Boks fail to impress in Cardiff

The win marks the first time the Welsh have beaten South Africa since 1999.

Wales players celebrate at the final whistle in the Autumn International rugby union Test match between Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on 29 November, 2014. Wales won the game 12-6. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks continued their questionable recent form, and were beaten 12-6 by Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

The win marks the first time the Welsh have beaten South Africa since 1999, and only the second time in history the Welsh have claimed victory over the Springboks.

Leigh Halfpenny kicked all 12 of the Welsh points in the match, punishing Heyneke Meyer's men for their many errors throughout the 80 minutes. In what was a lethargic performance from the Springboks, riddled with handling errors and infringements at the breakdown, Wales were clearly up for the physical battle and looked the better side throughout the clash.

Jean de Villiers added to the forgettable afternoon when he dislocated his knee and was stretchered off in front of the packed Cardiff crowd. Cornal Hendricks also made life tougher for South Africa when he was deemed to have collided with the airborne Halfpenny, and received a yellow card.

The Springboks will rightly be disappointed with their performance, and finish their outgoing tour with a record of just two wins from four matches - something which Heyneke Meyer will not be pleased about, having travelled to Europe with an undefeated record against Northern hemisphere sides.