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Rugby | South Africa defeat Wales to reach World Cup final

50 - @Springboks' Handre Pollard now has 50 points in @rugbyworldcup knock-out matches, the ninth player to manage this. Haul.#WALvRSA#RWC2019 — OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) October 27, 2019 South Africa had won 32 of their previous 34 games when leading at half time, but Wales were in no mood to lie down. Biggar's third penalty of the game drew Wales level four minutes after the restart after an offside by South Africa. South Africa scored the game's first try in the 56th minute after intense pressure from the Springboks. De Allende powered past Biggar to cross the whitewash following Willie le Roux's pass. Pollard converted to make it 16-9. Gatland introduced Rhys Patchell for Biggar as Wales looked for an instant response. Wales responded admirably to the setback, and went through 21 phases of play before recording a try of their own just five minutes after de Allende's try. Adams went over in the corner after Wales moved the ball quickly from a scrum, becoming the tournament's outright top try-scorer on six tries. Leigh Halfpenny converted to tie the game at 16 points apiece. With five minutes remaining, South Africa disrupted the Wales lineout and forced a scrum deep in the Wales half. The Springboks' pressure soon led to a penalty, which Pollard sent over to make it 19-16. Pollard kicked the ball to touch in the 80th minute to secure victory. It was South Africa's power rather than their creativity which carried them through, but the Springboks won't care. Erasmus' men held on to set up a meeting with England - who defeated New Zealand in last night's other semi-final - next Saturday in a repeat of the 2007 final.
South Africa are going to the final at Rugby World Cup 2019 after beating Wales 19-16#WALvRSA #RWC2019 #WebbEllisCup — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 27, 2019
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