A sharp looking Welsh side nearly pulled of a fantastic victory loosing out to South Africa in the odd point in 33. Forget about the kick that wasn’t, Wales had plenty of chances to take the game but it was the South African’s who dug deep when they needed to and stole the result. The South African’s do look out of form and, like Ireland, they are a team still trying to find a pattern after a poor build up.
|Date||Time (UK)||Match Details||Location|
|Sat Sept 10||3.30||Fiji||49 – 25||Namibia||Rotorua|
|Sun Sept 11||9.30||South Africa||17 – 16||Wales||Wellington|
|Wed Sept 14||3.30||Samoa||49 – 12||Namibia||Rotorua|
|Sat Sept 17||7.00||South Africa||v||Fiji||Wellington|
|Sun Sept 18||4.30||Wales||v||Samoa||Hamilton|
|Thurs Sept 22||9.00||South Africa||v||Namibia||Auckland|
|Sun Sept 25||3.30||Fiji||v||Samoa||Auckland|
|Mon Sept 26||7.30||Wales||v||Namibia||New Plymouth|
|Fri Sept 30||8.30||South Africa||v||Samoa||Auckland|
|Sat Oct 01||6.00||Wales||v||Fiji||Hamilton|
The big question for Wales is how they will react to that narrow defeat and they are still going to face a tough challenge from the physical Samoa and Fiji with the greater challenge coming from the Samoan’s, their next opponents. Wales will need to produce a performance similar to their opener against the Boks to ensure qualification. This group will go down to the final games.
Muller made a good impact against Wales when he came on and Pienaar should get a run out against Fiji.