South Africa set up Rugby World Cup final against England with tense victory over Wales

27 Oct

England will face South Africa in next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final after the Springboks edged Wales 19-16 in their gripping semi-final.

With the scores level as late as the 76th minute, Handre Pollard held his nerve to score a massive penalty to win it for the South Africans in Yokohama.

South Africa broke Welsh hearts in Yokohama
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Pollard kicked 14 points and centre Damian de Allende scored a try, with their opponents replying through wing Josh Adams’ Wales record-equalling sixth try in one World Cup, three Dan Biggar penalties and a Leigh Halfpenny conversion.

For Wales, who were semi-final casualties against France eight years ago when captain Sam Warburton was sent off, it proved an agonising experience.

Their hopes of confirming a first all-northern hemisphere Rugby World Cup final were dashed and they also lost wing George North and prop Tomas Francis to first-half injuries.

Wales now play New Zealand in the third and fourth place play-off. It will be head coach Warren Gatland’s final game at the helm before he steps down after 12 years.

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