Vic commends Welsh defence

Victor Matfield acknowledged South Africa’s shortcomings but pointed to the sterling Welsh defensive effort as the hosts’ best feature.

The Springboks may have denied the Welsh a single try, but the Dragons defensive effort limited the Bok attack to a significant degree. South Africa may have had less possession, but Wales did well to inhibit their potency on attack.

“We made too many errors and to be honest this wasn’t our best performance,” Matfield told keo.co.za. “Wales defended very well and at times we couldn’t get into the game.

“Towards the end we were trying to play it down in their half of the field. It did make it harder when we were down to 14 men, but we were making too many mistakes.”

Matfield affected a superb lineout steal late in the game to rob the Welsh of a big attacking opportunity. The Bok lock smiled when asked about this, saying the forward exchanges were as brutal as expected.

“They’re the Six Nations champions playing at home, so it’s never going to be easy. And when you hear the crowd chanting ‘Wales! Wales!’ it’s kind of lekker but it can also be kind of intimidating.

“Having said that, we’ll have to pick things up for next week. There’s a lot to work on.”