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Rugby World Cup 2011: Wales v South Africa as it happened

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By James Standley

1135: That's all from me after an absolute belter of a game, if not the result many on here will have been looking for. I don't know about you but I'm not sure what I'm going to do for the next few days because there's no action now until Wednesday. Join us then for live text coverage as Scotland take on the teak-tough but limited Georgians. You can also read our report on Wales' defeat here.

harryomatic on Twitter "So gutted for Wales. They really deserved a victory for their efforts. We were robbed!"

1125: Wales captain Sam Warburton on ITV: "Pretty disappointing. We were confident all week but we just came up short. Seems to be the same story - we play very well but we don't quite get that victory. It's all about getting the win in competitions like this. We're bitterly disappointed we didn't get the win but we're getting closer."

GotheRedMen on Twitter "Why didn't the English ref go to TMO for the Hook penalty? Wales the better team. Briiliant play. Thats whY the Boks are champs."

Blessings Bunya on Twitter via hashtag #BBCRWC "Congrats to the #Springboks... #I still feel the #AllBlacks will win this #RUGBYWORLDCUP...Dont count #England out"

1112: They won't want to hear it, but a valiant defeat for Wales. They were the better team for 75 minutes and had their chances, notably that Priestland drop-goal, but it was not to be.

Full time
Full-time: Wales 16-17 South Africa
Wales try to run from their own 22 but Priestland is scragged, there's no support and South Africa turn over possession before booting the ball into touch.

79 mins: Wales 16-17 South Africa
Wales turn it over!! Scrum Wales, but they have to go 80m to score.

78 mins: Wales 16-17 South Africa
South Africa batter away inside the Wales half. Wales need to get hold of the ball.

77 mins: Wales 16-17 South Africa
Wales captain Warburton voted man of the match. He's been awesome.

74 mins: Wales 16-17 South Africa
Wales are turned over in a good position as Phillips dwells, and the Boks force them back into their own half. Hook lifts the siege with a fine kick though. South Africa return with interest, and although Priestland scythes through off a Shane Williams pop pass, Wales knock-on.

72 mins: Wales 16-17 South Africa
Hook pushes a tricky kick to the right of the posts. It is windy in Wellington, but will that be the chance?

71 mins: Wales 16-17 South Africa
Wales win a penalty in the South Africa 22, after Du Preez and Hougaard get in a muddle following a probing Priestland kick.

70 mins: Wales 16-17 South Africa
Refresh please, slight score tweak in last update. Wales are far from out of this and they come powering back at the Boks. They create a good platform for Priestland to launch a drop-goal from right in front, but he drags it well to the left.

67 mins: Wales 16-17 South Africa
Wales repel the initial South Africa drive from the line-out. The Boks move it down the line to the opposite wing and Wales stand firm, but when they create a ruck in the middle of the field replacement wing Hougaard appears on Du Preez's shoulder to cross untouched under the posts. He finishes with a celebratory swallow dive and Morne Steyn converts.

66 mins: CONVERSION: Wales 16-17 South Africa

65 mins: TRY: Wales 16-15 South Africa

65mins: Wales 16-10 South Africa
The big Bok runners take them to within five metres. Wales hold out but concede a penalty and Morne Steyn kicks it to the corner.

63 mins: Wales 16-10 South Africa
Inside the last quarter, and Alberts and Hougaard have also joined the fray for the Boks in place of Spies and Habana.

BBC Sport's Ben Dirs in Wellington on Twitter: "This is like watching some ancient edifice being chiselled away at - bit by bit things fall off, but can Wales eventually haul it down?"

61 mins: Wales 16-10 South Africa
South Africa take off captain Smit and introduce Bismarck du Plessis at hooker. Many observers would have started with Du Plessis.

60 mins: Wales 16-10 South Africa
Another stunning Welsh attack! Faletau and Roberts blast their way through the heart of the South Africa defence but the attack is halted by a knock-on three yards from the line.

58 mins: Wales 16-10 South Africa
Warbuton wins another turnover to relieve the pressure on Wales - he's having a marvellous game.

56 mins: Wales 16-10 South Africa
Oh lordy, Wales have only gone and taken the lead. Faletau takes Priestland's inside ball and powers his way over. Hook adds the extras. The world champions have 25 minutes to avoid defeat.

55 mins: CONVERSION: Wales 16-10 South Africa

54 mins: TRY: Wales 14-10 South Africa

52 mins: Wales 9-10 South Africa
South Africa concede a ninth penalty after Habana grabs Warburton around the neck. Roberts again makes yards into the guts of the Bok midfield.

50 mins: Wales 9-10 South Africa
Wales are repelled from the initial line-out but they launch a multi-phase attack and when the Boks fall offside, Hook makes no mistake. The gap is down to one point and Wales are, whisper it quietly so as not to offend the gods, definitely on top.

48 mins: PENALTY: Wales 9-10 South Africa

47 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
Roberts hammers into midfield as Wales go on the attack again but when the Bok defence holds firm Priestland kicks through. Frans Steyn hopes the ball will roll dead but is forced to kick it into touch a couple of yards out.

45 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
South Africa lock Matfield, man of the match after dismantling the England line-out in the 2007 World Cup final, is helped off, with Ulster's Muller coming on to replace him in the second row.

43 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
Wales threaten the tryline as Shane Williams attacks to within five metres down the left, but when Wales recycle a poor pass from Phillips puts Faletau under pressure and the young number eight spills the ball. Good signs for Wales though.

41 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
We're under way again and the Boks go through their paces, but Smit holds on at a ruck as Warbuton jackals away over the ball and Wales win a penalty.

Colin, from the sofa, Gateshead flat, via text on 81111: Is Peter (see 0930), from the top bunk, bristol hostel, still confident? I must disagree.

Lee in Somerset via text on 81111: Placed an accumulator Friday on the weekends 8 rugby matches..first 7 won ..last one Wales getting 13 start...I can hardly watch!!!

BBC Sport's Ben Dirs in Wellington on Twitter I fancy Wales here, this Springbok side might come off the hinges after the break

Half-time: Wales 6-10 South Africa
A Priestland drop-goal flies well wide in the last action of the half. A good 40 minutes for Wales, who more than held their own. They have looked marginally more threatening with the ball in hand, but so far defences have clearly been on top, apart from when the powerful Steyn battered his way over in the corner to give the world champions an early lead. Hard to tell which way this one is going to go at the moment, but Wales will have plenty of belief when they take the pitch for the second half.

39 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
Crucial moments here, can Wales hold out? Morne Steyn attempts a drop-goal after solid Welsh defence, but the ball drifts wide.

37 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
Wales concede a penalty at the scrum this time as loose-head James is penalised - look a touch harsh that, both props went down at the same time to the untrained eye.

35 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
South Africa hold on at a ruck and are penalised. The dancing feet of Shane Williams set off upfield from a quick tap penalty, and when the defensive line holds firm he attempts to pin the Boks in the corner, but Frans Steyn's siege-gun boot again relieves the pressure. Good signs for Wales though, they are playing well after that early shock of Steyn's try.

33 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
Wales drop out through Priestland and Matfield soars to take the kick.

31 mins: Wales 6-10 South Africa
Hook drills the ball between the sticks to give Wales deserved reward for their pressure.

29 mins: PENALTY: Wales 6-10 South Africa

28 mins: Wales 3-10 South Africa
Wales are awarded a penalty at the scrum, and Priestland kicks to touch midway inside the South Africa half. Roberts hammers away into midfield from the line-out and when Burger fails to roll away at the ruck, referee Wayne Barnes has no hesitation in awarding the penalty to Wales.

27 mins: Wales 3-10 South Africa
Fourie surges into midfield but knocks on and Priestland pins the Boks back deep in their 22. South Africa have lost De Villiers to injury and he is replaced by former Bath fly-half Butch James, who comes on at inside centre. South Africa then lose another throw at the line-out as Smit's throw is ruled not straight.

25 mins: Wales 3-10 South Africa
Wales produce a solid scrum but when Priestland kicks to the corner, Frans Steyn produces another monster clearance to relieve the pressure.

23 mins: Wales 3-10 South Africa
A poor South Africa clearance gives Wales the chance to attack again but the Bok defence holds firm and Wales are awarded a scrum in the middle of the world champions' half after a big Rossouw tackle on 6ft 10in Wales second row Charteris.

21 mins: Wales 3-10 South Africa
Morne Steyn makes no mistake to restore the Boks' seven-point advantage. Wales mountt a concerted attack, with Roberts and North hammering away, but Hook kicks out on the full

19 mins: PENALTY: Wales 3-10 South Africa

18 mins: Wales 3-7 South Africa
Massive clearance kick from Frans Steyn. Play then breaks up as both sides attack with ball in hand but Wales concede a penalty when Lydiate falls offside. Up steps the deadly Morne Steyn to have a shot at goal.

16 mins: Wales 3-7 South Africa
Hook misses to the right, but it was mighty close, with the ball looking like it might just have swung back at the last moment. Hook feels aggrieved, but the officials are unmoved.

15 mins: Wales 3-7 South Africa
The first couple of scrums are a mess but the third is stable and when Wales move the ball a high tackle by Pietersen on scrum-half Phillips gives Wales another kickable penalty. Good sign for the Welsh.

13 mins: Wales 3-7 South Africa
Wales steal a line-out from the Boks as Smit misses Burger at the back and Priestland pins South Africa back in their 22, where a knock-on gives the Welsh a scrum.

11 mins: Wales 3-7 South Africa
Hook makes no mistake and we have a contest here.

10 mins: PENALTY: Wales 3-7 South Africa

9 mins: Wales 0-7 South Africa
Fourie upends Shane Williams in midfield but the Boks go off their feet and Wales have a very kickable penalty.

8 mins: Wales 0-7 South Africa
Worrying signs for Wales as the peerless Matfield out-jumps Lydiate to claim a Welsh throw at the front of the line-out.

6 mins: Wales 0-7 South Africa
It was a superb score from the Boks. Centre Fourie got them over the gainline initially and after a couple of big Bok forwards bashed away, Fourie was on hand again to give Steyn the chance to hand off Shane Williams and blast through Hook to score.

5 mins: CONVERSION: Wales 0-7 South Africa

Try graphic
4 mins: TRY Wales 0-5 South Africa

3 mins: Wales 0-0 South Africa
The Boks hammer way inside the Wales 22 and when they move the ball wide full-back Steyn bullies his way over in the corner. They'll go upstairs but that looks good to me.

1 min: Wales 0-0 South Africa
We're off, with Habana running the ball back for the Boks after Priestland gets the game under way. A Hook knock-on from a high kick gives South Africa an early scrummage inside Wales territory.

0930: The anthems have been beautifully rendered, and kick-off awaits...

Mikey Williams on text via 81111: "I'm looking forward to seeing Rhys Priestland having to deal with Fourie on the crash ball... "

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Peter, from the top bunk, Bristol hostel, via text on 81111: "I see this being the first big upset of the RWC - Wales to win by ten"

0926: Nine of South Africa's side played when they beat England to win the 2007 World Cup final. Their XV has a combined total of 815 caps - five more than their previous record.

0924: rugbyworldcup Wales captain Sam Warburton becomes the youngest player to captain a World Cup side at 22 years and 341 days, smashing the record (23 years and 313 days) set by Takamichi Sasaki of Japan in 2007.

0921: South Africa have star winger Habana in their side after injury. He has scored 38 tries in 70 Tests, but can you guess when he last crossed the whitewash for the Boks? Amazingly it was way back in June 2010, against Italy, 11 games ago.

0914: This isn't all about me, so get in touch and share your views on the game. You can either text on 81111, or tweet, using the hashtag #BBCRWC.

0910: Head to head: Wales have beaten the Boks just once in their 25 meetings with one draw. The solitary victory came in 1999, and since then they have lost 12 on the spin. They probably shouldn't have though, as the last three games have seen winning margins of four, three and five points, so a bakers' dozen of consecutive defeats is by no means inevitable.

0902: Those teams in full: Wales: Hook; North, J Davies, Roberts, S Williams; Priestland, Phillips; James, Bennett, A Jones, Charteris, AW Jones, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau. Replacements: Burns, Bevington, B Davies, Powell, Knoyle, S Williams, Halfpenny.

South Africa: F Steyn; Pietersen, Fourie, De Villiers, Habana; M Steyn, Du Preez; Mtawarira, Smit, J du Plessis, Rossouw, Matfield, Brussow, Burger, Spies. Replacements: B du Plessis, Steenkamp, Van der Linde, Muller, Alberts, Hougaard, James.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)

0855: Team news: Wales have opted for Rhys Priestland at fly-half, with Stephen Jones injured. The talented and versatile James Hook starts at full-back, while George North gets the nod on the right wing. Luke Charteris partners Alun Wyn Jones in the second row and Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau join captain Sam Warburton in the back row. South Africa are without injured lock Bakkies Botha, so Dannie Rossouw fills in, while captain John Smit starts at hooker.

0850: We all know pre-match fuelling is important in the professional era, so I hope you're fully loaded with tea and laverbread. (My colleague Bryn assures me that it's more likely to be bacon butties, cereal or toast, but let's not spoil the stereotype eh). Kick-off in 40 minutes, are we getting nervous yet?

rwcbrianmoore Rain still sheeting down and wind straight down the field in wellington. This settles argument about indoor v outdoor stadia for me

BBC Sport's Ben Dirs on Twitter Shocking weather in Wellington, just what the Welsh boys would have preferred not to see

0845 BST: Morning everyone, are we all settled into the morning rugby routine then? The last of the home nations launches their bid for World Cup glory as Wales take on reigning champions South Africa in Wellington. Wales like to play with pace and skill, rather than the more brawn-based approach of the Springboks, so Warren Gatland's men will be disappointed that conditions are far from ideal in the New Zealand capital, according to our man on the scene.

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see also
South Africa 17-16 Wales
14 Sep 11 |  Welsh
Who will win the Rugby World Cup?
09 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup 2011 team guide
08 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup fixtures and results
26 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup tables
09 Aug 06 |  Tables
Jeremy Guscott's World Cup Q&A
06 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union

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