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As it happened - Wales 12-34 South Africa

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By James Standley

"Great rugby by Wales - glimpses of what a fantastic side we are capable of being. Promising news!"
From the Bakers of Blackwood, Wales via text

"A valiant effort by Wales in my opinion. I'm certainly not embarassed."
Welshdragon via 606

Full-time: It's all over in Cardiff as South Africa open their reign as world champions with a comprehensive win.

It is a fitting send-off for coach Jake White in his last full international in charge of South Africa, while Wales will hope incoming coach Warren Gatland has seen enough to convince him he can turn them into a real force on the world stage.

77 mins: Bismarck du Plessis is sent to the sin bin for infringing at a ruck as Wales attack desperately. The Boks are once again down to 14 men but they manage to keep the hosts at bay.

74 mins: "Why do Wales only start playing in the second half? It's too late at international level."
H in Bridgend via text on 81111

72 mins: Wales win a third attacking line-out deep South Africa territory, but once again they lose their own throw to halt their attacking momentum.

67 mins: TRY Wales 12-34 South Africa
Disaster. When Wales turn over the ball in their own 22 Mark Jones decides to try and take Habana on the outside. The lightning-fast South African predictably runs him down and when Jones's pass goes loose, the hosts are in all sorts of trouble.

Some sweet passing gives Kankowski the chance to run out wide and a simple dummy helps him split the cover and cruise over for a debut try, which goes unconverted.

65 mins: There's plenty of action off the ball as the game becomes a bit fractious - someone could do something a bit silly here as tempers flare.

Wales are giving it their all but they are finding the South Africa defence impossible to break down, at the moment at least.

"Stoddart has had a great game. He could be the next Gareth Thomas."
singingbakerboy via 606

58 mins: Replacement Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips is blatantly taken out off the ball by prop CJ van der Linde, but the touch judge somehow misses it.

A promising Wales attack then grinds to a halt as Stoddart drops a difficult pass with the hosts threatening to cut loose out wide. The Boks look to be sitting back a touch at the moment - can Wales trim the gap still further?

53 mins: TRY Wales 12-29 South Africa
Wales hit back as Hook chips to the corner and Stoddart rises high to mark his debut with a try. Hook drills the conversion over from the righthand touchline to give the home crowd something to cheer about.

51 mins: ++++Stat attack++++ In scoring his try Charvis became the all-time leading international try scorer for a forward with 22.

47 mins: Wales are giving it a lash and South Africa lose Albert van den Berg to the sin bin as he gives away a penalty to halt a dangerous attack by the hosts. Wales take the scrum, but fail to take advantage against a seven-man South Africa pack and the visitors escape.

44 mins: TRY Wales 5-29 South Africa
The visitors open their account for the second half as Habana, the International Rugby Board player of the year, explodes into the game.

He scythes through the Wales defence and draws Stoddart before feeding Pietersen, who glides round under the posts. Pretorius adds the extras.

41 mins: Bok number 10 Pretorius gets the second half under way - can Wales possibly battle back and stun the world champions?

Half-time: "Hooray, try for Wales. Will this be the start of a comeback I wonder, one can only hopeż"
richie on 606

"Amazing spectacle in Millennium Stadium - fabulous atmosphere!"
Elizabeth May Pink via text

39 mins: TRY Wales 5-22 South Africa
Wales hit back. Morgan Stoddart chips ahead and regathers after good work by Henson and Rhys Thomas. The full-back is halted just short of the line but Colin Charvis picks up and ploughs over to get Wales on the board. Hook hits the post from wide out with the conversion on the stroke of half-time.

33 mins: "Another South African try. And this with Wales dominating territory and possession. What will happen when they tire and South Africa start to come at them?"
Cricketing_stargazer on 606

31 mins: TRY Wales 0-22 South Africa
Er, this is getting painful. JP Pietersen slices through the midfield on a sublime inside pass and he puts Fourie in for his second unopposed try in little more than a couple of minutes. Easy game this, eh Jaque. Pretorius converts.

28 mins: TRY Wales 0-15 South Africa
Oh dear. The Boks attack down the left and when they switch it to the right there is no cover left and Jaque Fourie is totally unopposed as he ambles over in the corner.

25 mins: Schalk Burger is penalised for a swinging arm as he tries to tackle Hook, but from straight in front of the posts the fly-half misses to the right. Let's assume he was shaken up by Burger's attempt to take his head off.

20 mins: TRY Wales 0-10 South Africa
South Africa have been defending well and when they finally break out they stroll over for the first try of the match as Andre Pretorius puts Juan Smith through a gap and the star flanker beats full-back Morgan Stoddart with ease before sliding over.

Pretorius converts and it looks ominous for Wales. They have had the lion's share of possession and territory but trail by 10 points - how did that happen?

18 mins: James Hook runs over to the touchlines to have a dislocated finger put back into position as play continues. Crikey.

14 mins: Wales earn a free-kick on their 22 and James Hook rifles the ball into touch deep inside South African territory. A sweeping Wales attack then comes to an end as Gethin Jenkins' hands let him down. The hosts are enjoying the better of things at the moment.

9 mins: Henson produces another fine pass - after missing the World Cup is this the second coming of Mr Church?

Wales take a quick tap as they try to inject plenty of pace into the game but Jonathan Thomas runs away from his support and is penalised for holding on.

5 mins: Wales are chucking the ball about and although Gavin Henson is hammered by Habana he gets the ball away to keep the attack flowing.

3 min: PEN Wales 0-3 South Africa
South Africa second row Bakkies Botha is high tackled by Jonathan Thomas and Francois Steyn drills over the penalty.

1 min: The match gets underway, although there is thick smoke from some fireworks having over the pitch and things are murky to say the least.

A half break from James Hook draws an appreciative exclamation from BBC Sport's World Cup correspondent Mark Orlovac - he loves bit of Welsh fly-half magic.

1456: We've found an optimist!

"I actually think Wales will come away with the win today. The lads have nothing to lose, are playing the World Cup champs and have Henson's facial hair!
Matt in City via text

1453: The anthems are over and the kick-off, admittedly a few minutes after the scheduled time, awaits.

1451: "With so many first team players missing this will be a great chance for wales to possibly beat the world champs. They will also have a point to prove after there shock exit at the world cup."
Richard via text on 81111

1449: Before the anthems there is a minute's applause in honour of Wales legend Ray Gravell, who died earlier this month.

1445: Prince William is having his photo taken with the World Cup and the respective captains before being introduced to the two teams.

He was at the final of course, supporting England, but we'll gloss over that shall we?

1442: Are there any optimistic Welshmen using the BBC's 606 chat site at all?

"Just hope Wales can give the Boks a game today. Damage limitation is the aim today I think for Wales with the Boks on the crest of a wave."
richie4eva1

1439: Some odd emotions for the two coaches I'd have thought.

Wales caretaker coach Nigel Davies will hand over the reins to Warren Gatland after his one and only game in charge, while the match will be Jake White's last full international in charge of the side he guided to the William Webb Ellis Trophy.

1435: OK folks, here are your teams for the game. The hosts bring back the newly trimmed Gavin Henson at inside-centre, while the Boks have superstar Bryan Habana on the wing and hand a debut to athletic number eight Ryan Kankowski.

Wales: Stoddart; M Jones, Parker, Henson, Shanklin; Hook, Peel; Jenkins, Bennett, R Thomas, Evans, A Jones, Charvis, Sowden-Taylor, J Thomas.
Replacements: T Thomas, D Jones, Charteris, Popham, Phillips, Sweeney, James.

South Africa: Pienaar; Pietersen, Fourie, Steyn, Habana; Pretorius, Januarie; Van der Linde, Smit, J du Plessis, Botha, Muller, Burger, Smith, Kankowski.
Replacements: B du Plessis, Van der Merwe, Van den Berg, Lobberts, Olivier, Jantjes, Ndungane.

1431: "With this being Jake White's last 'real' test match in charge (albeit a friendly) and the Bokka players wanting to see him go out on a high, I predict a proper hiding for the Welsh."
StellarTigersFan on 606

1428: The Boks may only be fielding nine of their World Cup-winning XV in Cardiff, but they will go into the match as strong favourites - are there many Wales fans who think they can pull off a shock?

"To be honest, as much as I want Wales to win, we don't really stand a chance."
Acer on 606

1415: So, just 30 minutes to go before South Africa take the field as reigning world champions for the first time since 1999.

I'm guessing there will be more than a few Welsh fans present at the Millennium Stadium who were cheering them on against England on 20 October, but there is no doubt where their allegiance will lie for this encounter.

Wales had a dismal time in France, failing to even reach the quarter-finals after losing to Fiji, and they would love nothing more than to knock over the world champions at the first time of asking.

How do you think the game will go? Send us your views via 606 or by text whether you are at the ground or following the game from home or on an afternoon out.

SEE ALSO
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