Cape Town - We all know there's only ONE statistic that really counts in any rugby match - the final score.

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Sunday's much-anticipated Rugby World Cup semi-final in Yokohama between the Springboks and Wales ended in a nerve-wracking 19-16 victory for South Africa.

As a result, the Springboks will take on England in next Saturday's final.

England were impressive in eliminating defending champions, the All Blacks, in their semi-final. The Springboks were less convincing in dousing the Welsh challenge presented by Warren Gatland's side.

But a win is a win - no matter how ugly!

What do the official match stats tell us?

That it was a kick-a-thon of epic proportions! No fewer than 81 kicks (mainly box kicks) were made - more than one per minute!

And that one of very places the Springboks came out on top was the final scoreboard.

ON ATTACK

METRES CARRIED

South Africa - 283m

Wales - 189m

RUNS

South Africa - 71

Wales - 111

DEFENDERS BEATEN

South Africa - 15

Wales - 10

CLEAN BREAKS

South Africa - 2

Wales - 5

PASSES

South Africa - 67

Wales - 106

OFFLOADS

South Africa - 2

Wales - 4

POSSESSION

South Africa - 39%

Wales - 61%

TERRITORY

South Africa - 62%

Wales - 38%

ON DEFENCE

TACKLES

South Africa - 142

Wales - 74

MISSED TACKLES

South Africa - 10

Wales - 15

BREAKDOWN

RUCKS WON

South Africa - 56

Wales - 97

PENALTIES CONCEDED

South Africa - 9

Wales -  8

TOTAL KICKS

South Africa - 40

Wales - 41

FINAL SCORE?

South Africa - 19

Wales - 16

- Compiled by Garrin Lambley