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Wales’ flawed win leaves South Africa’s Allister Coetzee carrying the can

• Wales 27-13 South Africa
• Springboks coach will almost certainly be sacked in December

The last time South Africa lost all their autumn Tests they at least went down swinging. A 50-point defeat by England in 2002 was brutal, nasty even, and left Clive Woodward irate at the injuries incurred by the Springboks’ strong-arm tactics. Today it is only the Springboks licking their wounds.

A record eighth defeat in a calendar year, and only the third in 110 years by Wales, has proved the final straw and the South African Rugby Union has promised root-and-branch reform. Allister Coetzee looks likely to lose his job after he reports to his employers in mid-December but to suggest the buck stops with him is risible. Political interference – it was the sports minister who labelled the Springboks “a bunch of losers” after the defeat by Japan last year – outdated domestic infrastructure and the ever increasing player drain renders this South Africa’s lowest ebb.

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Wales and Tipuric boost Howley to leave South Africa and Coetzee gloomy

• Wales 27-13 South Africa
• Ken Owens and Justin Tipuric score home side’s tries

It may go some way to earning Rob Howley the job permanently, but this was a victory for Wales straight out of the Warren Gatland playbook. All power and physicality, putting concerns of a lack of Welsh wizardry to one side, they fully warranted this comfortable win, albeit against a South Africa who continue to plumb new depths.

Ken Owens and the excellent Justin Tipuric scored the tries, but Leigh Halfpenny was metronomic from the tee and a youthful South Africa so redundant throughout. It was not plain sailing for Wales – it never is these days – but it was their best performance of the autumn.

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