Wales v south africa betting odds today show

Wales v south africa betting odds today show

Wales' World Cup dream ended in Yokohama as they made another painful semi-final exit after losing 19-16 to South Africa.

The Springboks will face England in next Saturday's final following fly-half Handre Pollard's match-winning penalty four minutes from time.

Pollard kicked 14 points and centre Pollard kicked 14 points and centre Damian de Allende scored a try, with their opponents replying through wing Josh Adams' Wales record-equalling sixth try in one World Cup, three Dan Biggar penalties and a Leigh Halfpenny conversion.

For Wales, who were semi-final casualties against France eight years ago when captain Sam Warburton was sent off, it proved an agonising experience.

Their hopes of confirming a first all-northern hemisphere Rugby World Cup final were dashed and they also lost wing George North and prop Tomas Francis to first-half injuries.

Wales now play New Zealand in the third and fourth place play-off.

It will be head coach Warren Gatland's final game at the helm before he steps down after 12 years.

England and South Africa, though, will contest a second final 12 years after the last one that the Springboks narrowly clinched.

Halfpenny was among three changes made by Gatland, replacing ankle-injury victim Liam Williams, while number eight Ross Moriarty took over from Josh Navidi and fit-again centre Jonathan Davies returned for Owen Watkin.

South Africa were without injured wing Cheslin Kolbe, so S'bu Nikosi deputised and Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk made an immediate contribution through a kick and chase into Wales' 22, but North cleared the danger and Wales moved confidently up field.

Both teams readily resorted to tactical kicking, but Wales looked to have a more creative spark about them, with scrum-half Gareth Davies prominent as he marked reaching 50 caps.

The opening 10 minutes, though, were a considerable notch down in terms of pace and intensity on England's semi-final against New Zealand.

South Africa looked to attack off first-phase ball as De Klerk pulled the strings and his half-back partner Pollard kicked the Springboks ahead through a 15th-minute penalty.

But that score was cancelled out three minutes later when Biggar found the target with a wide-angled penalty, only for Wales to concede a scrum penalty in a game dominated by set-pieces, and Pollard stepped up to make it 6-3.

England head coach Eddie Jones and his defence specialist John Mitchell watched from the stands as both sides struggled to find any pattern or rhythm.
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