Zapping World Fifteen Sofiane Chellat: « Playing the World Cup in France would be historic for Algeria »
The Welsh surprised the Springboks from the start of the match. After a ball recovered on a South African touch, the Welsh went back about thirty meters before seeing that the South Af are not replaced. Biggar kicks the ball away. The latter sweeps the entire width until reaching Rees-Zammit who only has to go flatten. 5-0 for the Welsh after 2 minutes!
Wales made a good start to the match but as soon as the Springobks chained the phases of play the Welsh were regularly put at fault. After a ball not released by a Welsh defender Elton Jantjies took the opportunity to open the counter for his team in the 16th minute.
The Reds and Whites regained an 8-point lead in the 19th minute after a dangerous tackle from de Jager. 11-3 for Wales.
Fortunately for the Welsh, Elton Jantjies is not successful in this first half with missed penalties, penalties not found and the candles quoted…
Nothing works for the South Africans in this first period and Rees-Zammit will come to make them doubt a little more by coming to plant a second try in the 32nd minute. Following a Welsh touch on the 40m Springboks, the throw goes beyond 15m. Elton Jantjies does not control the ball, the Welsh winger extends at the foot, recovers and comes to punish an unrecognizable South African team for a second time. Biggar transforms: 18 to 3.
Biggar who will be sanctioned with a yellow card shortly before the break after having prevented De Klerk from releasing the ball on a test action from the South Africans. The greens and gold will benefit from a touch 5m from the Welsh in-goal but the ball will once again be lost.
Half-time sensation with Wales leading 18-3 here in Pretoria
Wales caused a sensation at the break by leading 18-3 against South Africa in Pretoria. For their reunion with the public, the Springboks were unrecognizable in this first act and were jostled in all areas of the game.