In Cardiff the hosts always ahead with Biggar’s kicks, but Pollard always keeps the world champions in the game and in the end the hooker is decisive. Great victories for England and Ireland
It is a try by Malcolm Marx to break the balance in the final and decide the match in Cardiff, the match between Six Nations champion Wales and world champion South Africa, who wins 23-18. The afternoon had opened with the huge victories of England and Ireland: In Twickenham the team of coach Eddie Jones trimmed 11 tries and overwhelmed Tonga 69-3, while in Dublin the team of coach Andy Farrell scored 9 in the very wide 60 -5 trimmed to Japan.
In Cardiff the first chance arrives on 9 ‘: Louis Rees-Zammit flies to the right flag, drinks Makazole Mapimpi, but when it seems done Siya Kolisi arrives to push off the pitch. However, there was an advantage, then we go back and Dan Biggar decides to take advantage of a comfortable place in front of the posts to sign the 3-0. But two minutes pass and Handre Pollard replies. History repeats itself with the same sequence between 14 ‘and 18’. At 26 ‘Biggar returns to the pitch for 9-6, then at 31’ an obstruction on the man without the ball costs the South African prop Ox Nchè a yellow card (who also pays for the series of team fouls), so the Welsh opening can bring his own to +6 with another easy place. But at 36 ‘the same fate fell to the Welsh prop Rhys Carre, who drowned a South African maul in a dangerous area, then just before the interval Pollard shortened. Around 48 ‘South Africa orchestrated a very long and exhausting deep attack in the 22 Welsh, but after 14 phases the champions got the ball stolen, which was kicked away, then on the attempt to restart, it was once again the hosts who captured the man and to earn the punishment that Biggar shoves from over 40 meters. At 55 ‘, after a foul by Biggar after the tackle, Frans Steyn, who took over at the extreme, decides to try the way of the goalposts from the sidereal distance of 54 meters and does well, bringing South Africa back to -3, then at 60’ Pollard completes the comeback by signing the easy placed 15-15. At 65 ‘a spectator invades the field and is tackled by 3 stewards right in the field area, towards the left flag, where Wales is attacking dangerously with Liam Williams, who is then stopped a few meters from the goal. However, we return to a previous foul and Biggar can score for 18-15. At 69 ‘Wales sees it badly, but Mapimpi’s sprint in goal is thwarted by the Tmo, who catches him offside further ahead than the halfback who kicks up the oval at the start of the action. But the goal is only postponed: deep touch in the 22, perfect maul and finalized by the dive beyond the line of the hooker Marx, with Elton Jantjies (who took over from Pollard) who, however, misses the transformation. But it’s all the result of a physical superiority that has become overwhelming at this point, with another Springboks maul stopped a few inches from the goal. Before the infraction that allows the Welsh to remit the siege. The problem is that going up the field is impossible in the face of an impenetrable defense and on the last ball torn in the ruck the referee gives the world champions the punishment that Jantjies puts in for the final 23-18. Next Saturday Wales will host Fiji, South Africa will host Scotland at Murrayfield.
In the afternoon in Twickenham the England show was staged, which, taking the field in the red jersey and with the absence of the last minute of Owen Farrell (positive at Covid), went to the goal 11 times in 69-3 with whom he liquidated Tonga. Doubles for Jamie Goeorge, Jonny May and Ben Youngs, goals for Adam Radwan, Maro Itoje, Marcus Smith, Jamie Blamire and Alex Mitchell, with 2 transformations by Henry Slade and 5 by Smith. In a week, however, Australia will arrive in Twickenham and for the team of coach Eddie Jones things will certainly get more complicated.
The day had started, simultaneously with the match at the Olimpico between Italy and the All Blacks, with the overwhelming 60-5 victory of Ireland over Japan. After the shock and the initial disappointment to see the Irish take the field with an unusual purple shirt instead of the classic green, the game soon turned into a one-way street: in the end the hosts went to try 9 times with Andrew Conway (3), Jamison Gibson-Park, Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose, Cian Healy and Jonathan Sexton, who also put in 4 transforms and a placed, while Joey Carbery added 2 transforms. For Japan destination of Siosaia Fifita. Before the match, celebration for Sexton, who reached 100 caps with the Ireland shirt and joined a very small club that has only six other players (Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara, Rory Best, Paul O’Connell and John Hayes. Ireland which in a week in Dublin will host the All Blacks, hoping to see the green jersey on the pitch again …
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Infinite South Africa, with a try by Marx in the final beats Wales 23-18