Wales blow fire on Boks

South Africa’s high hopes of victory in next year’s Rugby World Cup were shattered by Wales as the Springboks suffered a humiliating defeat at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff today.

Wales scored only their second victory over the Springboks since 1906 as they out-thought and outclassed a South African side that yet again looked everything but the second best side in world rugby.

Going into the game, Wales’ New Zealander coach Warren Gatland had won only one test in 27 matches against the powerhouses of the southern hemisphere but after running the All Blacks close the week before, his Dragons were up to the task against the Springboks.

Gatland’s solitary win against a Sanzar team was against the Wallabies, 21-18, back in 2008, but Gatland had the satisfaction of outmanoeuvring his South African counterpart Heyneke Meyer in a dull international in which neither team played any enterprising rugby.

In the end, there were no tries scored – Leigh Halfpenny’s four penalties trumping the two kicked by Patrick Lambie.

Although the Springboks had to make many changes in the build-up because of injuries and calls by professional clubs to which South African players are contracted, the Boks were just not in the game.

The propensity to be too individualistic, which has reappeared on this tour, came again to the fore.

To top a dismal day, Bok skipper Jean de Villiers suffered a serious knee injury.

The test brought the curtain down on the 2014 season, giving Meyer a record of played?14, won?10,

lost?4.

The defeats were against New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Wales.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
46% - 5581 votes
It's four more years for Trump
54% - 6613 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.39
(+0.31)
ZAR/GBP
21.29
(+0.11)
ZAR/EUR
19.44
(+0.12)
ZAR/AUD
11.62
(-0.16)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(+0.16)
Gold
1919.05
(+0.45)
Silver
25.09
(+1.37)
Platinum
880.99
(+1.15)
Brent Crude
43.05
(+1.28)
Palladium
2398.00
(+0.84)
All Share
55271.75
(+0.20)
Top 40
50851.62
(+0.22)
Financial 15
9956.35
(-0.22)
Industrial 25
75567.07
(+1.08)
Resource 10
53788.16
(-0.63)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo