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The Springboks are through to a Rugby World Cup Final against England after a 19-16 win over Wales on Sunday night.
Wales and the Springboks are set to do battle in the second semi-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the game from 8pm (AEDT).
The Springboks played the role of party-spoilers to perfection in Tokyo last week, outscoring host-nation Japan 26-3 in their quarter-final match-up.
Japan fought valiantly, and the margin didn’t truly reflect the closeness of the contest. However, it was the class and experience of the Springboks that shone through in the end, allowing them to run in a couple of late tries against the Brave Blossoms.
Wales meanwhile defeated Six Nations rivals France 20-19 to book their place in the semi-finals. It was a nail-biting and somewhat controversial encounter, marred by a 49th-minute red card to French second-rower Sebastien Vahaamahina, which put Les Blues at a distinct disadvantage.
The Welsh were then able to edge ahead of their 14-man opposition with just minutes remaining in the contest. Replacement back-rower Ross Moriarty scored off the back of a Tomos Williams strip which saw Wales win possession, with plenty of controversy surrounding whether or not the strip went forward – the final decision being that it didn’t.
Wales have shown plenty of grit and toughness in this tournament, grinding out a 3-point win against Australia in the group stage, and of course their 1-point victory over France last week.
South Africa though, while bested by the All Blacks in their opening game, have arguably been in better form than Wales for the rest of the tournament, and were certainly more convincing last week.
Working in Wales’ favour however is the fact that the Springboks will have to get the job done without first-choice winger Cheslin Kolbe, who has succumbed to an ankle injury.
Kolbe has been one of the stars of this World Cup, busting tackles at will and scoring two tries in the process. South Africa will certainly feel his absence.
Smart money is on South Africa in this one. They showed way more in their quarter-final than Wales did, and they’ll like their chances of advancing to next week’s final going into this game.
Springboks by 10.
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Where: International Stadium Yokohama
When: 8pm AEDT
TV: Fox Sports
Streaming: Kayo Sports
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