Everyone knows we went to face the Boks in June 1998 with a lot of injuries and people unavailable but none of us expected to lose like we did. England and France had been downed in the 1999 Five Nations, and a 2-0 series win – another first for Wales – secured on Argentine soil. "There has been a positive mindset after a wonderful experience in the summer and they need to bring that to the national jersey on Saturday. Bear in mind there had only been 27,000 at the game, so when we got to the hotel and saw the sheer size of the crowd that had gathered there to greet us we were amazed. 15 years on: Mark Taylor scores first try at Millennium Stadium during Wales' 29-19 victory over South Africa, Mark Taylor is congratulated by Allan Bateman and team-mates, A construction worker celebrates after Wales convert a penalty during the match.
Hook continued to excel and on 21 minutes spotted John Smit shaping a pass in midfield, picking off the Springbok captain's effort to race under the posts for his 10th Wales try. The 1999 Rugby World Cup was the fourth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial international rugby union championship. Scott Gibbs was out injured that day, and when me and Allan used to partner up in midfield we’d always swap around, he’d go outside-centre and me inside sometimes, and at other times vice versa. Saturday, 9 November: Wales v South Africa. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. That included a disruption of the hitherto comfortable Welsh lineout, and more and more hooker Matthew Rees was failing to connect with his jumpers. After a poor clearance kick from Stephen Jones, Boks scrum-half Ricky Januarie spotted space on the left and Sharks wing Ndungane slid in at the corner as he was clattered by Prydie. “It felt special, but a little strange given that the stadium wasn’t finished. Had the tournament started a week after the South Africa win then, even though we had come to the end of a long hard season, I think we would have done better. thrashed us 96-13 in Pretoria (it was 364 days, to be precise). Tom Prydie and Alun Wyn Jones scored but Wales' dramatic rally was in vain. I remember the atmosphere in Cardiff that day. "If this side is successful, it will be a better victory than the one we achieved in 1999," said Howley. South Africa had struggled with referee Alan Lewis' ruling at scrums in the first quarter, shipping penalties and free-kicks, but gradually began to exert themselves at the set piece. South Africa responded with a dangerous foray down the right, bypassing Prydie with a two-man overlap. Hero Taylor, in his own words, reveals all..... “We were on a high, we were on such a roll. Last updated on 8 November 20138 November 2013.From the section Welsh Rugby. The ball popped out on the South African side and Januarie released De Jongh to step inside the frantically reorganising Welsh defence for a debut try, with Piennar converting once more. We had gone to Paris and beaten France for the first time since 1975 and played some great rugby doing so. Two Stephen Jones penalties and a James Hook drop-goal put Wales ahead before centre Hook intercepted a loose John Smit pass for Wales to lead 16-3. Wales face South Africa having named a side with 11 British and Irish Lions in the starting line-up.
I think it must have taken us more than 20 minutes just to get off the bus. Wales claimed only their second ever win over South Africa with a display of guts and cool control in Cardiff. But almost immediately from the restart Jones restored the home side's six-point lead as South Africa prop BJ Botha obstructed the chasing Wales players. Wing Prydie was Wales' only rookie - winning his second cap in place of the injured Shane Williams - so expectations were high that Warren Gatland's settled team, boasting nine British and Irish Lions squad members, would add a second Springboks scalp to that precious win from 1999. An injury suffered in that collision ended Ndungane's afternoon, Meyer Bosman replacing him, but the unconverted try brought South Africa back to within five points. Some actually fancied Henry’s team to go all the way and win the World Cup they were hosting that autumn, though that, of course, proved a step too far. Rob Howley believes victory over South Africa on Saturday would be a bigger achievement than when he led Wales to their first win over the Springboks. I can honestly say I didn’t. And to follow up we went to Argentina, always a very tough place to go, and came back with a 2-0 series win. Wales v Australia at Millennium Stadium, Rugby World Cup Quarter final, Oct 23, 1999 Wales v Samoa at Millennium Stadium, Rugby World Cup, Oct 14, 1999 [ 31-38 FT ] Wales v Japan at Millennium Stadium, Rugby World Cup, Oct 9, 1999 [ 64-15 FT ] A third Pienaar penalty, after Lee Byrne had spilled a steepling kick, reduced the deficit further and Wales held a slim 16-14 half-time lead. There was such a buzz.”, Video: Mark Taylor's Millennium Stadium try. Wales: Byrne; Halfpenny, Hook, Roberts, Prydie; S. Jones, Phillips; James, M. Rees, A. Jones, B. Davies, D. Jones, Thomas, Warburton, R. Jones.Replacements: A. Jones for A. Jones (57), Yapp for D. Jones (57), McCusker for Warburton (77).Not Used: Bennett, R. Rees, Biggar, Bishop. You know, I think the break we had that summer hindered us. 15 years ago today, Wales defied the odds to defeat South Africa in the first match to be held at the Millennium Stadium. You would have sworn there were double the amount of people there. But the home side kept their cool to set up a frantic last eight minutes as teenager Prydie squeezed in at the left flag for his first Test try - becoming Wales' youngest try-scorer in the process.
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The inside story of South Africa 96 -13 Wales...through the eyes of those who were there, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. When I played that night at Loftus Versfeld, I had been in the international wilderness for the best part of three years beforehand. But then Graham Henry gave me another chance and I suppose the game in Cardiff just showed how fortunes can turn around in sport.
Wales (16) 31Tries: Hook, Prydie, AW Jones Cons: S Jones (2) Pens: Jones (3) Drop-goals: Hook South Africa (14) 34Tries: Ndungane, Potgieter, de Jongh Cons: Pienaar (2) Pens: Pienaar (4), Steyn. Welsh Rugby Re-live Wales' historic win over South Africa in 1999 as the two sides prepare to meet in Cardiff once again on Saturday. Graham Henry addressed us, and then, of course, we celebrated the win. With 20 minutes remaining the Springboks again punished Wales for sloppiness at the breakdown, as the support was a fraction too slow getting to Roberts at a ruck. “The post-match reception was at the Hilton Hotel and, to be honest, when we went over there it truly dawned on us what we had done. With 10 points to make up in five minutes the game seemed over for Wales, only for Leigh Halfpenny to inspire a late rally as he dashed through a gap.
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