Springboks burst into RWC final with defeat over Wales

South Africans will be celebrating long into the night after the Springboks defeated Wales 19-16 in a thrilling semi-final at International Stadium Yokohama in Japan on Sunday.

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South Africa celebrate their narrow victory over Wales in a hard-fought Rugby World Cup semi-final at International Stadium Yokohama (Image: Sourced).

Thus, the Springboks will play England in the Rugby World Cup final after fly-half, Handre Pollard, kicked for a decisive 14 points to steer coach Rassie Erasmus’ team to a hard-fought victory. Centre/ winger Damian de Allende scored the Boks’ only try following a moment of sheer brilliance in the 57th minute.

Pollard had made the initial break and, with South Africa playing with the freedom of a penalty advantage, the ball made its way to de Allende and he brushed off a weak challenge by Welsh fly-half, Dan Biggar, to crash over.

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The Boks have booked a repeat of the 2007 Rugby World Cup final against England at the Stade de France in France (Image: Sourced).

“It was everything we could have looked forward to in a Test Match,” said a jubilant Bok captain, Siya Kolisi, after the match. “We felt like we had the energy and they (Wales) were taking the one side, and line-outs and scrums as well, but I thought the most important thing was sticking to what we know best.”

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The Springboks certainly delivered on what they knew best as the encounter culminated in a hugely physical ping-pong affair. The first half presented the dexterous kicking game which had been predicted, with scrum-half Faf de Klerk’s box-kicks pegging back Wales whenever they tried to expose the South Africa wingers by spreading the ball wide.

However, when de Klerk spilled an easy catch into touch, Wales won a penalty from the resulting lineout which Biggar slotted over from distance to level the scores on 45 minutes.

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RG Snyman takes a restart against Wales in their semi-final encounter (Image: AP Photo).

To their credit, Wales roared back and were rewarded after going through 23 phases pushing at the line then opting for a scrum, having forced a penalty. But it was the Boks’ who would have the last say, with Pollard coolly slotting the winning penalty to aid South Africa claim a late win.

This performance sealed a berth for a repeat of the 2007 Rugby World Cup bout against England. There, the Springboks went on to steal the show with a 15-6 winning performance at the Stade de France, and will hope to do the same in Yokohama on November 2.

South Africa 19 – Try: Damian de Allende; Conversion: Handre Pollard; Penalties: Handre Pollard 4.

Wales 16 Try: Josh Adams; Conversion: Leigh Halfpenny; Penalties: Dan Biggar 3.