This was a step too far for Wales, as Wayne Pivac admitted.
South Africa struck a blow again for the southern hemisphere on a day the north had their fair proportion of pleasure.
After sensible Eire and dogged England sealed sequence victories in New Zealand and Australia respectively, there was to be no dwelling nations hat-trick in Cape City.
Pivac’s Wales made historical past on Springbok soil this summer time by claiming second Check glory after shedding the primary. The Bloemfontein win was their first in South Africa.
It meant Wales went right into a decider at DHL Stadium with a sequence win potential. That they had been even in such a place was exceptional given the paucity of their Six Nations marketing campaign.
South Africa proved to be too robust for Wales ultimately and took the sequence 2-1 in Cape City
Handre Pollard scored a strive, three conversions and three penalties for his aspect within the match
Finally, their aspirations had been snuffed out by trademark Springbok energy. Wales, in bits by the tip after the longest of seasons, couldn’t face up to the house assault.
It meant South Africa took the sequence 2-1. For Wales, it was defeat, though they may take a number of positives from this tour.
‘It was a bridge too far ultimately,’ stated Wales head coach Pivac.
‘However I can not fault the hassle that went in. We had been fairly banged up all through the week which took its toll.
‘We’re a bit bit annoyed with the rating on the finish. Coming right here the purpose was to win the sequence and we had been critical about that.
‘We are able to nonetheless take numerous positives from this.
‘We’re happy to get the historical past of a win. After we get collectively within the autumn, we can be a 12 months out from the World Cup and we have to construct on this.
‘The positives outweigh the negatives.’
Damian Willemse was in positive type in the course of the match and one among South Africa’s higher gamers
Wales struggled to interrupt down South Africa because the hosts managed the sport effectively all through
Wales had been dealt two huge eve-of-match blows. No 8 Taulupe Faletau was the most recent of withdrawals from the decider with a aspect harm suffered within the warm-up. Josh Navidi was the person to step in and Taine Basham was promoted to the bench the place Rhys Patchell changed Gareth Anscombe.
Liam Williams was unable to assert an early excessive ball and South Africa had been straight on the assault.
Lukhanyo Am kicked to Makazole Mapimpi who crossed with ease, however referee Matthew Carley checked the rating with TMO Brett Cronan who dominated it out for the Springbok wing having a foot in contact. Handre Pollard supplied some dwelling comfort with the opening factors.
Cheslin Kolbe beat Dan Biggar to a different excessive ball and the Wales captain was then second greatest once more to an onrushing Damian Willemse.
South Africa had been dominant each within the air and on the bottom.
Damian de Allende was held up simply quick. A fearsome dwelling scrum despatched the purple pack retreating.
It was no shock when all of the stress paid off with Pollard diving over. Wales forwards Ryan Elias and Dan Lydiate clashed heads making an attempt to cease the try to Pollard transformed.
Lydiate was compelled off with a nasty head lower. Lock Alun Wyn Jones and never back-row Basham was the person who surprisingly got here on. Wales regarded in huge, huge hassle.
However that they had already defied expectations on this tour and did so once more to hit again.
Bongi Mbonambi (left) was making his fiftieth look for South Africa on Saturday
George North and Nick Tompkins, who each had positive video games, danced ahead. Josh Adams then went shut, however Tommy Reffell was in help to attain. Biggar could not convert.
The Cape City pitch was, frankly, a shame and completely unfit for Check rugby. Gamers on each groups slipped left, proper and centre because the floor lower up.
On the first scrum since Lydiate’s departure, Jones joined Adam Beard within the Welsh second row with Will Rowlands on the blindside flank.
Wales conceded eight penalties within the first 25 minutes.
So, it was exceptional they remained within the contest. South Africa additionally misplaced a person in Kolbe, Willie le Roux approaching. Wales got three extra low cost factors.
Mapimpi’s head then collided with that of Tompkins because the Welshman was falling to floor. Carley awarded a penalty solely and confirmed no card.
With 15 on the sphere, South Africa kicked to the nook and their driving maul went over the road.
Bongi Mbonambi was the scorer on his fiftieth cap and Pollard transformed.
Dan Biggar had backed Wales to attain the unimaginable within the ultimate Check earlier than the sport
Wales needed to change two extra forwards on the break, Dewi Lake and Sam Wainwright approaching for Elias and Dillon Lewis. Biggar instantly kicked three extra factors.
Am waltzed over for what he thought was South Africa’s third, however Carley and Cronan rightly chalked it off for Jaden Hendrikse’s ahead move.
For all their dominance, South Africa had been taking pictures themselves within the foot. It allowed Biggar to slender the hole. The sport was on a knife-edge.
On got here South Africa’s ‘bomb squad’ and the explosion they created was heard all through Cape City. Wales scrum-half Kieran Hardy was charged down and though Wales escaped, they then determined to run the ball clear and conceded a penalty. Wales’ resolution to play out was expensive.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi crashed over between Tompkins and Rowlands for the sport’s essential strive. Pollard pushed his workforce 10 factors clear. Wales, unsurprisingly, had been out on their toes. Their bottle can’t be questioned and their defence has impressed throughout the three matches.
However their line-out, led by alternative hooker Lake, went to pot late on and finally, they conceded too many penalties over the course of the sequence to come back out on high. Pollard made the sport protected with two ultimate kicks.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi was on the scoresheet late on for the hosts in Cape City
Kolisi celebrated after main his workforce to the sequence victory over Wayne Pivac’s Wales
‘Each single sport has been laborious however I believe we had been capable of take alternatives a bit bit greater than we did up to now two video games,’ stated South Africa captain Kolisi.
‘Folks love the Springboks and clearly they wish to see us win on a regular basis.
‘However the coaches had a plan over the primary two video games and each single individual within the squad received a chance.
‘We’re so grateful we’re studying about our squad depth whereas successful on the similar time.’
Scorers: South Africa Tries: Pollard 14, Mbonambi 38, Kolisi 53 Cons: Pollard 16, 39, 54 Pens: Pollard 5, 78, 80
Wales Attempt: Reffell 19 Pens: Biggar 33,42,48
South Africa: Willemse; Kolbe (Le Roux 21), Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, Hendrikse (De Klerk 65); Nyakane (Kitshoff 45), Mbonambi (Marx 45), Malherbe (Koch 45), Etzebeth (Mostert 61), De Jager, Kolisi (capt), Du Toit (Louw 78), Wiese (Smith 39)
Wales: L Williams; Rees-Zammit, North, Tompkins (Watkin 60), Adams; Biggar (capt), Hardy (T Williams 51); Thomas (W Jones 56), Elias (Lake 40), Lewis (Wainwright 40), Rowlands, Beard, Lydiate (AW Jones 16) Reffell (Basham 55), Navidi
Alternative not used: Patchell
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Star man: Siya Kolisi (South Africa)