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South Africa confirmed that they are the best of the two worse teams that ever qualified for a World Rugby Cup semi-final after they defeated Wales with 19-16 to proceed to the final against overwhelming favourite England.
The Springbok's win over Wales was far from a classic encounter, but the Boks prevailed thanks to a second-half try from Damian de Allende and the boot of fly-half Handre Pollard, who kicked 14 points.
Wales trailed 6-9 at half-time despite having enjoyed the majority of possession (59%). Neither side was able to get their game going with the windy conditions not making it easy, with both sides who kicked each other to a stalemate. Such was the stalemate that both teams only entered the other's 22 on two occasions. Although Wales tried to play the ball through hand they lacked the precision with the South African defence not making it easy.
The second half, unfortunately, produced the same poor quality of rugby with South Africa who scored the first try of the match after fifty-eight minutes. Wales replied with a try seven minutes later to level the score 16-16.
Although Wales gave it everything they could never get their game going and one final Pollard penalty clinched the game for South Africa.
Springboks: Try: Damian de Allende. Conversion: Handre Pollard. Penalties: Handre Pollard (4)
Wales: Try: Josh Adams. Conversion: Dan Biggar. Penalties: Dan Biggar (4).