Nouvelle-Zélande - Afrique du Sud - Coupe du Monde de Rugby 2019, Poule B

South Africa and Wales played a thrilling Rugby World Cup semifinal with both team displayed relentless fighting spirit. In the end, it would come down to who could keep their nerve, and after 80 pain-staking minutes, it was Handre Pollard and the Springboks who emerged triumphant.

South Africa have the boot of Pollard to thank for their third World Cup final appearance, with the fly-half kicking 14 of their points on top of Damian de Allende’s well-taken try. Wales were keeping up with the African side thanks to Josh Adams’s sixth try of the campaign, putting himself out in front in the try-scoring charts, while Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny added 11 points combined from the tee, but Pollard’s final penalty four minutes from time proved the final nail in Wales’s World Cup coffin.

South Africa will return here next Saturday to face England in a repeat of the 2007 World Cup final, while for Wales the journey is agonisingly not over yet. They will face a New Zealand team that will be determined to make up for the failings of their own semi-final defeat, and a long night could be in store for Warren Gatland’s farewell in Friday’s third-place play-off.


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