Monday, 10 November 2008

So close yet so far..... Wales V South Africa

In the lap of the gods!

Over the weekend myself and my brother Tim went down to Cardiff to watch Wales play South Africa.
With a capacity crowd again in the millennium stadium, the first half belonged to the Springboks as there led 13-3 at half time through an early try scored by Adrian Jacobs and Ruan Pienaar adding a conversion and penalty.
The Springboks extended their lead early in the second half when Jean de Villiers intercepted a James Hook pass to breakaway and score.
After this score the game totally changed and Wales went on the offensive and over the next 30 minutes it was mostly one way traffic as Wales pounded the Springboks try line.
Andy Powell was outstanding on his international debut with a couple of stirring runs, but try as their might Wales could not break the Boks defensive line and were only rewarding with four penalties scored by James Hook.
In the last few minutes of the match Wales made a couple of mistakes as their pounded the line for the winning try and the Boks scrambled the ball away into safety.
So at the end of the match the game finished Wales 15 South Africa 20, and I had lost my voice for shouting too much. I felt that Wales had pushed the Boks all the way but just couldn't score the winning try.
Hopefully over the next couple of weeks in this autumn series Wales can also push the All Blacks and Aussies all the way and finally beat a southern hemisphere team?
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