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Wales player ratings v South Africa

LEIGH HALFPENNY: A virtually flawless display with the boot, converting all five penalty attempts, yet he missed a conversion. 7/10

GEORGE NORTH: Caught the eye with several early purposeful breaks but faded as time wore on. 6

JONATHAN DAVIES: Lost his bearings when near touch on a couple of occasions, including once when Wales had a numerical advantage. 6

SCOTT WILLIAMS: Decent with ball in hand as part of Wales' much-debated switch to a more expansive style. 6

LIAM WILLIAMS: Shifted out to the wing with Halfpenny at full-back for this game and struggled to get involved. 6

DAN BIGGAR: His ability in the air to collect his own kicks was pivotal, and led to Faf de Klerk's crucial yellow card, though he was wayward with a drop-goal attempt. 8

GARETH DAVIES: Showed nifty footwork at one point to shake off a would-be tackler. 6

GETHIN JENKINS: Led from the front as he skippered the Welsh side in Warburton's absence. 7

KEN OWENS: Showed drive to touch down for the game's first try, though he earlier gifted the Springboks points with a needless no-arms tackle. 7

TOMAS FRANCIS: Got the nod over Samson Lee at tighthead but collapsed an early scrum to concede a penalty that put the tourists on the board. 6

LUKE CHARTERIS: Won a crucial turnover when South Africa secured a line-out near Wales' line. 6

ALUN WYN JONES: Excellent at line-outs and ferocious in the tackle. 7

DAN LYDIATE: The flanker was brought in for skipper Sam Warburton but came off at half-time with an injury of his own. 6

JUSTIN TIPURIC: A typically all-action performance was capped off with the victory-sealing try. 9

ROSS MORIARTY: Had to be accounted for at all times, though he was outshone by his back-row colleagues. 7


Half-time replacement Taulupe Faletau proved a spark and was involved in both Welsh tries after coming on for Lydiate. Sam Davies came in at full-back but wasted one attack with a directionless kick. Scott Baldwin, Nicky Smith and Samson Lee all arrived in the front row against a South African side that were improved in the scrum, while veteran Jamie Roberts was introduced to close out victory.


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