World champions being dominated. Hugely impressed with these Welsh half-backs.
Seriously good work from the Leekists. Warburton has been immense, ruling the breakdown.
Have to point out that they look better now they have some English blood in the team: Warburton, North, Lydiate, Charteris, etc.
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads
The welsh back row is having a stormer the number 7 is giving one of the most complete performances you are likely to see absolutely dominating the breakdown. Only Burger standing up for South Africa.
Group D living up to its billing so far.
Huge kick for Hook here.
EDIT: & shanked.
And that's that. Wales just not quite clinical enough in the end, must be ruing taking the extra couple of minutes to get started.
Sickener for the Leekists. Really turned up today. Encouraging signs for the Samoa and Fiji games tho.
South Africa really got out of jail, for large parts of the second half I was sure that Wales were about to cause the first upset of the tournament. As I had predicted, South Africa's replacements in Bismark and Houggard were a huge improvement on Smit and Habana, and both had key roles in ensuring they got the victory. Will be a bit of a concern that Matfield and de Villiers both had to leave the field with injuries, particularly with Botha already out for a while.
Very harsh on Wales you'd have to say by that kick that went through not being awarded. Surely it makes sense to use the TMO in cases like this.
Looked a great atmosphere at the ground, and a fantastic game as others have said.
Wales were off-side by the way the refs had been calling it in the other matches pretty much every single ruck.
Terrrrrrrrible refereeing all round in this match.
At least it was consistent though.
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