Inaugural Win In SA
The touring sides put on a good showing this weekend with all four of the Northern Hemisphere (Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales) sides beating their respective opponents. The Red Dragons only just got the better of the Springboks in a game that went right down to the wire.
The first half ended 3-3 but after twenty minutes of the second, South Africa were nine points up after three penalty conversions from Handre Pollard. With 13 minutes left in the game, Gareth Anscombe converted a penalty and in the final two minutes of the match, Wales scored a converted try to take them over the line by a single point.
This latest win for Wales meant that it was their inaugural win on South African soil in ten attempts since 1995. They managed to get within one point in 2014 when the Springboks won 31-30 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, and with this first win under their belts they’ll be filled with confidence going in the deciding game of the series.
It must be said that only one player remained in the starting XV from the first to the second test for the Boks which was Eben Etzebeth. Despite the fact that the Springboks fielded an unproven side, with two new debutants, when they fielded one of their strongest outfits they only managed to win by three points.
The aggregate score of the two games played so far is Wales 42 - 44 South Africa which shows us that the Springboks may not be as dominant as is suggested.
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Wayne Pivac has only made one change to the side that beat the Springboks in their last outing, Josh Adams comes back into the team after being benched last week, with Owen Watkin taking his place on the bench. Dan Biggar and Dillon Lewis make surprising starts after both players were subbed off in last week's game due to injury.
After making 14 changes in last week’s fixture, Jacques Nienaber has made a further ten changes for this game. He has recalled his superstars in Siya Kolisi, Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi who will be fresh and fit in what is the strongest Springboks side so far.
Eben Etzebeth is the only player to start all three tests and will be making his 100th start for his country this weekend.
Now that South Africa have fielded their strongest side, it isn’t looking good for Wales being over 6.0 to win the match outright. The bookies have lengthened their odds because of the formidable team put out by the Springboks.
We believe that South Africa will dominate this game and will show the world why they are the reigning world champions.
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Springboks v Wales Teams
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