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World champion Springboks edge a thriller with Wales in the rain in Cardiff

Malcolm Marx scored the winning try from a maul late on.

Malcolm Marx scored the winning try from a maul.
Malcolm Marx scored the winning try from a maul.
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Wales 18

South Africa 23

MALCOLM MARX SCORED the only try of the match as world champions South Africa ended an eight-year wait for a win over Wales in Cardiff with a 23-18 victory on Saturday.

Wales were 18-15 ahead when hooker Marx was driven over from a close-range line-out with seven minutes left at a rainswept Principality Stadium.

Replacement Elton Jantjies rounded off South Africa’s first victory in five Tests away to Wales with a last-minute penalty.

Wales were earlier denied a try in bizarre fashion when, with the scores level at 15-15, replacement back Liam Williams, looking to go in at the corner in the 65th minute, had his path blocked by a pitch invader.

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All of Wales’ points came via six Dan Biggar penalties.

Opposing fly-half Handre Pollard kicked four penalties, with replacement Frans Steyn also landing a long-range effort as well.

© – AFP, 2021 

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