South Africa through to semi-finals after edging out Wales 23-19

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South Africa captain Fourie du Preez’s try five minutes from time hauled the Springboks past Wales 23-19 in a thrilling World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham.

Wales led 19-18 when Preez, cajoled out of Test retirement by coach Heyneke Meyer, burst down the blindside off the back of a close-range scrum after a superb pass from number eight Duane Vermeulen.

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Springboks wing Bryan Habana moved inside to draw Welsh marker Alex Cuthbert with him, and du Preez surged into the gap.

Fly half Handre Pollard scored all of two-time world champions South Africa’s other points in the brutal, see-saw contest.

The Springboks will meet defending champions New Zealand in the semi-finals after the All Blacks hammered France 62-13 in Cardiff.

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