Wales beaten by South Africa

Wales were beaten 24-15 by South Africa in the first game of the autumn internationals at the Millennium Stadium.

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Jonathan Davies ruled out of remaining autumn Tests

Wales centre Jonathan Davies has been ruled out of the rest of the autumn internationals through injury - and could even miss the Six Nations in the spring.

The 25-year-old Scarlets captain sustained a chest injury and was forced off early in yesterday's defeat against South Africa.

Davies made two early breaks against South Africa before going off injured. Credit: PA

Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "Jonathan Davies has done a pec [pectoral muscle] which will probably keep him out for the rest of the campaign. He was a big loss to us in the first half as he had made a couple of breaks."

"He is a pretty important player to us and he is pretty disappointed. I have just spoken to the physio and they said it might settle and he could be back in December. If he needs an operation it could be five months and out of the Six Nations as well. We will wait and see what happens."

Full time: Wales 15-24 South Africa

Wales have lost 24-15 to South Africa in the first of four autumn internationals at the Millennium Stadium.

Warren Gatland's side had more of the ball throughout the game, but failed to take their chances - and were punished by the visitors, who scored three clinical tries.

The result means Wales have still not beaten a leading southern hemisphere side since 2008.

Jean de Villiers scored the first of three South African tries. Credit: PA

South Africa scored two tries in a blistering five-minute spell in the first-half, through centre Jean de Villiers and hooker Bismarck du Plessis.

Scrum half Fourie du Preez touched down after 64 minutes to put them clear again, after Wales had narrowed the deficit.

Leigh Halfpenny kicked all of the hosts' points through five penalties.

75 mins: Wales 15-24 South Africa

South Africa are within five minutes of closing out victory over Wales, in the first autumn international at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales had an opportunity near the visitors' try line for the first time, after counter-attacking when two South Africans went for the same high ball.

They won a penalty in the visitors' 22, but lost the ball at the ruck and South Africa cleared.


60 mins: Wales 15-17 South Africa

Leigh Halfpenny kicked his fifth penalty from five attempts, to bring Wales within two points.

Irish referee Alain Rolland - infamous among Wales supporters for sending off captain Sam Warburton at the 2011 World Cup - then grew tired of scrums continually collapsing.

Wales were firmly back in the game early in the second half. Credit: PA

Rolland sent a prop from both sides: Gethin Jenkins and Coenie Oosthuizen - who had just come on to the field - to the sin bin.

With Adam Jones and Scott Andrews having already been injured, Wales did not have another prop to bring on, so the scrums became uncontested.

50 mins: Wales 12-17 South Africa

Wales are still 17-12 behind, after 50 minutes against South Africa.

Mike Phillips has had a battle on his hands, against a physical South Africa. Credit: PA

It was a scrappy start to the second half at the Millennium Stadium, with both sides making mistakes, conceding penalties and trading long kicks.

The visitors were back up to 15 men, after flanker Francois Louw returned from the sin bin.

Half-time: Wales 12-17 South Africa

Wales have fought their way back into contention at the Millennium Stadium, after South Africa scored two early tries.

The first half ended in breathless fashion with Wales playing an expansive game and passing out of the tackle, but South Africa strong at the ruck and continuing to look dangerous.

Leigh Halfpenny has kicked four penalties out of four for Wales. Credit: PA

Leigh Halfpenny kicked a penalty from the right touchline to reduce the deficit to 17-12.

South African flanker Francois Louw was sent to the sin bin shortly before half-time for an off-the-ball incident with Richard Hibbard.

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