South Africa ship message to Rugby World Cup rivals with Wales demolition

World champions South Africa delivered a ruthless show that bristled with tempo and energy to demolish Wales 52-16 on the Principality Stadium.

An inexperienced Wales line-up contained a complete of solely 235 caps and the Springboks confirmed no mercy as they cruised to a report victory over their opponents in Cardiff.

Wales’ ultimate Rugby World Cup warm-up Test – head coach Warren Gatland will title his 33-strong squad for the match on Monday – proved a horribly one-sided affair.

It was the primary time in both of Gatland’s reigns as head coach that Wales had conceded 50 or extra factors.

Centre Jesse Kriel and wing Canan Moodie every scored two tries, whereas hooker Malcolm Marx, flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit and substitute Damian Willemse additionally touched down, with South Africa’s tally accomplished by a penalty try to 5 Manie Libbok conversions.

Wales managed three Sam Costelow penalties, a Sam Parry try to Cai Evans conversion in reply, but they predictably had no reply to a South African facet that can full World Cup preparations by tackling fellow southern hemisphere heavyweights New Zealand at Twickenham subsequent Friday.

For Wales’ gamers, although, the main focus is on choice occasions on Monday and a World Cup opener in opposition to Fiji in Bordeaux on September 10.

The Springboks dominated from the off in Cardiff

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South Africa have been rapidly into their stride and went forward after simply 4 minutes by means of an impressive workforce strive.

Patient build-up play noticed them step by step make floor and when full-back Willie Le Roux went extensive, he discovered captain Siya Kolisi in help whose move despatched Marx over within the nook.

Wales responded by means of a 35-metre Costelow penalty, however there have been fast indicators of set-piece authority from South Africa as their scrum initially dominated by means of highly effective work from props Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe.

A second Costelow penalty nudged Wales forward, but the lead lasted barely two minutes as South Africa created one other spectacular strive.

Lock RG Snyman was the creator, surging clear in midfield earlier than help from scrum-half Jaden Hendrikse and Marx carved open Wales’ defence and Le Roux’s lengthy floated move discovered Moodie, who completed impressively.

Costelow accomplished a penalty hat-trick quarter-hour earlier than the interval, just for South Africa to stretch away with a 12-point burst inside two minutes.

There was an enormous aspect of fortune about them being awarded a Thirty fourth-minute penalty strive when Wales wing Rio Dyer was adjudged to have intentionally knocked the ball out of play from behind his personal line beneath stress from Moodie.

Rio Dyer gave away a penalty strive for intentionally knocking into contact

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Le Roux’s chip into the nook was directed in the direction of Moodie and batted away by Dyer. Referee Andrew Brace felt that Moodie had run previous the ball, however after extended video evaluation with tv match official Joy Neville, Dyer was yellow carded and a penalty strive awarded.

And earlier than Wales may recuperate, South Africa struck once more when centre Damian de Allende kicked deep into the opposition 22, residence centre Mason Grady chased again, however beneath stress from Springboks wing Cheslin Kolbe he threw the ball into the air behind his personal line and Kriel touched down.

From being three factors adrift and really a lot in rivalry, Wales trooped off 24-9 adrift at half-time and with a mountain to climb.

And any life like hopes of a fightback have been extinguished 12 minutes after the restart when South Africa claimed a breakaway strive.

It regarded promising for Wales deep inside South Africa’s 22, however scrum-half Kieran Hardy noticed his move intercepted by Du Toit and a supporting Kriel sprinted 60 metres to attain, with Libbok changing.

Du Toit then bought in on the scoring act, touching down from shut vary, earlier than Moodie intercepted Wales centre Johnny Williams’ move to assert strive quantity seven.

Willemse then pounced earlier than he acquired a yellow card for a excessive deal with on Dyer then Wales claimed a comfort strive 9 minutes from time by means of Parry.

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