New Zealand vs Ireland LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates as Josh van der Flier gets early try in series decider

New Zealand vs Ireland LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates as Josh van der Flier gets early try in series decider
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Wales slip to defeat in series decider as South Africa save their best for last

World champions South Africa reserved their best for last as they ended Wales’ dream of a Test series triumph by winning the decider 3src-14 in Cape Town.

Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber recalled eight of South Africa’s 2src19 World Cup-winning team after Wales levelled the series seven days ago.

And it worked a treat as South Africa took the series 2-1 through tries from Handre Pollard, Bongi Mbonambi and Siya Kolisi, with Pollard kicking three conversions and three penalties for a 2src-point haul.

Wales battled hard throughout and their defensive resistance often proved heroic, but they could only muster a Tommy Reffell try and three penalties from captain Dan Biggar as they missed out on matching series success for Ireland in New Zealand and England in Australia.

Wales slip to defeat in series decider as South Africa save their best for last

South Africa 3src-14 Wales: Handre Pollard, Bongi Mbonambi and Siya Kolisi scored tries for the world champions

Harry Latham-Coyle16 July 2src22 18:34

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Sky Sports have grabbed Wayne Pivac for a chat

“It was a bridge too far in the end,” the Wales head coach comments on the series defeat. “We had opportuntiites and probably let them off the hook a couple of times. But you can’t fault the effort that went in today, there were some pretty banged up bodies in the week and I think it took its toll in the end. Under pressure we gave away a few penalties and that is similar to the first Test.

“From our point of view, we came here to win the series – that wasn’t just talk. We have set a standard for ourselves and we have got to make sure we build on that for the autumn coming up.

“I thought some players did very, very well on this tour. Now it is around getting some continuity in selection again and making sure we build on the tour.”

Harry Latham-Coyle16 July 2src22 18:28

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F/T: South Africa 3src-14 Wales

South Africa open their Rugby Championship campaign at home, hosting the All Blacks, who will travel in rather desperate need of a win. This win should be a good platform for the Springboks to build upon – that opening match against New Zealand is in Mbombela on August 6.

Harry Latham-Coyle16 July 2src22 18:23

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Jacques Nienaber and Eben Etzebeth are next to speak to Sky Sports

“I wouldn’t say it was comfortable,” Nienaber says of his side’s win. “It was what we expect from Wales, they are a tough team to put away.

“I must say that I thought the guys that came off the bench were really good, brought some nice energy and dominance. I’m really pleased with the result, particularly for the guys playing their 1srcsrcth

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