South Africa resist Wales assault

Eurosport - Sat, 05 Jun 16:27:00 2010

World champions South Africa hung on to a 34-31 win over Wales in a superb Test match in Cardiff.

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Warren Gatland’s side started and finished well but Peter de Villiers’s team showed why they are the top side in world rugby by dominating the middle and holding off a brave late fight-back from the Welsh.

The hosts stunned the Springboks by racing into a 16-3 lead thanks to a try and a drop-kick by James Hook and eight points from the boot of Stephen Jones.

But the visitors stayed calm and chipped away at their lead, with a trio of penalties from Ruan Pienaar and a try by Odwa Ndungane giving the tourists a three-point lead at the break.

The Springboks bossed the opening exchanges in the second half, adding two more tries though Dewald Potgieter and Juan De Jongh on his debut, both converted by Pienaar, while Francois Steyn kicked a 50-yard penalty.

Wales refused to give up and brought themselves within a converted try thanks to a lovely piece of handling by Stephen Jones putting Tom Prydie in to touch down. The angle proved too tight for Stephen Jones to convert.

South Africa immediately moved 10 points clear with another Pienaar penalty, but within three minutes it was 34-31 when Alun Wyn Jones scored after good work from Sam Warburton, Stephen Jones converting this time.

An almighty assault from Wales followed but South Africa stayed calm and organised and clung on to claim victory.


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