南非對陣威爾士。韋恩-皮瓦克的球隊旨在打破彈簧人的完美10分記錄

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南非對陣威爾士。韋恩-皮瓦克的球隊旨在打破彈簧人的完美10分記錄

最後更新於.從威爾士橄欖球部分

威爾士橄欖球還有一些前沿陣地需要征服。

事實證明,到目前為止,威爾士在彩虹之國面對南非的訪問是不完美的10。

在1964年和2014年之間有10場國際比賽。10次失敗。在這些比賽中,南非以415-137的比分勝過威爾士,平均比分為41-14。

自1906年的第一場比賽以來,威爾士在兩國之間的37場比賽中取得了6場勝利,其中5場是在加的夫取得的,另一場是2018年在華盛頓特區取得的。

但事實證明,在南非的比賽對威爾士來說是一個不愉快的狩獵場,韋恩-皮瓦克的球隊希望消除記憶並創造歷史。

南非隊在主場對威爾士隊的前兩場勝利相隔31年,1964年在德班以24比3獲勝,隨後於1995年在約翰內斯堡以40比11慘敗。

那是在職業化時代進行的第一次國際比賽。這場比賽將被記住,因為春風隊第二排的Kobus Wiese打了Derwyn Jones一拳,但沒有被罰下,而客隊的鈎手Garin Jenkins因為打了Joost van der Westhuizen被紅牌罰下。

2022年系列賽的首場測試在比勒陀利亞的高海拔地區進行,威爾士在洛夫圖斯-韋爾斯菲爾德忍受着悲慘的日子。

之前的三次訪問分別以96-13(1998年)、53-18(2004年)和37-21(2008年)的比分落敗。

當然,最臭名昭著的是24年前的那場幾乎100分的大敗,當時一個臨時的威爾士隊被羞辱了。

南非教練尼克-馬利特將他的對手描述為世界上最糟糕的球隊之一。

這場15分的羞辱是威爾士有史以來最嚴重的失敗,也是一個大國遭受的最大失敗。

威爾士在沒有大量首選球員的情況下出征,這些球員因傷留在了家裡。

看守教練丹尼斯-約翰(Dennis John)不得不放棄18名不能上場的球員,另外還有7名球員在巡迴賽中受傷。

六年後又一次慘敗,但10年後威爾士在同一場地的競爭力要強得多。

2008年世界橄欖球年度最佳球員沙恩-威廉姆斯在測試系列賽的兩場比賽中都有精彩的個人嘗試,他在自己的後院勝過布萊恩-哈巴納。

也是在那次比賽中,威爾士防守教練肖恩-愛德華茲建議將傑米-羅伯茨從後衛改成內線中鋒。這被證明是沃倫-加特蘭威爾士時代成功的一個關鍵時刻。

威爾士隊最接近在自己的地盤上擊敗彈簧人隊的一次是2014年6月雙方在該國的最後一次相遇。

在德班的第一次測試中輸掉後,威爾士被剝奪了勝利,因為在內爾斯普雷特進行的第二次測試中彈簧人奪得了一場戲劇性的勝利,令人振奮。

傑米-羅伯茨和亞歷克斯-庫斯伯特(Alex Cuthbert)的嘗試,他在那天幾乎是不可阻擋的,產生了偉大的威爾士側翼表現之一,使占優勢的威爾士控制了局面。

盧克-查特里斯和丹-比格被黃牌警告後,紀律渙散,讓南非隊通過一次點球嘗試和一次科納爾-亨德里克斯的嘗試回到了比賽中。

肯-歐文斯的嘗試擴大了領先優勢,但威利-勒魯的努力和傷停補時階段的點球嘗試使英國人獲得了勝利。

裁判員史蒂夫-沃爾什(Steve Walsh)裁定利亞姆-威廉姆斯(Liam Williams)在離達陣線不遠的地方非法用肩膀將亨德里克斯(Hendricks)撞出界。

莫恩-斯泰恩(還有誰?)在門柱前完成了制勝的轉換。

在那一刻之前,威爾士在姆博貝拉體育場的比賽中從未落後過。徹底的心碎。

皮瓦克的指控將希望八年後不會再出現這種情況。


Last updated on .From the section Welsh Rugby

Welsh rugby has a few frontiers left to conquer.

It has proved an imperfect 10 for Wales so far on their visits to face South Africa in the Rainbow Nation.

Ten international matches between 1964 and 2014. 10 defeats. In those games, South Africa have outscored Wales by 415-137 with an average scoreline of 41-14.

Wales have managed six wins out of 37 games between the two countries since the first match in 1906, with five of those wins in Cardiff and another in Washington DC in 2018.

But matches in South Africa have proved an unhappy hunting ground for Wales with Wayne Pivac's side hoping to erase memories and create history.

South Africa's opening two wins against Wales at home came 31 years apart with a 24-3 victory in Durban in 1964, followed by a 40-11 drubbing in Johannesburg in 1995.

That was the first international played in the professional era. It will be remembered for Springboks second row Kobus Wiese punching Derwyn Jones and not getting sent off while visiting hooker Garin Jenkins was shown a red card for striking Joost van der Westhuizen.

The opening Test of the 2022 series takes place at altitude in Pretoria with Wales enduring miserable times at Loftus Versfeld.

Three previous visits produced defeats to the tune of 96-13 (1998), 53-18 (2004) and 37-21 (2008).

The most infamous of course is the almost 100-point hammering of 24 years ago when a makeshift Wales side were humiliated.

South Africa coach Nick Mallett described his opponents as one of the worst teams in the world.

The 15-try humiliation was Wales' heaviest ever defeat and the biggest suffered by a major nation.

Wales had toured without a large number of first-choice players who stayed at home because of injury.

Caretaker coach Dennis John had to do without 18 players who made themselves unavailable and a further seven were lost to injury on the tour.

Another heavy defeat followed six years later but Wales were far more competitive at the same ground 10 years later.

The 2008 World Rugby player of the year Shane Williams dazzled with a fine individual try in both matches of the Test series as he outshone Bryan Habana in his own backyard.

That was also the tour that Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards suggested converting Jamie Roberts from full-back to an inside centre. It proved a pivotal moment in the success of the Warren Gatland Wales era.

The closest Wales came to defeating a Springboks side on their own turf was the last occasion the two sides met in the country in June 2014.

After losing in Durban in the first Test, Wales were denied victory as the Springboks snatched a dramatic victory in an exhilarating second Test in Nelspruit.

Tries from Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert, who was almost unstoppable that day producing with one of the great Welsh wing performances, put dominant Wales in control.

Ill-discipline, with Luke Charteris and Dan Biggar yellow-carded, allowed South Africa back into the game through a penalty try and a Cornal Hendricks try.

Ken Owens's try extended the lead but Willie Le Roux's effort and a converted injury-time penalty try gave the Boks victory.

Referee Steve Walsh adjudged Liam Williams to have illegally shoulder-charged Hendricks into touch just short of the try-line.

Morne Steyn (who else?) chipped over the winning conversion in front of the posts.

Wales had not been behind in the game at the Mbombela Stadium until that moment. Sheer heartbreak.

Pivac's charges will be hoping that is not the case again eight years on.

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