It may not have been the defining play, but it went a long way towards deciding the match, because Wales would have led 19-10 rather than 16-10 going into the final quarter.
We'll never know now, but this won't be the last we'll hear of it. I even see the headline on NZ Herald for the match is "Referee blunder costs Wales".
Huge scare for the Boks here but they know how to win, not matter how ugly.
Smit unfortunately has to start but hopefully we will see Alberts and Hougaard start from now on. Habana is stick in a fork in him finished but Spies had no right being in the squad. Ashley Johnson, Deysel should have been infront of him. And please start Lambie or Butch at 10. I'm over Morne Steyn. Maybe it was the haircut but Frans Steyn seems to better conditioned than he was in the Tri-Nations and it was Frans boot that kept the Welsh at bay.
Was at the game last night. Absolutely gutted by the end result. Wales had plenty of opportunities to finally get one over on the Boks and I'd say were marginally the better team.
One thing I didn't like was the number of wasted box kicks by the half back and the number of punts straight to either Habana or the Boks' full back.
Guess we'll lose to Samoa now after expending all that energy against the Saffers.
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whats worse is that wales were in such a good position to score a try from there but he randomly decided to go for the drop goal.
I'm not going to blame any refs when players themselves have missed such chances.
Yeh wasn't a great dropkick attempt, I'll admit that. Going for the three points was the smart thing to do though - a "good position" to score a try is a little bit misleading given South Africa possess one of the best defences in international rugby, and Wales only needed a score of any sort to take the lead.
imo all penalties and kicks etc should be reduced to 2 points to encourage more positive play.
I actually have no real issue with the way points are currently distributed. If teams cheat and conceed penalties, then they deserve to conceed points. I feel 2 points for a penalty compared to a potential 7 for a try is too much incentive for a side to infringe. You could argue for more yellow cards but the issue with yellow cards is that theres often far too much subjectivity between referees as to when to issue them.
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