RECAP | Springboks edge Wales 32-29 after Loftus thriller

Willie le Roux had a superb outing when he replaced Elton Jantjies at half-time at Loftus... (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)
Willie le Roux had a superb outing when he replaced Elton Jantjies at half-time at Loftus... (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)
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02 July 19:40

MATCH REPORT: Willemse sparks second-half magic to save Boks

02 July 19:36

Bok No 8 Jasper Wiese was named Man of the Match.

02 July 19:26


South Africa 32 (3)

Tries: Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm Marx, Cheslin Kolbe, Penalty Try

Conversions: Damian Willemse (2)

Penalties: Elton Jantjies, Willemse

Wales 29 (18)

Tries: Louis Rees-Zammit (2), Dewi Lake

Conversion: Dan Biggar

Penalties: Biggar (3)

Drop goal: Biggar

02 July 19:19

An epic game of rugby!

The Boks fought back from 18-3 down at half-time but then almost threw it away at the end.

Wales will rue too many yellow cards as they remain winless against the Boks in 11 Tests in SA.

02 July 19:12

FULL-TIME: Springboks 32-29 Wales

A phenomenal game of rugby sees the Springboks sneak a win right at the death!

02 July 19:12

82'- Willemse coolly slots the PENALTY to hand the Boks a famous win!

02 July 19:11

81'- Penalty to South Africa as a Wales player is penalised for a deliberate tap-down. It's just to the left of the posts, about 35m out.

Willemse has the chance to be a hero!

02 July 19:10

80' - The Boks launch an attack from deep... they surge deep into Wales territory. Time is up on the clock! Can they sneak a famous win?

02 July 19:08

78'- It's all to play for in the final two minutes!

02 July 19:07

78'- Biggar narrowly misses with his conversion attempt.

SA 29-29 Wales

02 July 19:07

77'- TRY to Wales as they hit right back with their own powerful driving maul. Dewi Lake is the man to dot down!

02 July 19:06

76'- Alun Wyn Jones is now back on, so that leaves Wales with 13 men.

02 July 19:04

75'- After that penalty try, Rhys Carre is also off with a yellow card.

Wales are  down to 12 men!

02 July 19:03

74'- PENALTY TRY to the Boks after Wales buckle under another powerful driving maul!

SA 29-24 Wales

02 July 19:02

73'- Wales winger Rees-Zammit is also off for a cynical infringement. The Boks have a penalty in the red zone.

02 July 18:57

71'- Herschel Jantjies is on at scrumhalf for Faf de Klerk.

02 July 18:56

70' - The Boks look dangerous again but a forward pass from Am to Mapimpi halts their charge in the Wales 22m area...

02 July 18:55

69'- Salmaan Moerat makes his Test debut, replacing Eben Etzebeth.

02 July 18:52

67' - Wales replacement lock Alun Wyn Jones is also off with a yellow card for a cynical infringement. 

02 July 18:51

67'- Willemse slots the CONVERSION from the touchline.

SA 22-24 Wales

02 July 18:51

It was a brilliant team try, but finished by some clever decision making and skill!

02 July 18:50

65'- TRY to the Springboks as Cheslin Kolbe scores in the corner after collecting a brilliant chip kick from Damian de Allende!

02 July 18:47

62'- Biggar slots the PENALTY to hand Wales a nine-point lead.

SA 15-24 Wales

02 July 18:46

60'- Another kickable penalty for Wales, who have now managed to wrestle back the momentum in this game.

A few poor tactical kicks from the Boks have halted their charge, most notably by De Klerk.

02 July 18:38

54'- PENALTY slotted by Biggar.

SA 15-21 Wales

02 July 18:37

53'- Wales win a penalty from the ensuing kick-off as the Boks transgress at a ruck. Biggar has a relatively easy shot at goal...

02 July 18:36

52'- Willemse pulls the conversion away to the left...

SA 15-18 Wales

02 July 18:34

50'- TRY to the Springboks as replacement hooker Malcolm Marx barges over after a driving maul!

02 July 18:31

50'- Elrigh Louw is on for his Test debut while Kwaga Smith is also on.

Kolisi and Mostert are the players off.

02 July 18:28

50'- A clear momentum shift now as a great break from De Jager brings the Boks back into Wales territory. They win another penalty and will set up a lineout in the red zone.

02 July 18:26

48'- The Boks have subbed their entire front row.

Biggar is also back from the sin-bin for Wales.

02 July 18:26

47'- CONVERSION slotted by Willemse.

SA 10-18 Wales

02 July 18:24

45'- TRY to the Springboks as Bongi Mbonambi barges over after a powerful driving maul!

02 July 18:22

44'- Faf de Klerk is now the man kicking for touch...

02 July 18:22

43'- A kicking penalty right in front for the Boks. But they'll set up an attacking lineout...

02 July 18:18

40'- But already a mistake by Willemse as he fails to find touch with a penalty....
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Our referee is Nika Amashukeli from Gorgia. He will be assisted by Angus Gardner from Australia and Andrew Piardi from France. The TMO is Joy Neville from Ireland.
Leicester's openside flanker Tommy Reffell has been included in the starting line-up and will make his Welsh debut against the Springboks. George North is also back for Wales after a 12 month spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury, while Rhys Carre returns after a long absence to provide cover on the bench for the front-row.
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar (c), 9 Kieran Hardy, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Tommy Reffell, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Gareth Thomas. Replacements: 16 Dewi Lake, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Alun Wyn Jones, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Owen Watkin.
The Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber surprised a few pundits by including utility back Damian Willemse at full-back ahead of Willie Le Roux, who is on the bench. He also decided to include Elton Jantjies at fly-half ahead of Handre Pollard, who was released late by his club and as a result arrived late at the training camp. It is also expected that Salmaan Moerat will make his Springbok debut from the bench on Saturday.
South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nché. Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Elrigh Louw, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Willie le Roux.
When these teams last met in November 2021 in Cardiff the Springboks secured their first victory in Wales after a eight year drought thanks to a crucial late try by Malcolm Marx helping to secure the 23-18 scoreline.
When these teams last met in November 2021 in Cardiff the Springboks secured their first victory in Wales after a eight year drought thanks to a crucial late try by Malcolm Marx helping to secure the 23-18 scoreline.
Wales also lost by a point in their last encounter against Italy at the Principality Stadium in March.
This is the Springboks' first match since they went down in a narrow 27-26 defeat to England at Twickenham in November.
G'Day and welcome to Loftus Versveld in Pretoria for our coverage of the first International between South Africa and Wales.
Kick-off! We are underway here in Pretoria after stirring renditions of the National Anthems and a minute of silence to remember Phil Bennett, the former Welsh fly-half, who passed away recently! It's the first time that the current Rugby World Cup champions are playing at home in front of a capacity crowd since winning the crown.
Despite a rampant Springbok start Wales make their way into the opponents half. Willemse then spills a high-kick but the Springbok are fortunate to come away with an offside penalty. They set up the line-out.
TRY, WALES, REES-ZAMMIT! 0-5: Wales steal the set-piece and go wide. Willemse cannot get there in time to cover and Rees-Zammit runs home to SCORE!! A DREAM START!
Dan Biggar fails to convert.
Wales are putting the Boks under pressure and they know just they want to get out of the box-kicks!
Kolbe brilliant in the air to secure a high-kick but they come back for a Wales penalty after a late tackle by Wiese. Wales set up the line-out.
DROP-GOAL, WALES, BIGGAR! 0-8: The Boks secure the set-piece and Wiese carries well to make good ground. Jantjies then tries a cross-kick and Wales have the ball back. Not the best Jantjies kick. Biggar then tries a drop-kick and the initial decision is wide but the TMO says It's OVER!
Great work by Eben Etzebeth to STORM DOWN a Wales kick and Wales secure the subsequent line-out. They go to the blind-side where Wiese steals it. Jantjies with another cross-kick and this one is better.
What looked like a dangerous tackle by Wales on Malherbe is not even referred to the TMO. Interesting. Wales have a scrum after a knock-on and Malherbe ensures a Springbok penalty at the scrum. Jantjies will have a shot at goal.
Jantjies takes his time and it hits both the uprights. He needed to slot that for his own confidence! We have a water break!
The Springboks secure a scrum and Damian de Allende takes it into the tackle. The ball is recycled and after six phases they come back for an offside penalty. Jantjies will have another go.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 3-8: This time he slots the easy kick.
Wales secure a penalty following a tackle off the ball. Biggar will try his luck from halfway at altitude.
PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 3-11: It sails down the middle.
Great work at the breakdown now by the Boks and they are just trying to play ketchup, as Jantjies slots the kick wide. Did he pull it? Yes! Oh dear!
Wales secure a set-piece under pressure and kick deep and high. Willemse tries to set up an attack and makes some ground. The Boks have a penalty and this time they go for the corner and Jantjies sends it out on the full behind the goal line.
A BIG SCRUM by the Boks secure a free-kick and they opt for another scrum now trying to milk a penalty.
Wiese collects at the base and gains momentum before De Klerk kicks forward. The Boks somehow get it back and string the phases together.
The referee has a long chat to the captains after a little fisty cuffs and it ends with a Springbok line-out inside the Welsh 22.
The set-piece is secured and after the drive is stopped they go wide. It comes back to Jantjies who's cross-kick ends up inside the goal area where Kolbe spills it. Another water break. Really?
TRY, WALES, REES-ZAMMIT! 3-16: It's a line-out over the top by Wales and Jantjies cannot clear. Louis Rees-Zammit kicks ahead and the bounce of the ball favours him to SCORE!
The Boks make their way into the Welsh half but then great work by the debutant Tommy Reffell, who secures a penalty at the breakdown. Wales finds touch.
CONVERSION, WALES, BIGGAR! 3-18: Biggar silences the crowd with a good kick!
Another error as the Boks spill the ball following a poor pass from De Klerk.
YELLOW CARD, WALES, BIGGAR! 3-18: After a few resets at the scrum inside the Wales half Wales go to the blind-side but the Boks get it back. Jantjies goes wide and Biggar gets back to stop De Klerk. What a tackle on him ! The TMO has a look and Biggar is sin-binned! He failed to roll away! Great call!
HALF-TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 3-18 WALES. What a first 40 it was for Wales. The Boks have made lots of mistakes but all credit to Wales and Louis Rees-Zammit with his two tries. The Boks will have to have a hard talk at the break. Elton Jantjies has struggled.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half. What can the Boks do?
De Klerk with another high-kick now and Malherbe tries to get there but de Jager is penalised on the ground.
Faf De Klerk finds touch following a Bok penalty at the breakdown.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, MBONAMBI! 8-18: The line-out is secured and the Boks have another penalty after the driving maul. Again De Klerk finds touch. They gain momentum with the maul and Bongi Mbonambi is OVER!
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, WILLEMSE! 10-18: Willemse takes over the kicking from Jantjies, who has been replaced. It sails over!
Willemse with a cross-kick now and the Boks secure a penalty at the breakdown. De Klerk finds touch. Has the momentum shifted?
The line-out is secured and they go wide after the maul is stopped. Le Roux finds Kolbe and the play comes to an end near the side-line. We have a potential head injury to Tomas Francis after he caught the knee of Steven Kitshoff. Sadly he leaves the field.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, MARX! 15-18: He does it again! The line-out is secured after the touch-finder Marx drives over for a second line-out maul try. WOW! That's what he did against Wales last time they played.
The conversion from Willemse drifts wide!
PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 15-21: Biggar holds his composure and slots a cool kick after a penalty at the breakdown.
Wales are applying the pressure now and are looking better and better.
PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 15-24: It's another Wales penalty at the breakdown and De Jager is the guilty party. Biggar lines it up again after Wales slowed the game down again and he slots it DOWN THE MIDDLE!
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KOLBE! 20-24: Kwagga Smith with a great run and he offloads to Louw. The ball is recycled and they come close. They go wide and after a cross-kick and a short chase Kolbe SCORES IN THE CORNER. THE CROWD ROARS!
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, WILLEMSE! 22-24: What a beauty by Willemse from the corner. In the meantime Alun Wyn Jones has been sin-binned.
Wales with a lucky goal line drop-out and the Boks lead an attack. They string seven phases together before the Lukhanyo Am pass goes forward. They did not need that.
Herschel Jantjies is on for De Klerk and Wales just manage to clear their scrum.
Kolbe into a break and he is stopped near the 22. The ball is recycled and Willemse sends Le Roux away. Wiese then appears to have scored in the corner but was there a try saving tackle? The TMO will have a look.
NO TRY and YELLOW CARD, WALES, REES-ZAMMIT! 22-24: The two-try scorer is sin-binned for a cynical tackle to prevent a try. Why no try?
PENALTY TRY, SOUTH AFRICA! 29-24: The referee has had enough, as the maul is collapsed. They also lose Rhys Carre for a YELLOW CARD!
TRY, WALES, LAKE! 29-29 : Wales secure a penalty at the breakdown and Biggar finds touch. They secure the line-out and with 13 men WALES GO OVER WITH THEIR MAUL! Great try by Lake! Biggar misses the conversion. Oh DEAR!
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South Africa
46' Mbonambi Bongi
51' Marx Malcolm
66' Kolbe Cheslin
3' Rees-Zammit Louis
32' Rees-Zammit L...
77' Lake Dewi
47' Willemse Damian
67' Willemse Damian
33' Biggar Dan
17' Jantjies Elton
20' Biggar Dan
55' Biggar Dan
63' Biggar Dan
Drop Goals
9' Biggar Dan
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Nche Ox
Mbonambi Bongi
Malherbe Frans
Etzebeth Eben
Jager Lood De
Kolisi Siya
Mostert Franco
Wiese Jasper
de Klerk Faf
Jantjies Elton
Mapimpi Makazole
de Allende Damian
Am Lukhanyo
Kolbe Cheslin
Willemse Damian
Thomas Gareth
Elias Ryan
Lewis Dillon
Rowlands Will
Beard Adam
Lydiate Dan
Reffell Tommy
Faletau Taulupe
Hardy Kieran
Biggar Dan
Adams Josh
Tompkins Nick
North George
Rees-Zammit Louis
Williams Liam
Le Roux Willie
Koch Vincent
Marx Malcolm
Jantjies Herschel
Kitshoff Steven
Moerat Salmaan
Smith Kwagga
Louw Elrigh
Navidi Josh
Williams Tomos
Jones Alun Wyn
Watkin Owen
Anscombe Gareth
Francis Tomas
Carre Rhys
Lake Dewi