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As it happened: Springboks 23-19 Wales

2015-10-17 18:58
Last Updated at 19:35
17 Oct 19:34

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Well done to South Africa, with a moment of brilliance at the end winning the game at the death.

Credit also to a courageous Wales, who had to make 189 tackles - 88 more than their opponents!

The Boks will now face the winner of the All Blacks v France match later tonight.

There is however marked improvement needed from the error-prone Springboks if they are to win this tournament.

17 Oct 18:53

FULL-TIME: South Africa 23-19 Wales

They left it late, but the Boks are into the semi-finals of Rugby World Cup 2015!

17 Oct 18:52
80'- The Boks win a turnover and Du Preez boots it deep into the stands to end the game...
17 Oct 18:52
80'- With time up, Wales have moved up to near halfway...
17 Oct 18:50
78'- Lambie lines up a drop attempt but it's short and Wales try to counter from deep...
17 Oct 18:50
78'- The Boks have possession near the Welsh 22m area. Cool head needed now...
17 Oct 18:49

77'- De Allende wins a crucial penalty on the ground to bring massive relief for South Africa.

Lambie set sup a lineout inside Welsh territory.

17 Oct 18:48
76'- Wales throwing everything at the Boks now.
17 Oct 18:48
76'- If the Boks win, Pollard may need to go. He missed to many kicks at goal...
17 Oct 18:47
76'- Bok sub: Lambie replaces Pollard at flyhalf.
17 Oct 18:47
75'- Pollard misses with his conversion attempt but the Boks lead 23-19!
17 Oct 18:46
74'- Fourie du Preez is over in the corner! It was a strong scrum, before Vermeulen broke blind before flicking a clever pass to his captain who sprinted through to score!
17 Oct 18:45
74'- TRY to the Springboks!
17 Oct 18:44
73' - Wales fyhalf Dan Bigger is off for a concussion test, with Rhys Priestland on.
17 Oct 18:43


SA 6

Wales 10

17 Oct 18:42
72'- A Springbok scrum inside the red zone. They simply have to cash in now, or else...
17 Oct 18:41
71' - Inside the final 10 minutes now and the Boks have possession just inside the Welsh half...
17 Oct 18:40


79 572

17 Oct 18:37
68'- Louw, Etzebeth and Kriel the players off for South Africa...
17 Oct 18:37
67'- Bok subs: Alberts, Du Toit and Serfontein now on for the Boks.
17 Oct 18:36
67'- Wales have made more than a 100 more tackles than South Africa!
17 Oct 18:36


SA 61

Wales 166

17 Oct 18:35
67' - But again some heroic defence from Wales forces a turnover...
17 Oct 18:34
67'- Boks attacking near the red zone...
17 Oct 18:31
63'- This Springbok team is just incredibly ill-disciplined. I'm not confident at all at present.
17 Oct 18:31

63'- PENALTY slotted by Biggar.

SA 18-19 Wales

17 Oct 18:30

61'-  But yet again the Boks can't exit from the kick-off and concede a kickable penalty. Etzebeth going in off his feet at a ruck...

Biggar will line up, about 20m in-field...

17 Oct 18:29

61'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

SA 18-16 Wales

17 Oct 18:28
60'- Bok sub: Jannie du Plessis on at tighthead prop for Frans Malherbe.
17 Oct 18:27

60' - Another kickable penalty to the Boks as Wales go off their feet at a ruck.

Pollard will line up a kick from close to the touchline...

17 Oct 18:25

57' - Vermeulen penalised for a terrible high tackle on Jamie Roberts.

It gives Wales the opportunity to exit their own half...

17 Oct 18:24
56' - Wales sub: Hooker Scott Baldwin off, replaced by Ken Owens.
17 Oct 18:21
56'- Bok sub: Nyakane on for Mtawarira at prop.
17 Oct 18:21
56'- A sniping break from Le Roux bring the Boks into the red zone, but the Boks lose possession not soon afterwards...
17 Oct 18:20
55'- Bok sub: Strauss now permanently on for Du Plessis at hooker.
17 Oct 18:19
55'- Oh dear, Pollard pulls his penalty attempt to the left... chances slipping away here...
17 Oct 18:18
54'- Kickable penalty for the Boks after Wales collapse a maul. Pollard will line up a kick, about 20m in-field, 35m out...
17 Oct 18:15
51'- Maybe a good decision, because the Boks hardly look like scoring tries...
  • 80'

    Wales throwing every last ounce of energy into their attack now! They set up several phases but are met by a wall of green and gold defenders! The Boks eventually win the turnover and Willem Alberts goes to ground. Fourie du Preez gathers at the ensuing ruck and boots the ball into touch! The Boks start the celebrations as referee Wayne Barnes blows the final whistle! What a thrilling match! It could have gone either way but, in the end, Du Preez's try has won it for the Boks!

  • 80'

    South Africa 23 Wales 19

  • 77'

    Wales take the ball through the phases and De Allende does brilliantly as he gets over the ball after Roberts takes it into contact. Roberts is soon penalised for not releasing the ball and Pat Lambie puts the resulting penalty out close to Wales' 22.

  • 75'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DU PREEZ! 23-19. The Boks attack from a scrum, inside Wales' 22, and Vermeulen picks up and goes before offloading out of the back of his hand to his captain who scores in the left-hand corner!

  • 73'

    Damian de Allende takes the ball into contact and it takes three defenders to bring him to ground just outside Wales' 22. Boks setting up phases with their forwards now.

  • 70'

    Wales get the ball out to Cuthbert close to the Boks' 22! He beats a couple of defenders but is eventually brought to ground by De Jager.

  • 68'

    De Jager takes the ball into contact but spills the ball forward after taking a big hit from Dan Lydiate!

  • 66'

    The Boks take the ball through several phases, close to the halfway line but lose possession when Louw knocks on after a solid hit from Warburton!

  • 64'

    PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 18-19. Biggar regains the lead for Wales after Etzebeth goes off his feet at a ruck inside his 22.

  • 62'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 18-16. Pollard makes no mistake from the kicking tee and the Boks are back in front!

  • 61'

    Wales attack out wide and Anscombe kicks ahead but his effort is charged down by Habana! Anscombe does well to regather the loose ball but Wales are soon penalised when several of their players go off their feet at the ensuing ruck.

  • 59'

    Vermeulen is pinged for a high tackle on Jamie Roberts. Biggar kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the Boks' 10-metre line.

  • 58'

    Le Roux sets off on a mazy run and beats three defenders! He is soon inside Wales' 22 and offloads to Habana who is stopped in his tracks by Alex Cuthbert.

  • 56'

    Wales are pinged for offside play at a maul and pollard lines up a shot at goal but, once again, he's off target!

  • 54'

    Pollard launches an up-and-under but Anscombe is equal to the task and gathers before running into touch close to his 22.

  • 52'

    DROP GOAL, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 15-16. The Boks take the ball through numerous phases but can't breach Wales' defence. Pollard eventually calls for the ball and coolly land the snap-shot which reduces the deficit to a point!

  • 51'

    Etzebeth takes the ball into contact close to Wales' tryline but Warburton does brilliantly to win a turnover before hoofing the ball upfield!

  • 49'

    The Boks are on the attack close to Wales' 22 and take the through the phases with their forwards. Vermeulen, Burger and Francois Louw are prominent ball carriers.

  • 47'

    PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 12-16. Biggar extends Wales' lead after Burger is pinged for a ruck infringement.

  • 44'

    The Boks get a chance to regain the lead as Chateris is pinged for side-entry at a ruck but Pollard's kick is to the right of the uprights!

  • 41'

    Biggar gets the second half underway with a deep kick which the Boks fail to gather! The ball bounces around, just outside their 22 and Luke Charteris pounces on it before the ball goes out to Wales' backs.

  • 40'

    DROP GOAL, WALES, BIGGAR! 12-13. Wales take the ball through the phases with their forwards, just outside South Africa's 22, and Biggar drops into the pocket before landing the snap-shot from about 30 metres out! That's also the final act to a thrilling opening half and the teams head into the sheds for a deserved break. It's been an even contest but Wales probably deserve their slender lead as they have had the better of the exchanges towards the end of the half.

  • 40'

    South Africa 12 Wales 13

  • 39'

    Beast Mtawarira is pinged for a ruck infringement and Biggar gets a chance to put Wales back in front. His kick hits an upright and Schalk Burger gathers the loose ball before taking the ball into contact.

  • 37'

    Sam Warburton takes the ball into contact, close to the Boks' 22, but is caught in possession and soon pinged for not releasing the ball in the tackle. Pollard puts the resulting penalty out on Wales' 10-metre line.

  • 34'

    The Boks try to run the ball from inside their 22 but Lood de Jager cops a huge hit from Alun Wyn Jones! De Jager does well to go to ground.

  • 32'

    Duane Vermeulen does well to gather the ball, from a back-pedalling scrum close to the halfway line. He offloads to Du Preez who launches a cross-field kick which beats Pietersen into touch on Wales' 22-metre line.

  • 30'

    Fourie du Preez kicks ahead and Anscombe does well to gather on the edge of his 22, despite great pressure from Habana. Wales consolidate as Anscombe sets up a ruck.

  • 28'

    Davies launches a box kick but it's a poor effort and Habana gathers without any pressure on him.

  • 25'

    Pollard launches a bomb but Gareth Anscombe does well to gather despite great pressure from JP Pietersen. Davies breaks around the blindside and offloads to Alex Cuthbert who knocks on close to his 22-metre line!

  • 23'

    Frans Malherbe is blown up for side-entry at a ruck. Biggar puts the resulting penalty out on South Africa's 22-metre line.

  • 21'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 12-10. Pollard restores the Boks' lead after Wales are pinged for obstruction on defence deep inside their 22.

  • 19'

    CONVERSION, WALES, BIGGAR! 9-10. Biggar adds the extras to put Wales in front for the first time!

  • 18'

    TRY, WALES, G DAVIES! 9-8. From the restart, Biggar collects and he launches a bomb which he regathers from under the nose of Willie le Roux! He is brought to ground inside the Boks' 22 but frees his hands and offloads to Gareth Davies who gets over for the game's opening try!

  • 17'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 9-3. Pollard lands another three-pointer from the kicking tee after Alun Wyn Jones is pinged for not rolling away at a ruck.

  • 15'

    WALES, PENALTY, BIGGAR. 6-3. Biggar opens the scoring for Wales.

  • 14'

    The Boks go through a few phases inside their 22, but they make a hash of it as Wales make a turnover. The Boks are pinged on the deck and Biggar will have a shot at goal right in-front of poles.

  • 12'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 6-0. His kick is good.

  • 11'

    The Boks win a penalty after Wales are caught in an offside position. Pollard will have a shot at goal form 30 metres out.

  • 10'

    Du Preez launches a bomb down Anscombe's throat. He spills the ball and the Boks have an attacking scrum on halfway.

  • 9'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 3-0. His kick is good and the Boks take the lead.

  • 8'

    The Boks win a penalty at the deck and Pollard will have a shot at goal from about 30 metres out on the angle.

  • 7'

    The Boks surge forward with their driving maul from halfway and now they go through the phases and take play up to Wales 22.

  • 6'

    Wales keep hammering away inside Bok territory. The Patiently go through the phases and Biggar launches a bomb. Pollard tries to gather but he spills the ball in contact. The Boks win a penalty on the deck, however.

  • 3'

    Wales swing the ball wide to North and he surges down the left hand touch line. He is brought to ground inches away from the Bok try-line. Wales swing the ball wide again, but the ball is passed into touch and the Boks can breathe again.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Pool B winners South Africa and Pool A runners-up Wales, from Twickenham in London. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news from each side.

  • 0'

    Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has made one change to the side that claimed a 64-0 victory over the USA in their final pool game last week. The experienced JP Pietersen is back in place of Lwazi Mvovo who drops out of the matchday 23. Pietersen, who has recovered from a knee injury which kept him out of the USA Test, will wear the number 14 jersey and Bryan Habana will revert to the left-wing for this encounter. The Springbok bench shows four changes from the last match. The experienced quartet of Adriaan Strauss, Jannie du Plessis, Ruan Pienaar and Pat Lambie are all back to give the South Africans a boost from the replacements? bench.

  • 0'

    Wales have made three changes to their starting lineup after last weekend's loss to Australia in their last pool match. Experienced prop Gethin Jenkins comes into the starting line-up for Paul James, while the other change in the pack sees Dan Lydiate return in place of Justin Tipuric. With Liam Williams' tournament over, Tyler Morgan comes into the team at outside centre, with George North shifting back to the wing. The bench is as expected with Aaron Jarvis and Ross Moriarty dropping out of the matchday squad to accommodate the returns of Jenkins and Lydiate.

  • 0'

    This will be the 31st Test between Wales and South Africa with the Springboks winning 27 of the previous 30 Tests. Wales were victorious twice and there's been one draw. The two countries first faced each other in 1906 during the Springboks' first-ever overseas tour. Lock Alun Wyn Jones will join the 100 cap club when he makes his 94th appearance for Wales (he has also played six Tests for the British and Irish Lions). Springbok wing Bryan Habana holds the tournament record with All Blacks great Jonah Lomu for the most tries. Both are on 15 and if Habana crosses the whitewash today he will become the sole record holder.

  • 0'

    And we're off! Handre Pollard gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Talupe Faletau, who goes to ground inside his 22.

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South Africa Wales
  • 1 Tries 1
    • 74' Fourie du Preez
    • 17' Gareth Davies
  • 0 Conversions 1
    • 18' Dan Biggar
  • 5 Penalties 3
    • 8' Handre Pollard
    • 12' Handre Pollard
    • 16' Handre Pollard
    • 20' Handre Pollard
    • 61' Handre Pollard
    • 14' Dan Biggar
    • 46' Dan Biggar
    • 63' Dan Biggar
  • 1 Drop Goals 1
    • 51' Handre Pollard
    • 40' Dan Biggar
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Frans Malherbe
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Francois Louw
  • Schalk Burger
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Fourie du Preez
  • Handre Pollard
  • Bryan Habana
  • Damian de Allende
  • Jesse Kriel
  • J.P Pietersen
  • Willie Le Roux
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Gethin Jenkins
  • Scott Baldwin
  • Samson Lee
  • Luke Charteris
  • Alun Wyn Jones
  • Dan Lydiate
  • Sam Warburton
  • Taulupe Faletau
  • Gareth Davies
  • Dan Biggar
  • George North
  • Jamie Roberts
  • Tyler Morgan
  • Alex Cuthbert
  • Gareth Anscombe
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Willem Alberts
  • Ruan Pienaar
  • Patrick Lambie
  • Jan Serfontein
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Ken Owens
  • Paul James
  • Tomas Francis
  • Bradley Davies
  • Justin Tipuric
  • Lloyd Williams
  • Rhys Priestland
  • James Hook

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