Stats review: South Africa v Wales

Daniel Barnes
04 June 2018

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Wales’ Test clash with South Africa in Washington DC last weekend was big business – and a raft of Guinness PRO14 stars were key protagonists.

Wales, South Africa, Guinness PRO14, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Ellis Jenkins, Ox Nche, Oupa Mohoje

Cardiff Blues’ Tomos Williams stole the headlines with a try on his international debut, which helped Warren Gatland’s troops best a Springboks side featuring Toyota Cheetahs duo Ox Nche and Oupa Mohoje 22-20 at the RFK Stadium.

Here’s our look at some of the key stats from Wales’ success over the South Africans.

Williams arrives to the party

Scrum-half Williams was one of the undoubted stars of the show.

He enjoyed a memorable Wales debut, breaking two tackles from five metres to bag a first-half try.

Williams’ influence was also earmarked by the 44 passes he completed – bested only by the Springboks’ Ivan van Zyl – while he also completed five runs.

Anscombe leads the charge

With Ospreys’ Dan Biggar rested for Wales’ summer commitments, Gareth Anscombe was handed a start at fly-half and as well as kicking two penalties and a conversion, he also made more metres (58) than any other Welsh player.

Ross Moriarty, who is set to join Dragons from Gloucester ahead of next season, racked up 51 metres while Scarlets wing Tom Prydie clocked in with 26.

Moriarty and Anscombe both showed plenty of attacking intent embarking on nine and eight runs, respectively.

Cardiff Blues’ Ellis Jenkins, who was handed the captaincy for the first time, and Dragons’ Hallam Amos were also full of running, having both set off on seven forays apiece.

Springboks given the slip

Wales’ Anscombe was at the thick of the action for Wales and he also beat more defenders (3) than anyone else in a red shirt.

Amos, Williams, Jenkins and Moriarty all beat two defenders each as they contributed to a Welsh victory Stateside, although, on an individual level, they all fell well short of South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen, who left seven opponents trailing in his wake.

Jenkins stands up to be counted

Blues man Jenkins did his best to lead by example against the Springboks and the stats show that he got through more than his fair share of defensive work.

The 25-year-old pulled off 17 successful tackles as Wales kept South Africa at arm’s length – only Moriarty stopped more opponents (18) in their tracks.

The Dragons’ Corey Hill pulled off 13 tackles whilst Springboks flanker Mohoje racked up nine himself.

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