WALES
NO.NAME
5Alun Wyn Jones, L
6Aaron Shingler, FL
3Scott Andrews, P
7Josh Navidi, FL
8Taulupe Faletau, W
2Kristian Dacey, H
1Rob Evans, P
9Aled Davies, SH
4Cory Hill, L
15Leigh Halfpenny, FB
3
14Hallam Amos, W
13Scott Williams, C
T
12Hadleigh Parkes, C
T
2
11Steff Evans, W
11Steff Evans, W
Replacements
10Dan Biggar, FH
16Elliot Dee, FL
17Wyn Jones, FL
18Rhodri Jones, FB
19Seb Davies, C
20Dan Lydiate, C
21Rhys Webb, FB
22Rhys Patchell, FB
23Owen Watkin, C

*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: Principality Stadium
7:30 PM, December 2, 2017
Attendance: 65,317

Match Commentary

81'24-22 End of second half
80'A comical end to the game. It pops loose and Patchell could have kicked it out but chips through instead and Soouth Africa have a go from deep but the Welsh pile in and hold Gelant up. Fulltime and a win for Wales, a scrappy game but the win was important.
79'South Africa win a penalty in their 22 with a minute to go. Jantjies quickly kicks it up to halfway. Last chance saloon here
78'Hadleigh Parkes has been awarded MOM on his debut
77'Webb with a moment of class as he takes the pop and drives it into the Springbok 22 for a lineout
77'Player substituted - Daniel du Preez , South Africa
77'Substitute on - Uzair Cassiem , South Africa
77'Substitute on - Lukhanyo Am , South Africa
77'Player substituted - Andries Coetzee , South Africa
76'A big moment here. A scrum to Wales on their own 10. There's been a couple of resets as the new front rows settle in
75'South Africa quickly back on the attack but Jantjies drops it at a crucial time. Took his eyes off the ball when it mattered there
75'Substitute on - Dan Lydiate , Wales
75'Player substituted - Josh Navidi , Wales
74'Turnover! They spill it in the ruck and Webb clears to halfway
73'Wales are on the backfoot now as the crowd tries to lift them. The Springboks are threatening phase after phase
71'It goes loose and Parkes hoofs it down field before Pollard returns the favour. South Africa back on the attack after Wales lose the lineout
71'Player substituted - Handre Pollard , South Africa
71'Substitute on - Elton Jantjies , South Africa
71'Substitute on - Louis Schreuder , South Africa
71'Player substituted - Ross Cronje , South Africa
71'Player substituted - Malcolm Marx , South Africa
71'Substitute on - Mbongeni Mbonami , South Africa
70'Into the last ten minutes and South Africa are back on the attack. Gelant makes some yards down the blindside and they close in on the 22
69'Substitute on - Trevor Nyakane , South Africa
69'Player substituted - Wilco Louw , South Africa
68'24-22 Penalty goal - Leigh Halfpenny , Wales
67'Wales now chasing the game. Webb has injected some pace into Wales since coming on. Wales are awarded a penalty in front of the posts for not rolling away. Halfpenny calls for the tee and by his standards it's an easy one
65'
64'Big hold from the Springboks. The Welsh get the drive on but it comes down short of the line and Garces awards South Africa the scrum
63'Wales with their first real attack of the half and they get a penalty for a high tackle. Patchell kicks deep into the 22. A big few moments ahead
60'Finally the Welsh pack get on the board. First they halt another Springbok maul, and then from the resultant scrum they win a penalty
59'This game has completely changed on it's head. Another strong driving maul from South Africa takes them into the 22, all momentum with them
57'The conversion takes South Africa into the lead... Something I wasn't expecting to type half an hour ago
57'Player substituted - Aled Davies , Wales
57'Substitute on - Rhys Webb , Wales
56'21-22 Conversion - Handre Pollard , South Africa
55'
55'TRY! A slick move in the backs sees Kriel finish well in the corner. The forwards had set it up well from the maul and left the space for Pollard to attack
55'21-20 Try - Jesse Kriel , South Africa
54'Another penalty to the Springboks at the scrum. Pollard drives his pack into the 22
54'Substitute on - Elliot Dee , Wales
54'Player substituted - Kristian Dacey , Wales
53'The first round of kick tennis comes to end with a Wales knock on. Another chance for the Springboks to attack with a scrum on halfway
50'Nearly a try of the season contender there as Patchell gathers a chip after a handy bounce before an audacious offload out the back just evades Williams
49'Patchell is straight into the action with a crossfield kick to Amos who squeezes an offload away. Faletau tries a chip through and South Africa scramble a clearance away
48'Player substituted - Dan Biggar , Wales
48'Substitute on - Rhys Patchell , Wales
48'Substitute on - Wyn Jones , Wales
48'Player substituted - Rob Evans , Wales
47'The conversion strikes the post. Wales know they're in a game now
46'
46'TRY! The forwards do the hard work, before Pollard crashes over from short range. Deserved
46'They get their maul going and win another penalty...
46'21-15 Try - Handre Pollard , South Africa
45'South Africa close to scoring but knock it on a metre out. They had the advantage though and bravely opt for the corner
44'South Africa have started more assertively here and Davies puts his boxkick out on the full handing the away side a lineout on the 22
41'Kickoff! The second half is underway. The Springboks aren't out of this and have had glimpses of attacking threat but are just committing far too many mistakes at crucial moments
41'Etzebeth has been taken off and won't return for the second period
41'Player substituted - Eben Etzebeth , South Africa
41'Substitute on - Teboho Mohoje , South Africa
41'21-10 End of first half
40'
40'Hlaftime is upon us. Etzebeth has been down for a couple of minutes prior to the whistle and doesn't look in good shape.
40'21-10 Start of second half
39'Pollard adds the tricky two. Despite playing poorly they're hanging on in there
39'21-10 Conversion - Handre Pollard , South Africa
37'TRY! From nowhere the Springboks break and Wales will be disapointed with their chase. Kriel counters and chips through and Gelant is first to it and dives in to score
37'21-8 Try - Warrick Gelant , South Africa
36'Right on cue they knock on, again. Biggar clears
36'The Springboks are slowly but surely working their way into the Welsh half. They really need a score before the half is up to stay in this
34'21-3 Conversion - Leigh Halfpenny , Wales
33'19-3 Try - Hadleigh Parkes , Wales
32'TRY! Coetzee is charged down with all the time in the world and Faletau pounces on the loose ball before flinging an offload to Parkes who crosses for his second under the posts
31'This time Pollard calls for the tee and makes no mistake bang in front of the posts
31'14-3 Penalty goal - Handre Pollard , South Africa
29'A nice break from Kolisi takes the Springboks into the 22. Marx with a brilliant pickup from his offload. Playing with the advantage they throw a forward pass and Garces blows up
28'Marx saves the day again as Wales next attack is stopped with a turnover. Pollard clears past halfway. Let's see if South Africa can keep the ball...
27'One offload too many costs Wales there. Davies tries to pop it to Andrews but he knocks on and a relieved Springbok pack gets the put in
25'Wales up to the 22 again. Amos has carried well numerous times and Wales are repeatedly breaking the gain line with ease
24'But the lineout goes completely wrong... Again Wales clear downfield
24'The scrum is the only area South Africa are having any success and they win another penalty on the halfway. Pollard manages to find touch this time and drives it into the 22
21'Another howler from South Africa as Pollard shanks his kick to touch after a penalty for a high tackle
20'Wales intercept a wayward pass metres from their own line and break all the way up to the South Africa 22. South Africa throw away a huge chance
19'NO TRY! Inconclusive pictures so South Africa get the scrum five metres out
19'
19'Marx is a one man army for the Springboks at the moment, he carries five Welshmen on his back and might have scored from the maul. The TMO is having a look in the booth
18'From the lineout they win a penalty after a powerful maul. They turn down the three and again go to the corner. Take two
17'A big, big scrum from the Springboks and they win the penalty. Pollard takes his side up to the 22 for a rare visit into the Welsh half
15'The one way traffic shows no sign of stopping. Wales piling on the pressure in the Springbok half and look like they could score with every meaningful attack
14'Another scrum to Wales in a dangerous position after an accidental offside. Davies has the put in in the middle of the pitch on the ten metre line
13'Finally some rest bite for the Springboks. They turn over the ball in their own 22 and fullback Coetzee clears to halfway
10'Wales nearly in again as another dropped ball from a kick sees Faletau metres from scoring after another Williams break. Desperate defence from South Africa
9'Not how he Springboks would have wanted to start, a huge knock to their confidence so early into the game
9'14-0 Conversion - Leigh Halfpenny , Wales
8'TRY! The debutant Parkes looks to have made a dream start to his international career! The fullback is no where to be seen as Biggar spots the gaping hole and simply chips over the top for Parkes to dive onto
8'12-0 Try - Hadleigh Parkes , Wales
7'South Africa have started poorly here. They try and play out the back but Venter is isolated and loses it in contact
6'Halfpenny adds the easy enough two
6'7-0 Conversion - Leigh Halfpenny , Wales
5'TRY! A blinder straight off the training ground. Biggar pings an inch perfect crosskick into Amos on the sprint who breaks through before offloading to Williams who crosses over from close distance
5'5-0 Try - Scott Williams , Wales
4'First lineout of the game and Hibbard misses his man, but a loose Sprinbok hand knocks the ball on and we quickly have our first scrum of the day as well. It's messy and needs the usual reset
2'Biggar hoists an up and under high in the sky and Cronje can't gather. Wales recover the loose ball and Davies feeds Evans but his grubber is deflected back into Springbok care
1'We're underway as Biggar hoists the kickoff deep into the Springbok half. South Africa gather and clear away to Halfpenny
1'The roof is closed and the Welsh anthem is sung loud and proud, kick off imminent
1'The teams appear from the tunnel to the usual fireworks. It's a large and vocal crowd considering the murmurs of 'dead rubber' from much of the Welsh public. Just the anthems to go...
1'
1'South Africa have had a tough year and Allister Coetzee is under intense pressure despite claiming pre-match that it's been a 'great year for us, in many ways'
1'Dan Biggar is back in the 10 shirt for Wales. He'll combine with debutant Hadleigh Parkes who only qualified under the residency rules this week.
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1'Welcome to ESPN's coverage of the final Autumn International, Wales vs. South Africa. Both teams will be desperate to sign off from 2017 with a win, despite both sides missing key players.
1'0-0 Start of first half