Wales’ improved defensive discipline in their own 22 was key to their first-ever Away Test win over South Africa, coach Wayne Pivac said after Saturday’s 13-12 win at the Free State Stadium.
Wales received four yellow cards and conceded a penalty attempt in their first Test loss of 32-29 a week ago, but were more disciplined against a much-changed Boks side who spent most of the game in the away half and lacked accuracy in scoring them break up .
Alun Wyn Jones was booked for the second week in a row, although he can be annoyed that he was unlucky to be penalized for hands in the ruck when they were clearly not close to the ball.
“She (Jones yellow card) was in the same part of the field as last week but the difference was we were more disciplined. We persevered,” said Pivac.
“It allowed us to stay in the game. We’re disappointed not to have a 2-0 lead. Next week will be a big challenge, there will be a good series. It’s a big week for us now.”
The visitors clinched victory when winger Josh Adams crossed in for a try in the corner with two minutes remaining and substitute flyhalf Gareth Anscombe landed a pressure conversion from the touchline.
Pivac may have to make a decision on who will start in the flyhalf of next Saturday’s series decider in Cape Town after captain Dan Biggar left the field injured and awaiting evaluation. It allowed Anscombe to have his historic moment.
“He (Anscombe) is a first class kicker, I have faith in him,” said Pivac. “He missed one but got the crucial one. We felt we had done enough to win it, but it wasn’t easy by any means.”
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