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Wales On Sunday - - SPORT ON SUNDAY -

WALES Women claimed a de­served vic­tory against South Africa in a lunchtime kick-off at Cardiff Arms Park, outscor­ing their op­po­nents three tries to one.

While the Spring­boks are not the force in the women’s game that they are in the men’s - they lie 13th in the world rank­ings com­pared to ninth-placed Wales – it was still a more than cred­itable win for the hosts.

Wales were grate­ful to tries from Olympian winger Jas­mine Joyce, No.8 Sioned Har­ries and hooker Carys Phillips. Out­side­half Robyn Wilkins sup­plied the rest of the points with her boot.

In dif­fi­cult con­di­tions Wales were forced to dig deep, their li­ne­out mal­func­tion­ing at times.

But Row­land Phillips’ side were never se­ri­ously trou­bled dur­ing the first-half, with South Africa of­fer­ing lit­tle at­tack­ing threat,

By the in­ter­val, scores from Joyce and Har­ries, as well as a Wilkins con­ver­sion, es­tab­lished a 12-0 lead for the home side.

That ad­van­tage re­ally should have been more em­phatic and would have been if tight­head prop Amy Evans hadn’t been held up af­ter cross­ing the try line.

The visi­tors came more into it in the sec­ond pe­riod, and Wales didn’t help them­selves by hav­ing Har­ries sin-binned for il­le­gally slow­ing down the ball.

South Africa used their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage to ex­ert sus­tained pres­sure, but Wales de­fended mag­nif­i­cently.

Bok flanker Lu­sanda Dumke did get over for a try be­fore the end, but the home side had the last word through Phillips’ score.

The re­sult should pro­vide con­fi­dence ahead of the clash with Hong Kong on Fri­day evening.

The sternest ex­am­i­na­tion of Novem­ber will then be set by Canada on Satur­day Novem­ber 24.

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