wales v south africa 1998
“It had been an arduous tour with loads of injuries and players being flown in from home. Through all of this, the Wales half-back partnership of Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar shone, using possession wisely and keeping a level of control that South Africa found hard to wrest away. There was experienced players like Rob, Scott Quinnell, Garin Jenkins, Mark Jones and John Davies laced with promising youngsters like Stephen Jones, Dafydd James, Martyn Williams and Mark Taylor, who all went on to great things. June 27, 16 years ago, and Pretoria’s world famous rugby citadel awaited a Welsh side riddled by pre-tour withdrawals, injuries and organisational mayhem not helped by uncertainty over who would be handed the coaching job on a permanent basis. Extra: You can view an interesting interview with Bryan Habana ahead of the match here. Much of the build-up to the match featured Wales coach Warren Gatland fielding questions about whether he was under pressure because of losses this series to Australia and New Zealand, taking his record to just one win in 27 matches against the southern hemisphere big three. Match statistics for South Africa v Wales on 14 Nov 1998 at the Wembley Stadium stadium in London, England. Cleary, Mick, ed. The boys were shattered before we got to playing South Africa.”. Meyer used his bench early, making four changes including putting Handre Pollard on at fly-half in place of Lambie. The South African press were incredulous during the post-match press conference when coach John predicted Wales would beat the Springboks within a year. “But we had more injuries and there was lads going on who had joined the tour and didn’t know the defensive systems. We thought wed take a look back ten years as in 1998 we saw two very contrasting matches taking place, with 6 months being a very long time in rugby. Tries. Full time score. It was pretty hostile. Last updated on 29 November 201429 November 2014.From the section Welsh Rugby. Here, Kingsley Jones, who was flown in from holiday in New Zealand to take over the Wales captaincy after Rob Howley was injured, caretaker coach John, scrum-half David Llewellyn and South Africa coach Nick Mallett look back on the blackest of days... Kingsley Jones: “Kevin Bowring had stood down as coach after Wales had been beaten 51-0 at Wembley by France in the Five Nations Championship. The sides went into the halftime break level, but through the second half penalties were traded, with the score eventually sitting on 20-20 with little time remaining and a draw looking on the cards. 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