Malcolm Marx Crosses Late To Help South Africa Edge Wales 18-23 In Thriller

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You’d think the South Africans in Cardiff had a long 24 hours, long enough to enjoy a variety of the city’s delights, the freezing-cold weather, the torrential rain, and not one, but two, night-time fire alarm calls in their hotel, one at 3am, which gave them a good 20-minute stretch standing around on the street mingling with Cardiff’s Friday nightlife, and then another at 7.20am, because it was so much fun. To top it off, they had an 80-minute set-to against a Welsh squad that looked nothing like the one that had just leaked 54 points to the All Blacks the week before.

It was a fantastic game. A pitch invader and a security guard made a surprise appearance as Liam Williams was close down on the Springbok tryline. Williams skipped around them, but the pause cost him valuable seconds. Wayne Pivac remained unconcerned about it. “You don’t want to see that in the game, very disappointing, but there’s nothing the match officials can do about it,” Pivac said. “I don’t know if we would have scored. We just saw a two v one, and thought: ‘Well, here we go.’”

As for the miscreant, well, the stadium manager explained: “He was intercepted and immediately escorted from the stadium and handed over to South Wales police.” No doubt he was in for a long night of it too. At least the Springboks came away with a win to go with all their bruises.

source : Guardian sport

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