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Victory a 'springboard for Six Nations'

Webb scored tries against Australia and New Zealand. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Scrum-half Rhys Webb believes Wales have given themselves "a good springboard" for the RBS 6 Nations Championship after ending six years of hurt against major southern hemisphere opposition.

A 12-6 victory over South Africa was their first success against the Springboks for 15 years, and only a second since fixtures began between the countries in 1906.

It also ended a run of 22 defeats in a row at the hands of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, giving Wales a major send-off into their Six Nations opener on February 6 when England arrive at the Millennium Stadium.

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny's four penalties sunk South Africa.

"This win has been there waiting for us.

"We are just happy to pick it up, and we will go back to our regions now and hopefully come out firing for the Six Nations. It's definitely a good springboard.

"We targeted the four games (in the autumn series), but we slipped up against Australia and New Zealand in games that we could have won. Everyone was positive after the performance against New Zealand, and we took it into the game with South Africa and came away with a victory.

"We will learn a lot from the campaign, particularly in respect of playing for the full 80 minutes. That's the big thing for us, playing and concentrating for the whole game. We did that against South Africa.

"We slipped up against Australia and New Zealand, but to be fair, we haven't been far away in those games. We pushed New Zealand for 69 minutes last week, and to finally get that win against one of these teams feels pretty special."

– Rhys Webb

Webb and his half-back partner Dan Biggar were arguably Wales' star performers of the past month, and it is a combination that will be integral to Welsh hopes of Six Nations and World Cup success next year.

Webb scored tries against Australia and New Zealand, while Biggar saved his best until last, delivering a man-of-the-match display that was built on defensive courage and tactical appreciation.


Wales grab glory over Springboks to end series

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Wales have beaten South Africa 12 points to six at the Millennium Stadium to put a close to their 2014 Autumn Internationals.

The second half began just with just three points each after the Springboks levelled with a Leigh Halfpenny penalty.

It was a historic win for Gatland's men after winning just two of 29 matches against South Africa.

The last time Wales beat a southern hemisphere side was in 2008.

It's been a mixed series for the Welsh side after narrowly missing out to Australia 28-33 in their first game. They survived a late scare to beat Fiji 18-13 but failed to maintain momentum after an impressive 70 minutes against New Zealand last weekend losing 16 points to 34.

HT: Wales 3 - 3 South Africa

In a closely fought first half, Wales are level with South Africa at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales began their final match of the Autumn Series positively when Leigh Halfpenny broke the deadlock with a penalty after three minutes. The lead didn't last after Pat Lambie levelled the score shortly after.


Stadium holds minute silence for Phil Hughes

The Millennium Stadium fell quiet this afternoon as a minute silence was held for Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who died on Thursday.

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He died as a result of being struck by a ball while batting for South Australia on Tuesday.

Thousands of tributes have been paid by colleagues and fans from across the globe with many using the #putoutyourbats hashtag to show their respect.

Fans gets ready for Wales v South Africa

Fans have been gathering at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff ahead of this afternoon's match between Wales and South Africa.

Wales go into the game on the back of defeats to New Zealand and Australia and a narrow victory over Fiji in the Autumn Internationals.

Kick off is at 2:30.

Wales are looking for their first win over South Africa since 1999 Credit: ITV Wales
Many fans have travelled from South Africa to watch the game Credit: ITV Wales
Welsh fans out in force. Credit: ITV Wales

FT: South Africa 31 - 30 Wales

Wales have lost 30 - 31 in their second test match against South Africa. Warren Gatland's side got off to a good start, leading at half time against the Boks.

A penalty try was awarded to the South African side in the final few minutes, leaving Wales trailing one point behind.

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