BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) – Wales’ improved discipline in defence in their very own 22 was key to their first ever away check win over South Africa, coach Wayne Pivac mentioned after their 13-12 victory on the Free State Stadium on Saturday.
Wales bought 4 yellow playing cards and conceded a penalty strive within the 32-29 first check loss per week in the past however had been extra disciplined in opposition to a much-changed Boks aspect that spent many of the recreation within the guests’ half whereas missing accuracy to end them off.
There was a yellow card for Alun Wyn Jones for the second week working, although he can really feel aggrieved having been unfortunate to be penalised for fingers within the ruck after they had been clearly nowhere close to the ball.
“It (Jones’ yellow card) was in the identical a part of the sphere to final week however the distinction was we had been extra disciplined. We hung in there,” Pivac informed SkySports.
“It allowed us to keep within the recreation. We’re disillusioned we’re not 2-0 up. Next week will likely be an enormous problem, it can make for a great sequence. It’s a giant week for us now.”
The guests claimed the victory as wing Josh Adams crossed for a strive within the nook with two minutes remaining and alternative flyhalf Gareth Anscombe landed a strain conversion from the touchline.
Pivac could have a call to make as to who will begin at flyhalf within the sequence decider in Cape Town subsequent Saturday after captain Dan Biggar left the sphere injured and could have to be assessed. It allowed Anscombe to have his historic second.
“He (Anscombe) is a top quality kicker, I’ve confidence in him,” Pivac mentioned. “He missed one however bought the one which mattered. We felt we might performed sufficient to win it, however it wasn’t simple by any stretch.”
(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Ken Ferris)