Wales 16-19 South Africa: Springboks book Rugby World Cup final place
South Africa booked a Rugby World Cup final meeting with England as a Handre Pollard penalty with four minutes remaining sealed a 19-16 victory over Wales at a blustery Yokohama Stadium on Sunday.
In a dreary encounter, riddled with errors and poor kicking, fly-halves Dan Biggar and Pollard duelled in a game of kick tennis off the tee for long periods, leaving the Test at 9-9 early in the second half.
Wales 16-19 South Africa RECAP: Handre Pollard kicks Springboks to Rugby World Cup final
South Africa battled their way into their third World Cup final on Sunday as the goalkicking of Handre Pollard and a try by Damian de Allende eventually overwhelmed Wales 19-16 to set up a repeat of the 2007 final against England.
At almost every opportunity, Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk sent the ball into the windy Yokohama sky to gain territory, with his big forwards smashing into any red shirt and looked to Pollard to land penalties, which he duly did.
Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales 16-19 South Africa
Wales missed out on a first World Cup final in gut-wrenching fashion as Handre Pollard’s 76th-minute penalty snatched victory for South Africa in a gripping semi-final to set up a showdown against England.
The first half was a war of attrition, three Pollard penalties giving the Springboks a 9-6 lead as they sought to overpower Wales up front and kick them into submission.
Wales 16-19 South Africa: Heartbreak for Warren Gatland’s side as Handre Pollard strikes decisive penalty
South Africa will play England in the Rugby World Cup final after edging Wales 19-16 in Yokohama on Sunday.
There was very little to separate the sides at half-time with South Africa taking a 9-6 lead into the break thanks to three Handre Pollard penalties to Dan Biggar’s two for Wales.