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South Africa overwhelms Wales 43-17 in first test under new coach

South Africa overwhelms Wales 43-17 in first test under new coach

South Africa scored four tries Saturday to beat Wales 43-17 in the first test with a flawless kicking display from Butch James.
The Springbok flyhalf scored 23 points at Free State Stadium with four conversions and five penalties in an expansive display of rugby in new coach Peter de Villiers's first test.
De Villiers made 10 changes from the team which won the World Cup.
South Africa scored a single try through fullback Conrad Jantjes in the first half and added three more in the second half through center Jean de Villiers, No. 8 Pierre Spies and veteran fullback Percy Montgomery.
Wales got tries from fullback Jamie Roberts late in the first half, before winger Shane Williams scored late in the second half.
Wales paid the price for poor discipline, giving away too many penalties.
"We made too many mistakes," Wales captain Ryan Jones said. "South Africa capitalized whenever we lost possession, but we have no excuses."
South Africa captain John Smit, leading the Springboks for the 50th time, was critical of his team's defense but welcomed the first victory under De Villiers.
"It felt phenomenal, and it's the start of a new era for sure," Smit said. "Peter can get some sleep at last tonight."
South Africa started by holding onto possession well, and opened the scoring through a pair of peanlties from James before Wales flyhalf Stephen Jones replied with a penalty in the 15th minute.
James kicked two more penalties before Jantjes scored after Luke Watson's drive from a ruck. Center Adrian Jacobs took the ball up well and fed Jantjes inside for the try.
Roberts hit back six minutes later with a try for Wales after the visitors took a quick tap penalty on their own 22-meter line.
Soon after halftime, De Villiers accelerated into a gap after Smit had ripped the ball free from a maul. De Villiers was tackled but not held, and went through to score.
Watson then offloaded to scrumhalf Bolla Conradie who, after a sidestepping run, handed the ball to Spies who drove over from short range.
Despite the Springboks relaxing, Williams' try was still special. He got the ball on an overlap on the left, outstripped the defenses, and then sidestepped inside a covering Bryan Habana to touch down under the poles.
"I saw Bryan coming, and used his speed to get inside him," Williams said. "There was no way he was going to be able to turn around at that speed."
South Africa scored once more through a sniping run by Montgomery wide out on the right.
The teams meet in the second test next Saturday.
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Scores:
South Africa 43 (Conrad Jantjes, Jean de Villiers, Pierre Spies, Percy Montgomery tries; Butch James 4 conversions; James 5 penalties) def. Wales 17 (Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams tries; Stephen Jones, James Hook conversions; Jones penalty). HT, 22-10.


Updated : 2021-07-25 12:15 GMT+08:00