Springboks 31, Wales 30


It is an interesting game in an interesting town, this second Test between South Africa and Wales, one in which a losers could get more kudos than the winners if the Welsh are the losers and do better than they did in Durban.

Recent results:
2014: South Africa won 38-16, Durban
2013: South Africa won 24-15, Cardiff
2011: South Africa won 17-16, Wellington
2010: South Africa won 29-25, Cardiff
2010: South Africa won 34-31, Cardiff
2008: South Africa won 20-15, Cardiff
2008: South Africa won 37-21, Pretoria
2008: South Africa won 43-17, Bloemfontein
2007: South Africa won 34-12, Cardiff
2005: South Africa won 33-16, Cardiff


South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Wynand Olivier, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins.  
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Paul James, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 James Hook, 23 Matthew Morgan.

Date: Saturday, 21 June 2014
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT; 14.00 BST)
Expected weather: Sunny with a high of 23°C, dropping to 2°C.
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Francesco Pastrana (Argentina)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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59 comments for “Springboks 31, Wales 30

  1. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Wales in front by 3

  2. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Steyn miss his first kick for points

  3. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Wet Tissue Matfield just loitering around…

  4. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Wales in for a try under the poles

  5. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Try from set piece – poor….

  6. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    And coming from a missed catch by Willie

  7. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Brilliant miss by mof steyn

  8. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Second try from Wales

  9. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Try by running over Serfontein – hahaha

  10. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    And as always Vermeulen cannot catch the ball

  11. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Mof is off!

  12. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    And I guess hak hak is already writing his speech about how we must remember what a great team Wales is…and tissue is moaning again

  13. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I am now watching this game LIVE.
    It’s all hands on deck!

  14. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    SA ( as tempting as it may be ) cannot afford to sleepwalk this one while waiting for the Messerschmitt Willie to deliver them from evil.

  15. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Boks must score here

  16. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Two yellows for playing NZ rugby hahahaha

  17. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    @Bekke: Hahaha second try Boks

  18. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    & that’s why Bekke calls Willie The SunKing

  19. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Boks with advantage with two players in bin but you still have to score them

  20. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Massive significance in this game today.

    1) Willie made debut in Nelspruit.
    2) One of Willie’s nicknames is “SunKing”
    3) Today is Summer Solstice

  21. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Coincidence Americano?

  22. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    2 tries from mighty geriatrics, against 2 tries from 13 man Wales. Indeed, all is well on the front

  23. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Now for some Salusa 45 and bring them on!!

  24. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Nothing is Bekke. Universe relishes irony

  25. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Saw 39000 people here in UK at Stonhenge this morning, declaring their admiration for King Le Roux as the sun came up!

  26. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    @Bekke: if you keep saying it you would maybe believe it at the end of the day

  27. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    You live in UK?
    That would explain your penchant for cynicism….
    I noticed it was all the rage over there & very fashionable.

  28. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I think its the gray skies & prison camp cuisine.

  29. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Wow Boks got outta jail with that sure try that was a knock on

  30. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Lost ball and try is awarded

  31. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Huh? That was a knock. Oh well.

  32. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Good to see Lood DeJagr in.
    Team needs all the Cheetahs they can muster to pull this one out

  33. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Books need to trust their system, they look rushed

  34. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Stupid from Flip

  35. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Binding on Beast arm but no ref saw that

  36. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    And their is still people rating Connie

  37. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Finally boks play some rugby

  38. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Where is the yellow card

  39. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Boks take it but so ugly

  40. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Messerschmitt Willie Saves Bok Bacon Yet Again
    Good teams win even when they have really bad days & today was dreadful. Zee Meyer is gonna have these guys doing hill sprints.

    Loving Hendricks. Serfontain was meh him & JJ have same flu.

  41. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Lucky boks, really lucky. But then the saying goes, a good team wins even when they play badly.

  42. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Willie is in a league of his own! Without him it would have been a disaster

  43. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Jip, without Willie’s input Boks would have lost.
    Even with mistakes he’s just brilliant.

    Methinks we have problems with props.

  44. avatar
    June 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Greatest moment of game for me was very nuanced but still stands out.

    It was when Willie did a switch with Schalk Brits.
    It didn’t go anywhere special but considering the two offensive demi-gods involved….

    I would not have been surprised if some sort of quantum physics type stargate opened and they both disappeared from the field in a bright light. :-)

  45. avatar
    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa
    June 22, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Boks dodged a bullet and Wales should have won if it were not for creative and unpredictable.

    Flip is walking Yellow and should not play at this level and funny as I did actually get this prediction right. Play Lood now.

    The old boois are tiring and this game showed it.

    The real Yellow card should have gone to Welsh 5 for his of the ball dirty late hits on Flo. He was warned by Welsh and still try to swinging arm flo at every occasion he could.

    What I found bizarre about the penalty try is that about 50% of the tackles to stop the try or drive like Conal is illegal and dangerous. So why now Walsh why now when you have seen so many you useless Pillock.

    Well done Wales and thank-you for keeping it real for us as we have lots of room ahead for improvement

    By the way has anything come from serial offender Flip and the alleged head butt on a Bok Player?

  46. avatar
    out wide
    June 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa: Ha ha, good point you make about that penalty try awarded by Walsh. The kiwis would say …and that was why they sent referee Walsh to ply his trade over in Oz with you guys, MPOSA.

  47. avatar
    June 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    The tackle was 100% illegal and the player should have seen red.

    Didn’t watch anything…

    Seems Boks were lucky.

    On the head butt the commissioner has reserved judgement meaning he needs to think about it.

  48. avatar
    June 23, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Dawie, the tackle was illegal yes, but jees I see a lot of tackles like that when a guy dives for the line in the corner.

    IMO, Boks got lucky, but then at some point in any teams history, you get lucky and win games by sheer luck. The Welsh were extremely negative throughout the game, and that makes the fact that we won when we shouldnt have, much easier to swallow.

  49. avatar
    June 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Listened to an interview with Kaplan this morning. He reckons he wouldn’t have given the try to the Welsh and the the call was spot-on wit the last penalty try.

    I agree with him on both accounts.

  50. avatar
    June 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm


    Strange yes – Walsh made his decision on
    the normal play video, not the kykweer.
    Said something that that is the way to decide.
    Even Gatland says the PT at the end was the right decision.

  51. avatar
    Cheetah Glory
    June 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    This is supposed to be our best coach ever with our best team ever.

    But as long as we give all the good ball to the fat boys we will be a beatable team.

    We create pressure for the sake of generating penalties. Nothing has changed.

    Yes we have Willie and pace out wide, but like the past 10 years will only use it after phase 213.

    A Wales win would have been better for our game, but alas – lets enjoy the denial a bit longer…

  52. avatar
    June 24, 2014 at 3:26 am

    @Cheetah Glory:

    With the number of 1st choice players out injured or not available, this could not possibly be the best team ever.

  53. avatar
    June 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Maybe best coach after Kitch.
    Best team?
    :Rule 9:
    Go check the Bok team of the MALLETT
    Robbie Kempson
    James Dalton
    Adrian Garvey
    Krynauw Otto
    Andrews Sharks
    Rassie Erasmus
    André Venter
    Gary Teichmann (c)
    Joost van der Westhuizen
    Henry Honiball
    Pieter Rossouw
    Pieter Muller
    André Snyman
    Percy Montgomery

  54. avatar
    June 24, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Don’t allow facts and truth get in the way of a good rant Timeo you spoilsport!

  55. avatar
    June 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Boks v NZ Christchurch 1998

    Robbie Kempson 24
    James Dalton 25
    Adrian Garvey 30
    Krynauw Otto 26
    Andrews Mark 26
    Aitken Andrew 30
    Andre Venter 27
    Gary Teichmann (c) 31
    Joost van der Westhuizen 27
    Henry Honiball 32
    Pieter Rossouw 26
    Pieter Muller 29
    André Snyman 24
    Stefan Terreblanche 23

    Average age 25,3

  56. avatar
    June 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    @Cheetah Glory:

    Just want to correct you that the Willie try was not after 213 phases and most Bok tries this season so far have come off first phase field setup…

    Would do well to watch every now and then….

  57. avatar
    June 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    ps. Present Boks are a shocking average age of 28,7 and Serfontein at 21 is the youngest player…

    The talent pool is drying up…

  58. avatar
    June 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Two tries were broken play results of multiple phase plays and two the result of first phase possession attacks…

    I honestly fail to see any grounds for your usual whining Brendon

  59. avatar
    June 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    On the age thing though here is a nice STFU stat…

    Average age of teams

    Aus RWC winners 1999 = 27
    Eng RWC winners 2003 = 28
    SA RWC winners 2007 = 27
    NZ RWC winners 2011 = 28

    England 2003 average age was 28,5 as a matter of interest…

    Thanks for playing



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