Wales On Sunday - - SPORT -

WALES will head into World Cup year on the back of an au­tumn clean sweep. Yes­ter­day’s 20-11 vic­tory over South Africa at Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium fol­lowed up wins over Scot­land, Aus­tralia and Tonga to ex­tend the win­ning run of War­ren Gat­land’s men to nine matches.

But the eu­pho­ria of a fourth suc­ces­sive win over the Spring­boks was tem­pered by a se­ri­ous knee in­jury sus­tained by man of the match El­lis Jenk­ins.

The Cardiff Blues flanker had stepped into the start­ing line-up as a re­place­ment for in­jured bind­side Dan Ly­di­ate and then took over at No.8 early in the game fol­low­ing Ross Mo­ri­arty’s de­par­ture with a head knock.

His mag­nif­i­cent dis­play was key to Wales’ vic­tory but Jenk­ins went down awk­wardly dur­ing the game’s fi­nal pas­sage and was left in agony with a sus­pected an­te­rior cru­ci­ate liaga­ment rup­ture.

If the in­jury is con­firmed by a scan to­mor­row then Jenk­ins could be fac­ing a long pe­riod out of the game with the World Cup in Ja­pan loom­ing on the hori­zon.

“He’s got a scan booked in for Mon­day,” said Gat­land.

“It looks like an ACL, I think, which is not bril­liant. He’s ob­vi­ously very dis­ap­pointed.

“I thought his per­for­mance was out­stand­ing.

“When any­one gets in­jured it’s the hard­est thing to take.

“You know it’s a big year for a lot of play­ers and they work so hard.”

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