Springboks

Bookies give Boks slight edge

Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Springboks will beat Wales by three points in Cardiff on Saturday, if local bookmakers are to be believed.

Sportsbet.co.za has tipped the Boks by that small margin as they prepare for the first game on their end of year tour.

The Springboks have dominated Wales over the years and boast a 24-1 winning record, with one match ending in a draw.

Wales' only victory (29-19) came in 1999 at the opening of the new Millennium Stadium.

The drawn match (6-all) was at the old Cardiff Arms Park in 1970.

Since South Africa returned from isolation, the countries have met 20 times, with the Boks winning 19 of those.

However, despite their poor record against South Africa, Wales will take heart from the fact that they are the Six Nations champions and the bulk of their players made up the British and Irish Lions' team that beat the Wallabies earlier this year.

They also came close in their last four games against the South Africa, with the Boks sneaking home 17-16 at the World Cup in New Zealand two years ago and in three Tests in Cardiff before that the respective scorelines read: 29-25; 34-31 and 20-15.

Saturday's Test at the Millennium Stadium kicks off at 19:30 (SA time).

After the Wales Test, the Boks also face Scotland (November 17, Edinburgh) and France (November 23, Paris).

Teams:

Wales:

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 James Hook, 23 Liam Williams

South Africa:

15 Patrick Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 JJ Engelbrecht, 23 Willie le Roux
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