South Africa tour - Millennium Stadium, 8 November 2008, 14:30 local, 14:30 GMT
Wales (3) 15 - 20 (13) South Africa (FT)

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Adam Jones leads out Wales on the occasion of his 50th cap at a packed Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Wales, coming off the back of a Grand Slam season meet the World Champion Springboks on the first day of a series of Autumn Internationals across Europe.

These sides met recently, in South Africa, and Wales to be honest, struggled. It will be a different matter in front of their own fans however. That said, this is a formidable South African team - very much a first XV and we're set for a cracking contest. The roof is closed, the pitch looks in great condition, the pre-match formalities are drawing to a close, and it's time for action

1

Conrad Jantjes gets us underway, Wales take, set the ruck and clear downfield. Spies takes and brings it back up up. Recycled, Pienaar hoists the kick deep into the Wales 22. Byrne takes and gets it clear.

2

Pienaar kicks again, S Jones takes this time and is bundled into touch by Burger. SA run a quick lineout, but are brought back. Wales get hold of it and clear down field to the SA 22.

3

More kicking for territory settles down with a Wales lineout near the SA 22. Quickly taken, but scrappy again

4

South Africa kick again, deliberate tactic this, Williams takes, but Pietersen picks his pocket, stealing possession. SA build momentum goes through phases, eating up the ground, slipped to Jacobs, and he's over

5 0 - 5

Simple conversion banged over with aplomb

6 0 - 7

We're underway again as Wales look to get a foothold in this game. SA look really up for this

7

Penalty to South Africa in midfield. SA contest the tackle brilliantly there, and the Welsh support players can't clear the ball

8 0 - 10

Wales restart deep, Jantjes takes and clears into the Wales half. They take their lineout ball and S Jones dinks over the top. Jantjes takes, SA secure and kick long again

9

SA lineout which Wales disrupt well, Du Plessis looks unhappy throwing in there

10

Wales scrum, nice and solid. they run it off the back, making 10 yards. back to Jones who kicks long

11

Jantjes is there again - he's seeing a lot of the ball, to Pienaar who clears long

12

Wales kick back and Habana has a dart, but he's well marshalled by the chasing players

13

exchange of kicks settles down with a Welsh lineout in SA territory

14

off the top and Wales put it through the hands. good continuity here, debutant Powell gets his hands on it, but the SA defence is solid, getting across

15

Wales rumbled it well here, pick and go and driving straight. SA absorb the pressure though, and manage to clear long

16

Wales start again from their own half, Lee Byrne with a bit of trickery there, moved to Wyn Jones, but again Wales infringe at the ruck, off their feet this time. SA put the penalty into the corner

17

SA take it cleanly, but now they are penalised at the tackle for going off their feet

18

huge bust from Andy Powell on the Welsh 10m line. He spots a gap close in the ruck and he's clear, makes his pass, onto R Jones and he's hauled down in the SA 22, but Wales infringe again, and SA clear

19

Exchange of kicks ends when Wales decide to run. Cooper sucks some defenders in, out left on half way, S Williams gets it and the crowd are on their feet. Pietersen gets in his way though, and the attack slows

20

SA get back and Wales' momentum is lost

21

SA infringe at the ruck and S Jones has a difficult shot at goal which he misses

22

SA drop out long, and Wales build again in their own half. Powell gets it again, and steps out of a tackle. He's having a great game so far

23

The breakdown is a real battlefield - the ball is not coming back here on half way, so we go to scrum time

24

Freekick for feeding! one for the purists there. Wales go with ball in hand and are now into the SA half

25

Wales go through phases, running a switch move in midfield, but SA read it

26

half break from Halfpenny - strong run that, but again SA scramble back

27

Wales playing with pace and intent in the SA half here. Penalty Wales, hands in the ruck

28 3 - 10

pause in play with two Welsh injuries - one of which is S Jones - so Halfpenny lines up the kicks at goal... which he coolly slots

29

R Jones takes the restart and trucks it back up, bouncing off tackles, great stuff from the Welsh skipper there

30

SA have ball and go on attack. Chip over and Byrne takes it over his line and dots it down. 22 drop out awarded though, lucky for Wales

31

Wales get hold of it on halfway and build the phases. Huge roar from the crowd greets a sparkly bit of footwork from S Williams, but there's no space

32

SA lineout in Welsh territory, Burger makes a great break, moved left, lovely hands, to Pienaar on the Welsh 22, he ghosts through a gap, and takes it all the way to the line

33

the Springbok 10 loses the ball over the line though - the Welsh defence just did enough there

34

Wales scrum 5m out - Powell rumbles it, going sideways rather that forwards, but Wales get it back and clear up to their 10m line

35 3 - 13

Wales offside at the lineout, with M Williams gambling. Pienaar lines up another shot at goal

36

Straight down the middle from S Jones, Jantjes takes and clears really well up to half way

37

SA build on halfway, running phases with their ball carriers, Burger and then De Villiers taking it up

38

it's slow ball though, with Wales soaking up the pressure. SA look a bit laboured, but Pienaar takes a good option, kicking, but Wales knock on and it's a SA scrum

39

They run a back row move which they botch, and infringe at the ruck. Wales penalty

40

Halfpenny tees it up, a good 50m out over to the right. Tough shot this. Just drifts right

40

Bekker is on for Botha. Wales restart and come pouring forward. SA take and kick, Byrne takes and kicks back, sending it high. He takes his own kick brilliantly, Wales have ball and territory

41

SA get it though and manage to clear up field

42

Welsh scrum on their own 10m line. They run a nice move with the blindside wing coming in. The back row take it one, Wales kick

43

SA return the kick, Byrne takes and he kicks long. It;s too long though, going dead so we come back to the Wales half for a Springbok scrum

44

SA run it left with slick hands, but Halfpenney steps up to intercept. On to Shanklin, he goes round the corner, making good ground into the SA 22. But SA are back, they nick it and scramble it clear

45

Wales attack again but the handling isnt quite right and SA get it, kicking it clear. Pienaar this time - he's got a huge boot on him and he's not afraid to use it

46

SA steal Wales lineout ball, but M Williams snaffles it back in midfield and Wales build some phases

47

S Williams gets it in heavy traffic. steps once, twice, three times, it;s beautiful, but he's going no where, then wham! Pietersen smacks him. But Williams gets it back. Nice little snippet of action there. Williams and Pietersen are having a great battle this afternoon

48

pause in play for an injury before SA kick it long again

49

Wales attack on half way and Byrne finds a gap. He's clean through, onto Halfpenneyas Wales streak into the Welsh 22. But ut's that mabn Pietersen again, getting back and making the tackle. Ball loose, S Williams knocks on

50

Solid SA scrum, Pienaar nudges long yet again, up to half way

51

long welsh throw, tapped down to Peel, pick and drive and the Welsh backs are on the front foot. Out to Hook who passes straight to De Villiers, who trots it in from half way. Not the best start for Hook there

52 3 - 20

Could that be the key score? Maybe. It's a long way back from 3-20

53

Wales get a freekick from the restarts and start to build. Hook keeps it hand this time, nearly gettting through. Quick ball, Byrne breaks again, deep into the SA 22, great angle there

54

Wales pound away at the SA line. Roberts, Evans and R Jones all go close, but SA soak it up

55

SA infringe, somewhat cynically, and Hook lines up a simple chance

56 6 - 20

Jantjes restarts. Exchange of kicks ends when Byrne steps Kankowski, getting some go forward. Penalty Wales. They go quickly

57

Powell to the fore again, as play moves towards the SA 22 but SA slow it down

58 9 - 20

but SA slow it down illegally. Another easy shot for Hook

59

Good couple of minutes from Wales there which gets them back into touch with the lead. R Jones takes the short restart and Wales have ball again

60

SA get it, but Wales defend aggressively. The home side now has a scrum on their own 10m line

61

Powell breaks superbly from the scrum, streaking away from defenders. It's kicked long. Wales chase well, Jantjes hangs on in the tackle and Wales tap and go. Deep in the SA 22 here, switched left, but SA are across. Fourie kills it

62 12 - 20

Fourie goes to the bin and Hooks lines up a tough touchline shot at goal. Slotted. Masterful kick that

63

Jantjes kicks and Powell takes, fending off the chasing Springboks

64

Wales kick and SA run it back. SA look to up the tempo here, but Wales keep pace, making their tackles

65

Wales have a penalty and clear up to their 10m line. Peel is scragged at the ruck, but Wales keep possession and kick

66

Long exchange of kicks. SA playing pretty conservatively - kicking away a lot of ball

67

play settles down with and SA lineout on the Welsh 10m line. SA put some pattern into their play, with Januarie sniping and first receiver hitting it up

68

very narrow play from SA, looking to shut the game down - but there's 12 minutes to go!

69

Wales nick it and run from their own 22. The passing is a bit laboured though, so they come back the other way. Line break from Rees gets them going, up to half way

70

advantage Wales for offside and they move the ball around looking for the gaps, and now trying to manufacture an overlap

71

SA hold the line though, and we come back for the original offence. Hook tees it up

72 15 - 20

In off the post. Wales now within a score, with plenty of time left on the clock. Jantjes kicks, Wales take and Powell again gets Wales going forward

73

Exchange of kicks ends with a ruck in the SA half. Wales pour forward, pressuring the SA ruck. Ball squirts out, Wales hack on, into the SA 22 - but Peel knocks on

74

Big momentum for Wales here. Scrum SA in their own 22. It goes down.

75

Januarie drives off the scrum. Back to Pienaar, who clears. Wales lineout just outside the SA 22

76

Matfield steals, crucially. SA move it to De Villiers' left boot and clears up the middle, and long. Byrne knocks on. Key error

77

SA have ball and territory, but there's no ambition. Two drop goal attempts, both miss. Wales kick it back, Burger rumbles, but Januarie knocks on under pressure

78

Wales knock it on though, and SA go to their short game from the scrum, eating up the clock

79

Penalty Wales. Hook kicks for the corner. 1 second on the clock - Wales lineout

80

Powell can't take the throw in - Smith swoops, sets the ruck, ball back and smacked out of play to end the match

Timeline

Time Wales  Score  South Africa
0 start of first half start of first half
5 0 - 5 Jacobs - try
6 0 - 7 Pienaar - conversion
8 0 - 10 Pienaar - penalty goal
28 Halfpenny - penalty goal 3 - 10
35 3 - 13 Pienaar - penalty goal
40+1 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
41 Bekker - sub on
Botha - sub off
50 Kankowski - sub on
Spies - sub off
51 Peel - sub on
Cooper - sub off
SM Jones - sub off
Hook - sub on
52 3 - 20 de Villiers - try
Pienaar - conversion
56 Hook - penalty goal 6 - 20
58 Hook - penalty goal 9 - 20
59 Steyn - sub on
Jacobs - sub off
60 Januarie - sub on
Fourie - sub on
du Preez - sub off
de Villiers - sub off
61 Fourie - yellow card
62 Hook - penalty goal 12 - 20
65 Evans - sub off
Gough - sub on
67 Mujati - sub on
Smit - sub off
72 Hook - penalty goal 15 - 20
74 Smit - sub on
Mujati - sub off
80 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
end of half
0
80

Notes

 
Result South Africa won by a margin of 5 points
 
Ground name Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance 74119
 
Referee ACP Rolland (Ireland)
 
Wales Test debuts SL Halfpenny, AT Powell
South Africa Test debuts none
 
Match notes match played indoors

Teams

Wales South Africa
Tries none Tries Jacobs (5), de Villiers (52)
Cons none Cons Pienaar (6, 52)
Pens Halfpenny (28), Hook (56, 58, 62, 72) Pens Pienaar (8, 35)

Match stats

Wales   South Africa
0 Tries 2
0 from 0 Conversion goals 2 from 3
5 from 7 Penalty goals 2 from 2
71.4% Kick at goal success 80.0%
0 Dropped goals 0 (2 missed)
Kick/pass/run
45 Kicks from hand 46
0 Passes 0
120 Runs 68
549 Metres run with ball 280
Attacking
3 Clean breaks 2
19 Defenders beaten 7
19 Offloads 5
86 from 95 (90.5%) Rucks won 55 from 60 (91.7%)
0 from 0 Mauls won 0 from 0
17 Turnovers conceded 10
Defensive
78/10 Tackles made/missed 127/24
88.6% Tackling success rate 84.1%
Set pieces
8 won, 0 lost (100.0%) Scrums on own feed 9 won, 1 lost (90.0%)
12 won, 4 lost (75.0%) Lineouts on own throw 8 won, 2 lost (80.0%)
Discipline
7 Penalties conceded 18
0/0 Yellow/red cards 1/0

Wales stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Byrne 0/0 0 16/0/9 103 2 2 1 2 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
W Halfpenny 0/0 3 0/0/6 59 0 0 1 1 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Shanklin 0/0 0 1/0/7 36 0 2 0 0 8/0 0/0 1 0/0
C Roberts 0/0 0 0/0/9 40 0 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 1 0/0
W SM Williams 0/0 0 1/0/6 42 0 3 0 3 0/1 0/0 0 0/0
FH SM Jones 0/0 0 9/0/7 11 0 1 1 1 6/0 0/0 0 0/0
SH Cooper 0/0 0 4/0/3 7 0 0 1 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Jenkins 0/0 0 0/0/5 10 0 0 1 0 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
H Rees 0/0 0 0/0/4 22 1 1 1 0 6/1 0/0 1 0/0
P AR Jones 0/0 0 0/0/1 3 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
L AW Jones 0/0 0 0/0/6 5 0 0 1 1 8/1 3/0 0 0/0
L Evans 0/0 0 0/0/10 11 0 0 1 1 4/2 3/0 2 0/0
F RP Jones 0/0 0 1/0/12 47 0 0 1 1 10/2 2/0 0 0/0
F ME Williams 0/0 0 1/0/9 26 0 0 4 2 11/0 1/0 0 0/0
N8 Powell 0/0 0 1/0/17 91 0 8 5 3 4/0 1/0 1 0/0
(L) Gough 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Peel 0/0 0 3/0/5 27 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(FH) Hook 0/0 12 4/0/4 9 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

SA stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Jantjes 0/0 0 8/0/7 25 0 1 1 0 7/1 0/0 0 0/0
W Pietersen 0/0 0 1/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 8/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Jacobs 1/0 5 1/0/2 5 0 0 0 0 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
C de Villiers 1/0 5 0/0/6 59 1 0 0 1 9/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Habana 0/0 0 0/0/2 16 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
FH Pienaar 0/0 10 21/0/4 20 1 2 0 1 7/4 0/0 0 0/0
SH du Preez 0/1 0 8/0/3 9 0 0 1 0 6/1 0/0 2 0/0
P Mtawarira 0/0 0 0/0/1 8 0 1 0 0 9/1 0/0 1 0/0
H du Plessis 0/0 0 1/0/4 12 0 0 0 1 10/1 0/0 2 0/0
P Smit 0/0 0 0/0/5 4 0 0 0 0 10/1 0/0 1 0/0
L Botha 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 3/2 0/0 2 0/0
L Matfield 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 1 8/1 4/2 1 0/0
F Burger 0/0 0 0/0/6 29 0 0 1 1 17/2 2/0 3 0/0
F Smith 0/0 0 0/0/10 15 0 0 1 0 10/2 0/1 0 0/0
N8 Spies 0/0 0 0/0/4 22 0 3 1 1 7/1 1/0 1 0/0
(P) Mujati 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Steenkamp 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Bekker 0/0 0 0/0/2 7 0 0 0 0 5/2 1/1 1 0/0
(N8) Kankowski 0/0 0 1/0/7 43 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Januarie 0/0 0 0/0/2 4 0 0 0 3 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Steyn 0/0 0 1/0/1 2 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1 0/0
(C) Fourie 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 1 1/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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