A depleted Wales will be looking to secure their second win of the autumn after falling 21-29 to Australia, before bouncing back to scrape past Georgia by seven points. However, they then succumbed 33-18 against New Zealand last weekend, and will be desperate to end the year on a high.
South Africa’s European tour begin with a humiliating 38-3 reverse against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, before a narrow 18-17 victory over France. The Springboks followed this up with a five-try 35-6 rout of Italy at the Stadio Plebiscito, and this weekend’s Test is the final match of their four-game tour.
Both teams will be looking to end a long season on a high, and although there's a tempting 19/10 on Wales/Wales in the Half Time/Full Time betting, their chances have been significantly hampered due to a whole host of players being unavailable. Jake Ball, Jonathan Davies, Justin Tipuric, Liam Williams, Sam Warburton, George North and Ross Moriarty are all injured, there are doubts over Rhys Webb’s involvement due to concussion, whilst Jamie Roberts, Tomas Francis, Rhys Priestland and Owen Williams have all returned to their English clubs. The home side are 5/4 in the Draw No Bet odds, and are understandably underdogs with a variety of bookmakers.
However, Bath’s Talupe Faletau is surprisingly available for selection despite plying his trade in the Aviva Premiership – a real boost for Gatland. His club side could be fined for releasing the Number 8 to play in this fixture which falls outside of World Rugby’s autumn window, but on the pitch this weekend he could help the hosts towards an unlikely surge, which would make 13/10 on them to be leading at half time worth considering. For the optimists, the men in red can also be found at 9/2 for 11+ in the Australian Winning Margin odds.
South Africa – 10/13 to open the scoring at the Principality Stadium - will be looking to secure their first victory away to Wales in three attempts, after losing in Cardiff in both 2014 and 2016. Their resources are somewhat stretched too, with doubts over the fitness of Tendai Mtawarira, whilst overseas-based Francois Louw, Franco Mostert and Duane Vermeulen are all ineligible. However, they’re priced at a tempting 12/5 to triumph by 1-7 points.
With many of Wales’ frontline players unavailable, head coach Allister Coetzee will be looking to capitalise on this opportunity to secure victory over their opponents before returning to the southern hemisphere and, realistically, they should do so with ease.
Sports.net’s Top Tip
South Africa +13