South Africa beats Wales 19-16 to qualify for Rugby World Cup final

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 27: Francois Louw of South Africa celebrates with teammate Faf de Klerk after winning the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between Wales and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on October 27, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 27: Damian de Allende of South Africa goes over to score his team’s first try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between Wales and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on October 27, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

South Africa edged Wales 19-16 in their Rugby World Cup semifinal at the International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan, to advance to the final.

A tight game saw both teams each score one try with Damian de Allende crossing over for South Africa while Josh Adams did so for Wales.

Handre Pollard kicked a total of 14 points for the two-time champions while Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny kicked 11 points between them for Wales.

A tight first half saw the Springboks go into the break with a 9-6 lead with Pollard and Biggar trading penalties.

Wales levelled the score through another penalty by Biggar early in the second half. However, in the 58th minute, Damian de Allende dotted down for the first try of the match after shrugging off two tackles. Pollard successfully kicked the conversion.

The Springboks’ lead lasted just eight minutes as Welsh wing Adams went over in the corner with Halfpenny adding the extras.

Rhys Patchell’s missed attempt for a drop goal proved costly as Pollard landed another penalty with five minutes to go to give South Africa a three-point lead they would not relinquish.

The win sees South Africa set up a repeat of the 2007 final against England next Saturday at the International Stadium Yokohama for the Webb Ellis Cup.

On that occasion, South Africa triumphed 15-6 in France to secure its second Rugby World Cup title.

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