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S Africa v Wales as it happened

FINAL SCORE: South Africa 37-21 Wales (Pretoria):

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By James Standley

So South Africa win but the final score is very flattering to the Boks. After their first-Test thumping the Welsh were much-improved second time out, but in the end the Springboks had just too much.

80 mins: TRY - South Africa 37-21 Wales
My mistake, it was Du Plessis in the 18 shirt. The TMO gives him the try and James drills the conversion over in the final action of the match.

79 mins: Wales spill the ball as they try and go from deep and Jantjes kicks through, with a hugely frustrated Habana knocking on as he sees the tryline open up in front of him. He has another go a minute later but is halted a yard short. The Boks keep coming and Bismarck du Plessis goes over - the ref will go to the TMO for a decision.

77 mins: It is the Boks who are on the attack, with Habana showing lovely skills to flip the ball inside and keep the attack on the move, but eventually the Boks knock on. Wales will have the put-in but the game looks up for the visitors.

75 mins: Williams embarks on another wriggling run and the Boks swarm on him like flies. Wales hold on at the next ruck and 21-year-old Steyn steps up to have a shot at goal from 5m inside his own half. He easily has the length but the ball drifts to the right of the posts - Wales are right back in their own half now though. Warren Fury is on for Cooper at scrum-half.

73 mins: South Africa turn over possession as Wales attack and Montgomery kicks deep from his 22. Wales return the ball with a kick of their own but Montgomery takes a safe mark.

72 mins: Januarie dives in on Cooper to stop a Wales attack and knocks on. Wales have a scrum just outside the South Africa 22 in the middle of the park.

69 mins: Replacement second row Andries Bekker, all 6ft 10in of him, flops over the top at a ruck but Jones misses the penalty to the left of the sticks. That could be decisive, with only just over 10 minutes remaining and the Boks still more than a converted try ahead.

Wales bring on Andrew Bishop for Tom Shanklin, Ian Evans for Ryan Jones and Duncan Jones for Rhys Thomas.

66 mins: TRY - South Africa 30-21 Wales
Superb breaks from James and Jantjes cut Wales to shreds as they run from deep. Wales infringe desperately and although they resist two tap penalties De Villiers makes it over from short range after replacement Percy Montgomery is held up just short. James converts, and the Boks look as they are going in for the kill.

63 mins: PENALTY - South Africa 23-21 Wales
Wales spill a high kick to hand possession back to the hosts. James chips ahead but the bounce of the ball eludes the onrushing Chavanga and De Villiers. Play is pulled back for a penalty and James slots the simple kick to edge South Africa back into the lead.

61 mins: PENALTY - South Africa 20-21 Wales
The Boks are penalised at the scrum and Jones bisects the posts to put Wales back into the lead. This game is very much alive.

59 mins: South Africa introduce Bismarck du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski, Francois Steyn and Gurthro Steenkamp to loud acclaim from the crowd. Tonderai Chavanga drops a high kick to give Wales a scrum midway inside the South Africa half.

57 mins: South Africa are awarded a penalty just inside their own half and James kicks for touch. Matfield leads the charge from the line-out but the Wales defence holds firm and they win possession back when South Africa are penalised at a ruck just inside the Wales 22.

55 mins: Wales go wide but the South Africa defence holds firm. Williams limbos his way through a couple of tackles to get Wales going forward again but they spill the ball forward and when the Boks counter from their own line De Villiers brings howls from the crowd as his kick ahead drifts out of play.

52 mins: Habana is penalised at the restart and Jones hammers the kick 60m to relieve the pressure.

51 mins: PENALTY - South Africa 20-18 Wales
South Africa win the restart and James clears to touch. Jones chips ahead and Habana can't claim it, Shanklin kicks ahead and Tendai Mtawarira does not roll away at a ruck. Jones drills it between the sticks and the gap is back down to two points.

49 mins: PENALTY - South Africa 20-15 Wales
Wales infringe at a ruck through Roberts and South Africa take a quick tap penalty but are called back by the referee. James drills the ball between the posts to give the hosts a five-point lead.

46 mins: The hosts counter through Conrad Jantjes, who throws an outrageous dummy as he runs from his 22, but the Boks are turned over and Wales kick to touch.

44 mins: James Hook beats two men from his own 22 and Wales are awarded a penalty, which Jones drills into touch. Wales then win a free-kick at the line-out and launch another attack, with Williams somehow beating three men in a metre to keep Wales on the front foot, but the attack runs out of steam and South Africa are awarded a penalty.

41 mins: Ryan Jones claims the kick-off and Wales kick deep. When South Africa return the ball Wales counter from deep and Shane Williams chips ahead, but play is called back for a foot in touch.

"Good to see Wales competing against S Africa. Hope they keep the physicality up and make the tackles count."
Mark on TEXT 81111

"GO ON WALES. GO ON!!!!!!"
Millsie 1981 on 606

HALF-TIME: Wales spurn the chance to lead at the break as Jones pushes a long-range penalty wide, but the visitors will be delighted with their first half show. They have massively upped their physicality after being bullied last week and it shows on the scoreboard. This one looks like it will go right down to the wire.

39 mins: PENALTY - South Africa 17-15 Wales
South Africa hammer away at the Welsh line and Roberts infringes to halt the attack - he is warned that if he does it again he will be yellow carded. James knocks over the simple penalty to give the hosts the lead.

34 mins: TRY - South Africa 14-15 Wales
Take a bow Shane Williams. Wales turn over possession and Williams sets off up the short side, with what looks like half of South Africa streaming towards him. He looks certain to be engulfed by the cover but cuts back infield to fix the nearest tackler, Watson, and then veers back outside before outpacing the cover and diving over in the corner. Stephen Jones cannot convert but Wales are in front with half-time looming.

"How the hell did Williams manage that?"
Captaincarot on 606

30 mins: The Wales pack make good ground around the fringes as Wales work their way into South African territory, but a poor pass to Jamie Roberts brings the attack to a halt.

"I personally would love to see Wales win, but as long as we play well and give them a run for their money, I don't mind who wins."
elliebop on 606

26 mins: Wales are penalised at a scrum but James misses from distance, ending a run of 10 successful shots at goal.

20 mins: TRY - South Africa 14-10 Wales
Wales hit back with a try straight off the training ground. When they win a line-out it is immediately passed back to scrum-half Gareth Cooper as he nips round the front of the line. The Gloucester number nine beats the last man and scoots over for a fine score, with Stephen Jones slotting the conversion to cut the deficit to just four points.

17 mins: TRY - South Africa 14-3 Wales
South Africa are dominating possession and look dangerous when they go wide. Wales are defending well and halt an initial Bryan Habana incision but Juan Smith breaks through out wide seconds later and puts recalled scrum-half Ricky Januarie over for a cracking try. James converts, and not for the last time you suspect.

12 mins: TRY - South Africa 7-3 Wales
South Africa win a penalty at a five-metre scrum and kick it into the corner. After winning the line-out and driving it into the heart of the Wales defence Luke Watson, son of Cheeky Watson, produces an appropriately cheeky offload to Jean de Villiers, who powers over from close range. James converts.

8 mins: South Africa launch a sweeping attack and Butch James just fails to go over in the corner after the recalled Victor Matfield takes out three Welsh defenders with a thunderous charge. A minute later the Boks put Wales under massive pressure at a scrum on the visitors line and turn over possession.

3 mins: PENALTY - South Africa 0-3 Wales
South Africa launch their first attack but Butch James kicks the ball dead. Wales are then awarded a penalty just inside the Springboks' half and Stephen Jones takes the chance to give Wales an early lead.

1 min: South Africa claim the kick-off and power out of their own 22 but Wales turn it over and attack across the width of the pitch before a South Africa hand halts proceedings and Wales are awarded a scrum.

1400: We're under way at Loftus.

1358: "To be honest I think Wales are really up against it, but I also thought that they made SA look better than they were last week by constantly knocking on and missing tackles."
archie100 on 606

1557: South Africa are greeted with a huge roar as they run out at the home of 2007 Super 14 champions the Blue Bulls - the anthems await.

1355: It has been another bad day for the northern hemisphere teams, with England thrashed in New Zealand and Ireland going down to Australia in Melbourne - can Wales turn things around for the Home Nations?

1345: Here are the teams for the Pretoria encounter:

South Africa: Jantjes; Chavhanga, Jacobs, de Villiers, Habana; James, Januarie; Mtawarira, Smit, B Botha, B Botha, Matfield, Watson, Smith, Spies.
Replacements: Du Plessis, Steenkamp, Bekker, Kankowski, Conradie, Steyn, Montgomery.

Wales: Hook; M Jones, Shanklin, Roberts, Williams; S Jones, Cooper; Jenkins, Hibbard, R Thomas, Gough, A Jones, R Jones, J Thomas, Delve.
Replacements: T Thomas, D Jones, Evans, D Jones, Fury, Bishop, James.

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