Wales score historic win over Springboks at Bloemfontein



After a miss when he was way ahead in the first test, it was Wales move to fight back in the second as they displayed impressive composure to take their first win in South Africa since victory over springboks 13-12 at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night.

It was a complete role reversal springboxes had to contend with an 18-3 deficit in the first test before finishing 32-29 winnersand Wales bounced back 12-3 after 60 minutes to seal the famous win.

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Welsh coach Wayne Pivak sympathized with his Springbok colleagues, admitting he knows how they feel.

“South Africa will probably feel the same as last week. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, but from a personal point of view, crossing the line tonight was very important for this group. They worked very hard,” Pivak said.

“Things didn’t go the way we wanted for most of the game. We knew that the South African team that came out would play well, put a lot of pressure on us, and that’s how the game went. So we’re just glad we were able to cross the line at the end.”

Captain Dan Biggar was delighted that his team made history by adding to the huge effort put in by the bench in the second half.

“It was a huge team effort. The guys that came off the bench were incredible, especially Gareth Anscombe and a special mention to Sam Wainwright who was incredible in that fight at the end,” said Biggar.

“Honestly, we felt like we were in a pretty good position last week and felt like we were unlucky that we didn’t get the job done back then. But we are in seventh heaven with happiness. The first Welsh team to win on South African soil, I’m very proud.”

Proud Efforts

Springbok captain Khandre Pollard was proud of the efforts of his team of six debutants, but was frustrated by their discipline in the second half, costing them the match.

“I thought the guys, especially the rookies, stepped up and took all the pressure during the week and made it through tonight. Bad discipline cost us a bit in the second half, and it was extremely important not to use these opportunities in the first half, ”Pollard explained.

“We have created a lot of positive things that we can develop, but our discipline has been very disappointing. I think the boys saw today that this is the smallest difference.

“You have to be on it for 80 minutes. If you miss two minutes or a couple of phases and a quality team like Wales come out, get a penalty and walk away with the points.”

Welsh winger Tommy Reffell was named man of the match after a superb performance in which he was an absolute menace at half-time, constantly intercepting the ball from Box, and also making a huge defensive effort.

“We talked about staying in the fight. We weathered the storm in the first half and said if we could have some ball and territory and maybe stalemate them a bit, we could convert that into points,” Reffell said.

“It shows the character we have in the team and the resilience to go all the way. We talked about bringing pride back to the Welsh jersey, getting into difficult places, coming forward and showing who we are.”