Wales 18-23 South Africa rugby LIVE REACTION: Springboks BEAT Dragons in physical contest in Cardiff – latest updates

WALES lost to South Africa 23-18 in Cardiff despite leading with 15 minutes to go in their pulsating contest at the Principality Stadium.

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    'DISCIPLINE COST US'

    Jonathan Davies speaking to Amazon Prime:

    "It was a proper test match. An arm wrestle for 80 minutes.

    "The boys dug deep and showed a lot of physically. Our discipline probably cost us the result today, I can't fault the effort. It's disappointing.

    "Frustration crept in a bit and conditions didn't help the way we wanted to play.

    "You go out there and try and physically match teams. South Africa are one of the best in the world. We've got to take the positives from today and move on to next week."

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    PHEW

    Got your breath back yet?

    That was some finish. Yet another close call between these two teams, but it's another loss for Wales after last week's All Blacks hammering.

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    PLAYER OF THE MATCH

    Here's South Africa's Frans Steyn:

    "I'm just happy we won. I've never lost here so it's pretty awesome. I love this place. It's an awesome stadium and always special to play here.

    "I don't know where we go after this but we'll keep fighting and grinding out wins like this.

    "This (Wales) is a quality side and they're going to do well in the Six Nations to come."

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    FT: WALES 18-23 SOUTH AFRICA

    The penalty is GOOD and that's the end of that.

    South Africa win it late thanks to Marx's try – the only try of the game.

    Wales had their nose in front all the way but were beaten right at the last.

    A thriller in Cardiff.

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    WALES 18-20 SOUTH AFRICA

    80, PENALTY SOUTH AFRICA!

    And that will be the game. South Africa brilliant in defence to drive Wales back and force the penalty.

    Their bench celebrates and some of their players punch the air too.

    Heartbreak for Wales.

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    WALES 18-20 SOUTH AFRICA

    80, The lineout is secured.

    Wales have the ball in their own territory as time expires.

    They need to get it upfield and have one last kick.

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    WALES 18-20 SOUTH AFRICA

    79, PENALTY WALES!

    They can kick this upfield and launch one final attack.

    There's still hope!

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    WALES 18-20 SOUTH AFRICA

    78, Wales somehow hold on to deny Marx from mauling in another.

    But South Africa still have the ball and time is running down.

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    WALES 18-20 SOUTH AFRICA

    77, The kick is to the corner again. South Africa not risking the penalty fro a tight angle.

    They want this ball in their hands and a game-sealing try.

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    WALES 18-20 SOUTH AFRICA

    77, South African on the march again and have a penalty advantage.

    Game slipping away for Wales here.

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    WALES 18-20 SOUTH AFRICA

    75, Five minutes to go now and the crowd are roaring their team on for one final effort.

    That missed conversion means Wales could still win this with a penalty or a drop goal.

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    WALES 18-20 SOUTH AFRICA

    73, IT'S A TRY THIS TIME! SOUTH AFRICA LEAD!

    A perfect line-out and heeeeaaaaavvveee. There was absolutely no stopping that.

    Malcolm Marx at the back of the pack stayed patient, picked his moment, and went over for the try.

    Jantjies can't quite make the conversion from a tight angle, so the lead is just two points

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    WALES 18-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    72, Huge pressure from South Africa on the Welsh defence and they get another penalty.

    The Springboks feel hard done by for that disallowed try but the momentum is with them now.

    The penalty is right on the sideline so a tough kick, and they decide to go for the corner.

    This is engrossing.

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    WALES 18-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    70, Into the final 10 minutes!

    Can Wales hold on? Will there be some more late drama?

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    WALES 18-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    68, TRY for South Africa! NO!

    Mapimpi went over for the first try of the game to send the Springboks fans into raptures.

    But there was a TMO check and it's come back for offsides and a penalty Wales.

    Bryan Habana on commentary says South Africa were hard done by. I think he's probably right. That looked very tight from the kick.

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    WALES 18-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    64, Oh my word, what's happened there?

    A pitch invader seems to have denied Wales the first try of the game.

    It went over to Williams on the flank and he just had to check his run as a fan was being tackled to the ground by a steward.

    Play went back for a penalty, and Biggar nailed it to put Wales ahead again.

    But did that pitch invader cost Wales?

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    WALES 15-15 SOUTH AFRICA

    60, AND WE'RE LEVEL!

    Exactly an hour played and Handre Pollard nails another penalty from short range to make it 15 apiece.

    It's down to a 20-minute shootout now. Nothing to separate the teams.

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    WALES 15-12 SOUTH AFRICA

    55, And another perfect kick brings the Springboks back within three points.

    Ice cool from replacement Frans Steyn as he drills it through the sticks.

    Blow for blow and still no clue which way this game will go.

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    WALES 15-9 SOUTH AFRICA

    51, Biggar from around 45m just off centre… and it's absolutely perfect.

    He doesn't even wait for it to pass through the posts before turning and jogging back.

    Wales lead back up to six, and the crowd belief rises just a tad more.

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    WALES 12-9 SOUTH AFRICA

    48, WALES PENALTY!

    Allende found some space out wide and his kick through to himself was perfect.

    Wales just about scramble back to deny him and the crowd defiantly chant for their team as they look to keep the door shut.

    A huge defensive effort, and Wales finally emerge with the ball to huge cheers – then win a penalty in the South African half!

    Amazing passage of play.

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    WALES 12-9 SOUTH AFRICA

    46, Both teams are now back to their full compliment of players after the yellow cards.

    15 on 15 again. And Wales with their noses ever so slightly in front.

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    WALES 12-9 SOUTH AFRICA

    43, Bit of a worry for Wales as Jenkins leaves the field and doesn't look to be moving very freely.

    Wyn Jones is on for at the start of the second half.

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    PEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPP!

    Right then, we're ready for the second half.

    Underway again in Cardiff.

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    FIRST HALF STATS

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    KICK OFF

    Wales legend Jamie Roberts speaking on Amazon Prime:

    "They're not messing around if they don't get anywhere in the first phase or second phase.

    "Dan Biggar's kicking has been brilliant and the Wales chase has been even better. Defensively as well, very good."

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