Wales make his­tory with Boks vic­tory

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WALES com­pleted a first clean sweep of au­tumn Tests after top­pling South Africa 20-11 at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

First-half tries by prop To­mas Fran­cis and full-back Liam Wil­liams put Wales in the lead but the Boks hit back with cen­tre Jesse Kriel’s touch­down, plus a penalty apiece from Han­dre Pol­lard and El­ton Jan­tjies.

Wales sealed the win with fly-half Gareth An­scombe kick­ing two con­ver­sions and his re­place­ment Dan Big­gar land­ing 68th and 72nd-minute penal­ties.

Eng­land swept aside Aus­tralia 37-18 to claim a sixth suc­ces­sive vic­tory over the Wal­la­bies.

Tries from Jonny May, El­liot Daly and Joe Cokanasiga and Owen Far­rell touch­ing down in the clos­ing stages.

An­drew Con­way’s hat-trick sealed Ire­land’s se­cond straight au­tumn se­ries clean sweep with a 57-14 win over the USA in Dublin.

Jack Co­nan, Tadhg Beirne, Stu­art McCloskey, Quinn Roux and John Ryan all crossed too.

Iain Hen­der­son was sin-binned in the first-half as the USA claimed a penalty try, while Worces­ter hooker Joe Taufete’e also crossed for a try. Fly-half Will Magie con­verted twice.

Joey Car­bery added a penalty to his six con­ver­sions to com­plete Ire­land’s tally.

New Zealand ran in 10 tries as they ham­mered Italy 66-3 at the Sta­dio Olimpico.

Jordie Bar­rett bagged four tries while Damian McKen­zie scored a hat-trick, with TJ Per­e­nara, Ngani Laumape and Beau­den Bar­rett also touch­ing down.

Beau­den Bar­rett also booted five con­ver­sions and Richie Mo’unga three, with Italy’s only points com­ing from Tommy Al­lan’s first-half penalty. ANNA Mac­fadyen booked her spot to next month’s Euro­pean Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Till­burg by com­ing fifth at the Bri­tish Tri­als in Liver­pool. The teen from For­res se­cured an au­to­matic berth in the Un­der-20 event for the trip to Den­mark on De­cem­ber 9. Char­lotte Arter and Ross Milling­ton won the se­nior races. KIRSTY Gil­mour has reached the fi­nal of the Scot­tish Open after beat­ing top seed Cai Yanyan. The home favourite and de­fend­ing cham­pion won 19-21, 21-18, 21-11 to set up a clash with Den­mark’s se­cond-seed Line Ho­j­mark Kjaers­feldt.

The men’s fi­nal will be be­tween Sun Feix­i­ang and Liu Haichao. CALE­DO­NIA Pride ex­ited the WBBL Cup in the quar­ter-fi­nals with a 95-74 loss to Sh­effield Hat­ters. SCOT­LAND’S Team Mouat beat de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Swe­den 9-5 in the gold medal game at their first Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Es­to­nia and in do­ing so de­nied Team Edin’s rink the op­por­tu­nity to claim their fifth con­sec­u­tive ti­tle in the event.

It was a re­ver­sal of the re­sult at last year’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships fi­nal when Edin’s rink de­feated Scot­land, then rep­re­sented by Team Smith. How­ever, on this oc­ca­sion, it was Scot­land that pre­vailed, after se­cur­ing a steal of three at the last when Edin’s last stone at­tempt to tie the match stayed wide of the tar­get.

Skip Bruce Mouat said: “It’s pretty in­sane. Ob­vi­ously we wanted to come here and per­form at our best and we said that we wanted to win a medal. Ob­vi­ously we knew WESTERN Wild­cats failed in their at­tempt to over­haul Grange at the top of the First Di­vi­sion after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cly­des­dale at Auchen­howie.

Grove Men­zieshill have emerged as the near­est chal­lengers to Grange with a 21-0 rout of bot­tom side Gor­do­nians. The Taysiders are now only two points be­hind the cham­pi­ons and could go top if they can see off Wild­cats at Auchen­howie to­day. BRIS­TOL De Mai blitzed a small but stel­lar field as he reigned supreme in the Bet­fair Chase at Hay­dock for the se­cond suc­ces­sive year.

He may not have come home 57 lengths clear as he did in 2017, but he showed he is a tip-top per­former on his day by putting last sea­son’s first two in the Chel­tenham Gold Cup in their place. The 13-2 shot jumped su­perbly for Daryl Ja­cob and he kept pulling out more to hold the chal­lenge of Colin Tiz­zard’s Na­tive River in game fash­ion with Thistle­crack in third. NI­CO­LAS Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Her­bert com­bined to win a thrilling dou­bles in Lille and take their Davis Cup fi­nal with Croa­tia into a third day. Trail­ing 2-0 at the start of the day, the French pair had to win to keep the tie alive and they man­aged that with a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) vic­tory over Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig. Yan­nick Noah’s men still must win both the re­verse sin­gles to­day to claim the ti­tle.

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