Photos: Wales beat South Africa for only the second time

The best images that tell the tale of how Wales defeated a southern hemisphere nation for the first time in six years

As at many sporting events this weekend, the Wales team and the Welsh Rugby Union pay their respects to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died earlier this week.

Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicks Wales into an early lead at the Millennium Stadium before South Africa outside-half Pat Lambie levels the score, but both kickers miss a further effort in the opening 40 minutes.

Keen to capitalise on being deep in the Springboks’ 22, Wales call for their 13-man lineout. A second crack at it sees Halfpenny go for the line, but the referee deems the ball held up and South Africa survive.

South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth breaks through tackles from Wales flanker Dan Lydiate and prop Samson Lee, but his drive forward is halted by Halfpenny on the Wales 22.

After a series of lineouts by both sides, the first half ends 3-3, the third time that Wales have been level at the break in this Dove Men Series.

Halfpenny kicks three further successful penalty goals inside the opening 17 minutes of the second half, with Lambie adding the Springboks’ only other score to briefly bring the score to 6-6.

Springboks number 8 Duane Vermeulen — who was on the shortlist for World Rugby Player of the Year — is held up by Wales flanker Lydiate as he attempts another drive forward.

Wales’ influential outside-half Dan Biggar challenges Springboks scrum-half Cobus Reinach for a high ball on his way to a man of the match performance.

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers leaves the field on a stretcher after dislocating his knee cap just before the hour mark.

Even World Rugby’s Junior Player of the Year Handre Pollard coming off the bench fails to get the South Africa attack within touching distance of the converted try they need to avoid defeat.

Wales captain Sam Waburton, lock Jake Ball and hooker Scott Baldwin celebrate just a second win over South Africa, and their first win over a southern hemisphere big three nation since 2008, as referee Johnny Lacey blows the final whistle.

Warburton lifts the Prince William Cup — created in 2007 by the Welsh Rugby Union to celebrate 100 years of rugby union history between Wales and South Africa — for the first time.

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