Police to hold security talks with Principality Stadium bosses after Wales v South Africa intruder incident

Police to hold security talks with Principality Stadium bosses after Wales v South Africa intruder incident

Police are set to hold security talks with Principality Stadium bosses after a pitch invader got onto the field of play during Wales v South Africa.

The intruder caused uproar after climbing over the pitchside barriers and onto the pitch – reportedly for a £20 bet – in the final quarter of Wales’ second autumn international, notably for getting in the way of Liam Williams as he looked to make the most of a potential try-scoring opportunity.

Instead, Williams had to dodge the intruder and the steward who tackled him to the ground and Wales ended the game on the wrong side of a narrow 23-18 scoreline.

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Now, police have confirmed they are set to discuss the matter further with Principality Stadium bosses.

It is the second time in the space of seven days that a member of the public managed to gain entry to the field, with Wales v New Zealand on October 30 seeing serial pitch invader Daniel Jarvis line up with the All Blacks for their anthem.

A spokesman for South Wales Police told WalesOnline on Sunday: “The 28-year-old man who intruded onto the pitch at the Principality Stadium on Saturday evening was escorted from the ground and ejected from the stadium.

“South Wales Police will discuss the matter further with the stadium management.”

Mark Williams, Principality Stadium manager, said of the incident: “We condemn this type of behaviour in the strongest possible terms. He was intercepted and immediately escorted from the stadium and handed over to South Wales Police.”

The Welsh Rugby Union has been contacted for a comment.

Pundits and Wales boss Wayne Pivac cast doubt over whether Liam Williams would have gone on to score had it not been for the interruption.

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