|Wales (12) 18|
|Pens: Biggar 6|
|South Africa (9) 23|
|Strive: Marx Pens: Pollard 4, Steyn, Jantjies|
World champions South Africa battled again to defeat Wales in a compelling contest at Principality Stadium.
Wales led for 73 minutes thanks to 6 Dan Biggar penalties organising an 18-15 benefit.
The defining second was a vital strive from substitute hooker Malcolm Marx, typifying the affect of the South African forwards from the bench.
4 penalties from Handre Pollard and kicks from Frans Steyn and Elton Jantjies sealed the Springboks’ win.
There was a controversial second-half incident when Wales substitute Liam Williams was denied a try-scoring likelihood by a pitch invader with the scores at 15-15.
It helped South Africa to a primary win in Cardiff in eight years towards a formidable Wales facet who have been lacking many prime internationals and bounced again from a 54-16 defeat towards New Zealand final weekend.
The Springboks’ ahead dominance took its toll although on a dogged Wales, who saved out the guests for thus lengthy and have been indebted to an excellent defensive efficiency from the returning Ellis Jenkins.
Accidents for Alun Wyn Jones and Ross Moriarty towards the All Blacks added to Wales’ lacking injured British and Irish Lions checklist of Ken Owens, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Dan Lydiate, Taulupe Faletau, George North and Leigh Halfpenny.
South Africa have been near the facet that defeated New Zealand final month though scrum-half Faf de Klerk, flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit and wing Cheslin Kolbe have been lacking by harm.
Sleepless night time
The Springboks’ preparations had been disrupted by the hearth alarm going off twice at their Cardiff metropolis centre lodge within the early hours of the morning.
It was Wales who began extra brightly with a frantic opening which noticed loads of kicking within the moist situations, with house wing Louis Rees-Zammit denied an early strive after good cowl defence from Siya Kolisi and Herschel Jantjies.
Rees-Zammit was again within the facet alongside fellow English-based backs Biggar and Nick Tompkins after the trio missed the New Zealand defeat as a result of the match fell outdoors World Rugby’s worldwide window.
Biggar and Pollard slotted over two early penalties every in an interesting opening quarter as Wales combined up their attacking sport however have been punished for sloppy errors in receiving kick-offs.
Flanker Jenkins, who was considered one of three adjustments within the pack alongside Rhys Carre and Will Rowlands, made his first main contribution with an outstanding turnover on his worldwide return within the Welsh 22.
It was his first Wales look in virtually three years towards the identical opposition he suffered a critical knee harm towards in November 2018 and which pressured him to overlook 26 months of motion.
His trademark turnover acted as a catalyst for defence to modify to assault with Biggar restoring the lead with a 3rd penalty.
A prolonged stoppage noticed referee Paul Williams in lengthy dialog with tv match official Olly Hodges about two incidents involving South African prop Ox Nche and Tompkins.
Williams adjudged the second obstruction incident was worthy of a yellow card due to the quantity of offences with Biggar slotting over a fourth penalty.
The New Zealand official evened up the numbers with Carre despatched to the sin-bin for the hosts’ persistent offending after the Cardiff prop transgressed in a driving line-out.
Pollard slotted over a 3rd penalty to scale back the deficit to 12-9 at half-time.
Springboks scrum power
South Africa’s scrum dominance was emphasised early within the second half even earlier than they introduced on their formidable front-row substitute trio of Marx, Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Koch.
A fearsome attacking onslaught from South Africa, impressed by substitute full-back Frans Steyn and wing Makazole Mapimpi, was halted in Wales’ 22 by an excellent rip from Jenkins.
Johnny McNicholl’s clearance kick was collected by Jesse Kriel with South Africa yielding a penalty. It was a momentum shift with Biggar slotting over his fifth kick as a substitute of the hosts conceding a strive.
Steyn efficiently kicked a long-range penalty effort from 5 metres inside South Africa’s half earlier than the Springboks’ set-piece stranglehold continued with additional contemporary legs, and Pollard levelled the scores.
Wales made their very own reshuffle with Liam Williams approaching for his first sport of the season on the wing and changing captain Jonathan Davies with Josh Adams slotting into the centre and Jenkins turning into the brand new skipper.
Scarlets prop WillGriff John additionally received his first cap earlier than that weird incident occurred with an intruder on the sector interrupting a try-scoring likelihood for Liam Williams.
After it had been investigated, Wales have been awarded a penalty and Biggar kicked his sixth penalty.
Mapimpi appeared to have scored the opening strive within the 69th minute after gathering a go from lock Eben Etzebeth.
After reviewing the incident, although, referee Williams adjudged South Africa have been offside following the kick from substitute Cobus Reinach as a result of the gamers had not retreated.
Wales introduced on Gareth Anscombe for Biggar for the ultimate 10 minutes however South Africa began to dominate the aerial battle by the majestic Mapimpi.
There was no denying Marx from a driving line-out for an unconverted strive as South Africa led for the primary time within the 74th minute.
Ulster hooker Bradley Roberts made his Wales debut towards the nation of his beginning however couldn’t cease the South African success as Jantjies sealed the win with the ultimate kick of the sport.
Wales: McNicholl; Rees-Zammit, J Davies (capt), Tompkins, Adams; Biggar, T Williams; Carre, Elias, Francis, Rowlands, Beard, Jenkins, Basham, Wainwright.
Replacements: Roberts for Elias (70) W Jones for Jenkins (42-45) for Carre (68), John for Francis (60) Carter for Jenkins 78, S Davies for Wainwright (54), G Davies for T Williams (68), Anscombe for Biggar (68), L Williams for J Davies (60), J Davies for Tompkins (78).
Sin-bin: Carre (35)
South Africa: Willemse; Kriel, Am, de Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, H Jantjies; Nche, Mbonambi, Nyakane, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi (capt), Smith, Vermeulen.
Replacements: Marx for Mbonambi (45), Kitshoff for Nche (45), Koch for Nyakane (45), Mostert for de Jager (60), Wiese for Kolisi (70), Reinach for H Jantjies (53), E Jantjies for Pollard (65), Steyn for Willemse (13).
Sin-bin: Nche (30)
Referee: Paul Williams (NZR)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Brace (IRFU) & James Doleman (NZR)
TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU).