a scrum on their own 10m line. They're looking good, but this next ten minutes is huge with a man advantage.

Yellow Card59 YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, VAN DER MERWE! Flip is next to see the flash of Walsh's yellow card for taking out Wyn Jones in the air. Good call.

Penalty57 PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 17-27 But what a brilliant riposte from Wales and Jenkins yet again making his presence felt at the breakdown.

Penalty56 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 17-24 The gap is cut to seven by Steyn from forty metres.

53 Biggar goes out on the full from midfield as he looks to probe the corners. Wales doing well to disrupt the big Boks in defence, though.

51 A scrum penalty gets Wales out of trouble again, with suspicions of a squint feed and foot-up from the visitors. The Boks are off and running yet again, however.

50 Huge, try-saving tackle from Davies on Louw after Wales disrupt the Boks maul really well. The flanker knoks on.

Conversion47 Boks right back up there with a penalty on the visitors' 22, though. Steyn to the corner.

Conversion47 CONVERSION, WALES, BIGGAR! 14-24

TRY46 TRY, WALES, OWENS! 14-22 It's given! Wales stretch their lead once more.

46 Could it be try #3 for Wales?! Owens reckons he's snuck over. We go upstairs...

44 Super work at the breakdown from Jenkins, who wins Wales the penalty. Biggar back on now. Wales up to their full compliment anew.

42 Great chase between Wyn Jones and Matfield down in the Boks' 22. The Welsh skipper just spills forward.

40 We're back underway in Nelspruit.

Half Time40 SOUTH AFRICA 14-17 WALES

40 Wales crying out for the half-time whistle as they survive another Boks attack with a penalty. Charteris re-enters with the clock now red. What a see-sawing half it's been!

39 It's all South Africa now as they squeeze Wales back into their own 22 again.

Conversion36 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 14-17 From absolutely nowhere, South Africa are back.

TRY35 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, HENDRICKS! 12-17 What a turnaround! The extra men undoubtedly telling as the Boks go from 80 metres. JP Pietersen bursts through midfield from his own 22, feeds le Roux, who jinks one way, then the other before floating a glorious pass out to Hendricks. Try-time.


32 PENALTY TRY, SOUTH AFRICA! 5-17 The power of the Boks is just too much in the end. Walsh goes for the sticks, and Wales go down to 13 with Biggar sent packing.

32 "I am very prepared to put another one in the bin," says Steve Walsh, as Jenkins comes in the side for Wales. Corner for the third time, but the lineout is overthrown! Wales hammer it clear.

Yellow Card30 YELLOW CARD, WALES, CHARTERIS! Charteris barrels in the side of the maul, then hauls it down. Yellow from Steve Walsh; corner again for the Boks.

29 And again, an infringement allows the Boks to go for the corner. Here they come with the maul...

28 Wales attacking once more, but this time are penalised. Breathing space for the bewildered Boks.

Conversion25 CONVERSION, WALES, BIGGAR! 0-17 A seventeen point lead for Wales now.

TRY24 TRY, WALES, CUTHBERT! 0-15 This is phenomenal stuff from Wales. Brilliant, disciplined, cohesive rugby. They're making ground with every carry against the powerful Boks, and eventually the pressure tells, as Cuthbert blasts his way over. The Springboks looking shaky.

Conversion22 CONVERSION, WALES, BIGGAR! 0-10

TRY20 TRY, WALES, ROBERTS! 0-8 What a start from the visitors! A first-phase move sees Cuthbert batter through the Boks midfield and offload to send Roberts under the sticks.

18 And it doesn't get much better for Steyn as he puts the ball out on the full soon after when looking for territory. Wales will have the throw-in on halfway.

17 Alun-Wyn Jones is penalised for being in contact with the line-out jumper so here is a chance for Steyn to level from 50 metres out. Not even close.

Penalty14 PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR. 0-3. Jannie du Plessis is the man penalised at the breakdown so up steps Dan Biggar. That's a better strike and Wales are ahead.

12 But the Welsh are strong in defence and eventually win a relieving penalty at ruck time. Coach Warren Gatland will surely be thrilled with this response.

10 Scrum penalty to South Africa and that will please Jannie du Plessis. Net result is Steyn kicking up towards the Welsh 22. Chance here to strike then.

8 Play is on halfway with Wales in possession, already enjoying more ball than last week. Now it goes to the sky before the Boks counter with Bryan Habana. However, Cornal Hendricks spills the pass inside.

5 Wales miss a chance to take the lead as Dan Biggar is wide with a penalty attempt. It came following centre Jan Serfontein being isolated in contact.

3 Great break from Mike Phillips off the scrum takes Wales up to halfway before the visitors use George North off his wing. Much better from Wales already.

2 Here come the Springboks then with Duane Vermeulen carrying strongly as they set up camp 20 metres out. However, the number eight fumbles soon after. Scrum.

1 Here we go then with Morne Steyn kicking off to his right. Referee Steve Walsh is in the middle today.

0 Wales have made two changes to their side, dropping centurion Adam Jones. Scarlets prop Samson Lee will make his first start in the front-row and flanker Josh Turnbull comes into the starting side after featuring from the replacements bench last weekend.

0 Victor Matfield will become the most-capped Test player in the history of South African rugby when leading the Boks today. The team sees two changes with Tendai Mtawarira in at loosehead prop, with Gurthro Steenkamp moving to the bench, while Flip van der Merwe will partner Matfield in the second-row in the place of Bakkies Botha.

0 Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second and final Test between South Africa and Wales. Nelspruit is the setting today as the Springboks look to make it 2-0 after dominating last weekend's opener. Team news is coming up ahead of this mouth-watering game.

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