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Player ratings: Close, but no cigar

One defensive error at a scrum allowed Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez to race over for a match-winning try five minutes from time – a 23-19 victory.


It was heartbreaking, but perhaps the margin is a true reflection of how close it was – just one moment of magic from the Bok genius.

Jan de Koning rates the Welsh players!

15 Gareth Anscombe:

Only one decent run from the back, while he concede a couple of turnovers and also missed some tackles.


14 Alex Cuthbert:

His hands again let him down, as it has done throughout the tournament. Also missed a couple of tackle that cost his team.


13 Tyler Morgan:

Was very quiet. Other than a handful of tackles made no meaningful contribution.


12 Jamie Roberts:Player ratings: Close, but no cigar

His positional play was exceptional – as he thwarted a number of Bok attacks and cross-field kicks. His contesting in the air was great, although he missed a couple of tackles and conceded a penalty.



11 George North:

A really impressive early run that put the Boks on the back foot and kept up his threatening play with ball in hand. Made all his tackles, but conceded a couple of penalties.


10 Dan Biggar:

His brilliance gave Wales their try. His kicking out of hands also kept Boks under pressure and unless he was injured, it was a huge blunder to replace him.


9 Gareth Davies:

His support play is exception and greatly contributed to Wales' try. His defending, however, left a lot to be desired.


8 Taulupe Faletau:

Physical with ball in hand, even though he was well-marked by the Boks, and made a mountain of tackles.



7 Sam Warburton (captain):

Impressive work at the breakdown, on attack and defence, including some crucial turnovers. Close to being his team's most valuable forward.


6 Dan Lydiate:

His defence against the big Bok ball-carriers was impressive and he was also very efficient at the breakdown. Racked up the biggest tackle count in the game.


5 Alun-Wyn Jones:

The physical presence Wales required against SA, but missed a few tackles and also not as effective in the line-outs as the Welsh would have wanted.


4 Luke Charteris:

He made life unpleasant for the Boks when they attempted to set up their mauls – pushed the envelope and conceded a few penalties.


3 Samson Lee:

Solid in the scrums, but his workrate outside of the set pieces was very poor.


2 Scott Baldwin:Player ratings: Close, but no cigar

His best work was on defence and he was solid in the set pieces.


1 Gethin Jenkins.  

Worked hard on defence and solid in the scrums.



16 Ken Owens (on for Baldwin, 57th min):

Brought nothing mew – just steady and doing the same defensive work as Baldwin.


17 Paul James (on for Jenkins, 56th min):

He made some tackles, but otherwise made no impact.


18 Tom Francis (on for Lee, 56th min):

Absolutely no impact. Made a handful of tackles and kick-off held his ground in the scrums.


19 Bradley Davies (on for Charteris, 64th min):

Made his tackles and nothing more.


20 Justin Tipuric (on for Lydiate, 64th min):

Did not make the impact that was expected of him.


21 Lloyd Williams (on for Davies, 71st min):

Not enough time to be rated.

22 Rhys Priestland (on for Biggar, 73rd min):

Not enough time to be rated.

23 James Hook (on for Morgan, 68th min):

Not enough time to be rated.


Player ratings: Close, but no cigarPlayer ratings: Close, but no cigar

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