Biggar the better in Wales’ upset win


SIX years to the day that Wales last defeated one of the southern hemisphere's big three teams - New Zealand, South Africa and Australia - the monkey is finally off its back.

Four penalties by fly-half Dan Biggar was enough for the home side to record a confidence-boosting 12-6 win - just the second victory for Warren Gatland's men in 30 Tests against the Springboks.

"We've wounded one of the big beasts. It wasn't a case of if but when it was going to happen," Gatland said.

Biggar (pictured) was the stand-out performer from the kick-off, tackling like a machine, scooping up even the most wayward passes and, most tellingly of all, dominating the kicking battle.

While he was the star performer in the backs, Sam Warburton and Gethin Jenkins were among the leaders in the pack, regularly turning defence into attack.

South Africa's cause wasn't helped by the loss of captain Jean de Villiers with a dislocated kneecap midway through the second half, followed soon after by Cornel Hendricks being sin-binned for what referee John Lacey decided was an illegal challenge on Leigh Halfpenny under a high ball.

Replays suggested the decision might have been harsh, but South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer refused to criticise the call.

"I'm not saying it was the wrong decision or that we lost because of it, but it's a grey area," he said. "But we made too many mistakes."

The win meant Wales jumped ahead of France to sixth on the IRB rankings, with South Africa still second behind New Zealand.

Topics:  springboks wales wallabies warren gatland

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