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Wales 16-19 South Africa: Springboks deserved to expend – Gatland


Alun Wyn Jones reacts

Alun Wyn Jones is the arena’s joint 2d-very top capped participant with Italy’s Sergio Parisse
2019 Rugby World Cup bronze closing
Venue: Global Stadium, Yokohama Date: Friday, 1 November Time: 09: 00 GMT
Coverage: Fats commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Are residing, plus dwell textual declare commentary on the BBC Sport web declare and app

Wales coach Warren Gatland says South Africa deserved to expend their World Cup semi-closing.

The Springboks face England in Saturday’s closing and Wales admire on New Zealand in Friday’s bronze recreation after losing 19-16 in Yokohama.

Gatland acknowledged: “It was an extraordinarily disturbing come upon, and properly accomplished to South Africa. We punched hugely above our weight with regards to playing numbers in Wales, we gave 100% in a shut contest.

“However South Africa deserved to expend.”

Handre Pollard’s slack penalty sealed victory for the Springboks after Wales had hit help with a Josh Adams try to be 16-16 going into the final minutes.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones acknowledged: “We showed it lately, stayed within the arm wrestle, and I was proud of us after we went 16-16, nevertheless we piggybacked penalties down the park and South Africa took advantage so congratulations to them.

“On the present time we fell short. Hopefully we will bag yet every other replacement. It wasn’t our day, nevertheless I’m quiet proud to tug this jersey on and describe the total other folks in crimson within the stadium.”

Jones’ fellow lock Jake Ball acknowledged: “Each person’s outdated their coronary heart on their sleeves in that recreation. The boys win put in a hell of an effort – it be merely disappointment on the 2d to attain help so shut.

“Perchance we didn’t win the swing of issues in that final 15 minutes, nevertheless it undoubtedly’s laborious to position it all in words on the 2d.

“The entire boys are down, there might be one recreation left and it be merely how we hasten about using that for motivation for this closing recreation.”

New hurt worries for Wales

George North was replaced on the scoot by centre Owen Watkin

George North limped off with a suspected hamstring hurt and prop Tomas Francis suffered an arm hurt in yet every other bruising contest.

Dillon Lewis came on for Francis with Owen Watkin, customarily a centre, taking on from North out wide.

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