CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Wales coach Wayne Pivac was right when he said his team was “written off” before a pass was thrown or a tackle made in the three-test series in South Africa.
That lasted only about 35 minutes into the first test, when Wales surged into an 18-3 lead and the Springboks realized it wasn't going to be the walkover most — if not all — pundits in South Africa predicted.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) — Replacement flyhalf Gareth Anscombe kicked a sideline conversion with less than two minutes left to give Wales a 13-12 victory and its first over the Springboks on South African soil on Saturday.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa made 14 changes to its starting lineup and selected No. 8 Evan Roos and wing Kurt-Lee Arendse on Tuesday to make their debuts in the second test against Wales.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Wales prop Tomas Francis will miss the rest of the rugby test series in South Africa after he was concussed on Saturday.
Francis took an inadvertent knee to the head within a minute of replacing Dillon Lewis in the first test in Pretoria.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will welcome Wales to the republic for the first time since 2014 for a three-test rugby series in July.
The world champion Springboks will face Wales on July 2 in Pretoria, July 9 in Bloemfontein and July 16 in Cape Town.