Wales held on to earn a tense 24-22 win over South Africa in Cardiff.
After an impressive first-half by the home side which saw them score three tries – one by centre Scott Williams and a brace by debutant Hadleigh Parkes, six points from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny gave the home side a 21-10 lead at half time.
A Warrick Gelant try and five points from the boot of fly-half Handre Pollard kept South Africa in touch at the break.
A strong second half comeback from the Boks including tries through Pollard and Jesse Kriel saw them move into a 22-21 lead with twenty five minutes to go.
But a penalty by Leigh Halfpenny put Wales back in the lead and despite lots of pressure from South Africa they managed to hold on for a second consecutive win over the Boks.
The win meant that Wales ended their autumn camapaign on a high while defeat for South Africa surely brings coach Allister Coetzee’s reign to an end.
Here’s how fans and pundits alike reacted to the result:
Wales were the better side. Well done. Well-coached and with a definitive game plan. Technically played Bok weaknesses in the first half. Well done Cymru. #ssrugby
— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) December 2, 2017
A poor Springboks side brutally expose some of our forwards, but Wales hang on 24-22 to secure an Autumn Internationals hat trick over South Africa across 2014, 2016 and 2017. Some awful Bok substitutions.
— GJPowell (@TheVietGwent) December 2, 2017
— Carli Human (@carli_venter) December 2, 2017
Wales beat Springboks 23-22 goodbye Allister 11 wins from 25
— Mark Keohane (@mark_keohane) December 2, 2017
— Brendon Atwell (@Batty0810) December 2, 2017
Watched Boks . Sad . Allround. Hierarchy needs rethink on how they want to play the game . Alas they wont. Its tough on the players and equally the public. We butchered a world class product ! #WALvRSA #SSRugby #WALvSA #Bokke
— Jonathan Kaplan (@RefJK) December 2, 2017
Thought I could get through this without drinking, alas….🥃🥃 #walvrsa
— Jaco Erasmus (@CoachJaco) December 2, 2017
Hoverever, it was a great comeback from 14-0. #WALvRSA 24-22 final score.
Allister Coetzee deserves a break.
Congrats Wales! pic.twitter.com/3fxvuRzYKJ
— JG (Johan) van Zyl ✍✝️ (@JGvanZyl_ZA) December 2, 2017