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Wales v South Africa: minute-by-minute report gives you all the news, views and nonsense from the Millennium Stadium. Get involved by emailing tim.hart@itvwales.com, or tweet him @Timwellspent.


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Published: 8am 13 November 2010

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16.26: Our Swansea reporter Dean Thomas on Twitter: “Ahhhhh! OK performance by Wales but SA were there for the taking today, can’t keep letting teams off the hook 😦 – every year it seems.”

16.23: South Africa were woeful in the first-half but showed after the break why they are the World Champions.

16.22: Wales were so close but once again failed to beat one of the southern Hemisphere teams. It was a great debut for George North, though, who scored two tries and always looked threatening.

16.21: Full-time score Wales 25-29 South Africa.

16.20: Chris Czekaj takes it to the South Africa five-metre line as we reach the 14th phase. But South Africa manage to kick the ball into touch and Steve Walsh blows his whistle for full-time.

16.19: But South Africa are showing why they’re World Champions; their defence is first rate. Wales are still in possession looking for a gap.

16.18: Wales get a third penalty in quick succession. It’s deep into overtime. Wales are so close.

16.16: One last chance for Wales. Wales get a penalty and then a second penalty. We’re in the South Africa 22.

16.15: Shanklin is tackled by Gion Aplin and Wales are now in fact going backwards. And South Africa get the turnover.

16.14: Wales are on South Africa’s five metre line but the Springboks are holding firm. Wales are into the 6th phase now.

16.13: Wrong choice there by Tom Shanklin. Wales were three on one but he decides to kick it along the ground. Wales fortunate to get a line-out deep in the South African 22.

16.12: Great hands there by Stephen Jones to put Wales on the frontfoot. They get to the South African 22 before they’re forced back. Just four minutes to go.

16.11: South Africa replacement – Janne du Plessis replaced by CJ Van der Linde.

16.10: We have scrum but Wales’ John Yapp concedes a penalty.

16.08: Wales steal a South African line-out but nothing comes of it with James Hook dropping the ball after a solid tackle.

16.07: Wales go on the attack but Lee Byrne is tackled into touch. Deiniol Jones replaces Alun-Wyn Jones in the second row.

16.06: We’re at another scrum and we’ve been on this one for nearly two and a half minutes already. This is getting rather tedious at times.

16.05: Matthew Rees has been replaced by Huw Bennett at hooker.

16.04: Jean de Villiers that was a howler of a knock on.

16.03: We’re in a good maul here and South Africa have been dominant in them winning all five in the match so far.

16.02: Mike Phillips is replaced by Richie Rees at scrum half.

16.01: Tom Shanklin finds a gap in the South Africa defence and he gets into the South Africa 22 before being tackled. For a moment there I thought he was going to do it.

15.59: Wales are awarded a penalty to the delight of the crowd who feel their team were hard done by for the last South Africa penalty.

15.58: Morne Steyn has scored 19 of South Africa’s 29 points but he’s just been replaced by Patrick Lambie. Quite an odd call if I do say so myself.

15.56: Morne Steyn is on the charge. South Africa are so close to the line but Bryan Habana knocks-on. Wales are now on the break but what’s this? The referee has brought it back for a penalty to South Africa. Steyn now has an easy penalty to make it Wales 25-29 South Africa. And he does score it to make it seven kicks from eight.

15.55: Every scrum seems to take a couple of minutes!

15.53: Another error by Wales. Mattew Rees’ throw-in is not straight. South Africa scrum down.

15.52: Scrum for South Africa and they making slow progress down the field with a series of rucks.

15.50: It’s slightly calmed down now with South Africa making a couple of substitutions. Ryan Jones also comes on replacing Andy Powell. That’s a massive cheer for the Ospreys’ forward.

15.46: But Wales hit back and George North goes over for his second try of the match. What a debut he’s having. Wales 25-26 South Africa. This match is unbelievable, the momentum swings from one side to the other every two minutes.

15.44: South Africa are in a golden phase with the captain Victor Matfield going over. Steyn gets the conversion again to make it Wales 20-26 South Africa.

15.41: South Africa now have the momentum and they get their first try of the match through Willem Alberts to make it Wales 20-19 South Africa with Steyn getting the conversion.

15.40: South Africa now have a penalty advantage after Bradley Davies tried to collapse the maul. The penalty is awarded and South Africa opt to put the ball in the corner for a line-out.

15.39: They are now just a couple of metres from Wales’ try line but a knock-on by Bjorn Basson lets Wales off the hook.

15.38: South Africa are now on the offensive but Wales are holding firm for now.

15.37: South Africa replacement – Deon Steggman comes off.

15.35: Lee Byrne has conceded a penalty for touching the ball while his feet are off the ground. Another stupid error. Steyn has the chance with the penalty to make it Wales 20-12 South Africa and he does.

15.34: It turns out Shane Williams actually has a shoulder injury which could mean he misses the rest of the autumn internationals.

15.33: Wales give away a penalty for their first error of the second-half. You can’t tackle with your feet off the ground! Schoolboy error.

15.32: And Wales’ pressure finally tells with Bismark du Plessis conceding a penalty. And it’s simple enough for Stephen Jones whose penalty makes it Wales 20-9 South Africa.

15.31: Wales have picked up where they left off and Martyn Williams nearly finds a way through on the right wing.

15.30: The second-half has restarted and Tom Shanklin is back on after the blood injury. Shane Williams, though, has had to go off with a wrist injury and is replaced by Chris Czekaj.

15.20: Jamie Roberts on Twitter: “Wales will win this.” Hard to argue you with you there Jamie.

15.19: Just got the stats through and Wales have had 68 per cent of possession in the first-half. Dominant.

15.18: Although Steyn got the penalty I do disapprove of the Wales fans booing to try and put him off. What do they think this is, football?

15.17: Morne Steyn will now kick for goal to try and claw some points back. And he does it. Half-time score Wales 17-9 South Africa.

15.16: How have South Africa not scored a try? Great defensive play from Wales. The ball finally goes out of play but the ref brings it back for the penalty.

15.15: George North has knocked-on and South Africa are now just metres from the line after a scrum. It’s a penalty advantage for South Africa.

15.14: South Africa are on the frontfoot for almost the first time as they try to get some much needed points before half-time.

15.13: Shanklin comes off and is replaced by Andrew Bishop.

15.12: More injury woe for Wales. Tom Shanklin goes off for a blood injury after colliding heads with Andy Powell. Shane Williams is also hurt but it doesn’t seem as serious.

15.11: Gio Aplin runs at least 20 metres with the ball before being stopped. The ball has gone out for Wales line-out.

15.10: It’s just gone a little scrappy but as soon as Wales have possession again. Lee Byrne, with little other option kicks the ball down the field.

15.08: Another scrum, another penalty but this time it goes against Wales. The referee has penalised them for effectively going round in circles.

15.07: Mike Phillips needs to South African players to deny him making a break through. South Africa are now claiming for a penalty at any chance of one but the referee isn’t listening. We’re into the 8th phase of the move. It’s a cross-field ball but Tom Shanklin has been judged to have knocked the ball on.

15.06: Alun-Wyn Jones drives forward to the delight of the crowd but nothing comes from this move. It’s a line-out to South Africa.

15.05: South Africa somehow survive the scrum but Wales once again are on the attack. This time Frans Steyn stops Hook dead in his tracks.

15.03: We have a little pause here to deal with an injury and it’s nice to have the breather. It’s been a high-paced match so far.

15.02: For a moment there it looked like James Hook was in the clear but Steve Walsh says Stephen Jones’ pass to him was forward. Scrum down.

15.00: South Africa concede another penalty and this time Deon Stegmann was penalised for blocking the ball while off his feet. Stephen Jones gets the penalty and it’s now Wales 17-6 South Africa and South Africa look all over the place.

14.59: Alun Davies AM on Twitter: “AMAZING!!!! Brilliant Hooky!!! C’MON WALES!!!!!!!!!” My sentiments exactly.

14.58: Whenever Andy Powell gets the ball he seems to bulldoze a couple of South African players. It’s great to see him back in the team.

14.57: South Africa clear the ball to about the halfway line for a Wales line-out.

14.56: Wales penalty and a somewhat dubious decision I’m not even sure what it’s for. James Hook steps up to kick it from 52m but it’s just wide.

14.55: Every time the ball goes out to the left Wales look dangerous. But as soon as I say that Lee Byrne makes a loose pass. Wales keep the ball but are going backwards.

14.53: Wales are taking the game to South Africa and again dominate the scrum. Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa concedes a free-kick from the latest scrum.

14.51: Wales give away a penalty almost immediately. Andy Powell the guilty party. Morne Steyn steps up for his third penalty and makes it two out of three. The score now is Wales 14-6 South Africa.

14.49: Stephen Jones scores the conversion to make it Wales 14-3 South Africa.

14.48: a great run by George North on the right wing, it’s then picked up and carried well by Lee Byrne. then all of a sudden Wales massively outnumber South Africa on the left wing and Shane Williams runs through before laying the ball off to James Hook who runs through to score! Great try.

14.47: South Africa are coping slightly better with the scrums than Australia did last week but not much better. The Wales pack is on top.

14.45: The Beast of Burden Bradley Davies drives Wales forward but Mike Phillips, under no pressure, knocks the ball on to give South Africa a scrum.

14.44: The strength of Pierre Spies means he’s dragging five Welsh players on his back. Jean de Villiers, though, is judged to hold on to the ball when on the ground so Stephen Jones clears the ball with a penalty into Springbok’s half.

14.42: Matthew Rees turns the ball over but he’s judged to be offside by the referee. Morne Steyn has a chance to make it 7-6 but he doesn’t! Steyn misses an easy penalty chance.

14.41: Stephen Jones clears the ball to the half-way line for a little reprieve but South Africa go straight back on the attack.

14.39: This is end-to-end stuff. South Africa now on the offensive and Gio Aplon is stopped just a few metres from the line. The crowd are getting behind Wales and South Africa’s Ruan Pienaar knocks-on to give Wales a scrum. Good defensive work.

14.38: South Africa was convinced there was a crossing over but nothing’s been given by the ref.

14.37: George North has scored a try on his debut. Clinical move and it gives Wales the lead. Great response. Stephen Jones adds the two points to make it Wales 7-3 South Africa.

14.35: Wales respond and put South Africa on the backfoot. Bryan Habana is penalised for being offside just outside his own 22.Stephen Jones kicks it out for a line-out 10 metres out.

14.32: Wales have made a poor start. First of all they lose the ball in a turnover and then are penalised for being offside. Morne Steyn now has an easy penalty to give South Africa the lead. And he does it Wales 0-3 South Africa.

14.30: South Africa’s captain Victor Matfield becomes the most capped player for his country today by making his 103rd appearance.

14.29: The stadium seems far fuller today but there are still gaps in the top tier. Whenever Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is sung it just sends shivers down the spine.

14.25: A beautifully respected tribute made for Remembrance Day! Could have heard a pin drop.

14.23: The players are coming out on to the pitch and the roof is most certainly on this week

14.20: Of course! I’ve just realised, there are no vuvuzelas allowed in Cardiff. It was the first city in the UK to ban them after this year’s football World Cup in South Africa. There’s a bit of good news for today!

14.15: Our presenter Andrea Benfield is at the match and she’s tweeting as ever: Getting ready for Wales v South Africa http://yfrog.com/g11fwyj

13.50: Martyn Williams, meanwhile, makes his 97th appearance for Wales today. If you add his British and Irish Lions caps on top this is Williams’ 101st test which is the experience Wales will need today.

13.47: South Africa have two players who could pass the 100-points mark today. Centre Frabs Steyn has scored 97 points for his country before today while Jean de Villiers is on 95.

13.32: In fact South Africa have not lost to a Northern Hemisphere team for nearly a year. Ireland beat them 15-10 on 28 November last year.

13.30: South Africa have played 10 tests so far this season; winning six and losing four. However the Springboks have not lost against Northern Hemisphere opposition.

13.25: Potential disaster for Wales as  they’ve had the last-minute injury withdrawals of prop Gethin Jenkins and flanker Dan Lydiate.

Paul James is promoted from the bench to take over at loose-head, as is Andy Powell to fill the number six shirt.

Cardiff Blues pair John Yapp and Deiniol Jones come in as the new replacements.

13.20: Hopefully it’ll be worth it! Tom Owen on Twitter: “Not long left in work then off to the rugby. Wales to win.”

13.00: Today’s referee is Steve Walsh from Australia. He’s one of the most experienced refs around having officiated in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. This is Walsh’s 36th Test Match.

12.47: We’ve also spoken to the Welsh colossus that is Tom Shanklin and the ever consistent Jonathan Thomas. Check them out as well as so much more at ITV.com/Wales

12.45: I suppose the big team news is that Lee Byrne returns to fly-half and Scarlet’s youngster George North makes his debut on the wing. Well, as expected, we’ve spoken to both of them this week to get their thoughts on their game…

Lee Byrne interview

George North interview

12.44: Here’s our sport correspondent Richard Morgan’s preview to the match: Wales v South Africa preview

12.35: With just under two hours before kick-off here’s a reminder of the teams:

Wales: 15-Byrne; 14-North, 13-Shanklin, 12-Hook, 11-S Williams; 10-S Jones, 9-Phillips; 1-Jenkins, 2-M Rees, 3-A Jones, 4-Davies, 5-A W Jones, 6-Lydiate, 7-M Williams, 8-Thomas

Replacements: 16-Bennett, 17-James, 18-R Jones, 19-Powell, 20-R Rees, 21-Bishop, 22-Czekaj

South Africa: 15-Aplon; 14-Basson, 13-F Steyn, 12-de Villiers, 11- Habana; 10-M Steyn, 9-Pienaar; 1-Mtawarira, 2-du Plessis, 3-du Plessis, 4-Botha, 5-Matfield, 6-Stegmann, 7-Smith, 8-Spies.

12.32: A bit of further detail on the trousers; they’re the colours of the South African flag with a Springbok pattern. Let’s hope the game is just as colourful.

12.30: Good afternoon and what a lovely day it’s here in Cardiff…well it’s not raining at least. The city centre is milling with South Africans wearing some outrageous trousers.

Replacements: 16-Ralepelle, 17-van der Linde, 18-van der Merwe, 19-Alberts, 20-Hougaard, 21-Kirchner, 22-Lambie


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