International Rugby: Wales vs South Africa Preview



Wales will look to repeat last year's victory over the Springboks when they host them at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday the 2nd of December. 

The Welsh will play in front of 64 000 expected fans as both teams look to end their end of year tours on a high.
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Date: Saturday, December 2
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-Off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

To Win (80 mins)
Wales 14/10 | Draw 22/1 | South Africa 6/10
Handicap
Wales (+3.5) 9/10 | South Africa (-3.5) 9/10

South Africa

For South Africa, the end of this tour might see the release of Allister Coetzee after a topsy-turvy season, which was marred by a record loss to New Zealand in Albany and a record loss to the Irish in the South Africans Autumn International opener.

Looking ahead to this clash - Warrick Gelant and Dan du Preez will get their first Springbok starts this year, and Lukhanyo Am could come off the bench to earn his first Springbok Cap.

The selection of Handre Pollard means he will start his second Test after his performance against Italy last weekend. Pollard's tactical kicking is far superior to that of Elton Jantjies and it can even be argued that he offers more on the attack, with the Lions' 10 content to sit in the pocket putting the rest of the quicks on the back foot. Pollard will also need to have his kicking boots on as we all know how important three-pointers are in the Northern Hemisphere.

Francois Louw, Duane Vermeulen, and Franco Mostert have returned to their respective clubs and will not be available for this Test match. But that sees the return of Siya Kolisi who is back in the team after the birth of his newborn with Rachel Kolisi.

Malcolm Marx also returns to the fray after an injury scare, the prolific hooker is well established as one the best at the breakdowns, at disrupting rucks, and contesting at scrum time.

Wales

The Welsh suffered a loss to Australia - with a team that didn't appear to be their first string squad, and a week later lost to the All Blacks in a match that I think they only lost by five points. The Welsh fell victim to Waskai Naholo's incredible finishing. Naholo scored two tries at the exact corner in incredible fashion. 33 - 18 the final was the final score - but minus those 10, the hosts would have trailed by five and maybe had a whisker of a chance.

Nonetheless the Welsh have lost Jack Ball due to injury and has named centre Hadleigh Parkes to make his International debut for Wales after earning his residency, and was formally born in New Zealand.

Dan Biggar and Scott Williams should make the most impact in therm of attack as both men harbour strong running, and ball carrying skills.

Verdict: Wales 14/10
This is extremely tough to call, but the exclusion of some of the Bok stalwarts that have returned to their respective clubs in Europe has swayed my decision. Although the Welsh have lost some of their players due to injury - the playing field is evened out and I'm going for Wales winning by a small margin to end their year off on a high.

Previous results:

2016: Wales won 27-13 in Cardiff
2015: South Africa won 23-19 in London (RWC)
2014: Wales won 12-6 in Cardiff
2014: South Africa won 31-30 in Nelspruit
2014: South Africa won 38-14 in Durban
2013: South Africa won 24-15 in Cardiff
2011: South Africa won 17-16 in Wellington (RWC)
2010: South Africa won 29-25 in Cardiff
2010: South Africa won 34-31 in Cardiff
2008: South Africa won 20-15 in Cardiff
2008: South Africa won 37-21 in Pretoria
2008: South Africa won 43-17 in Bloemfontein

The teams:

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Hallam Amos, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Rob Evans
b16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Seb Davies, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Warrick Gelant, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Lukhanyo Am

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Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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