THE Springboks will face England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final after beating Wales with a score of 19 – 16 in the semi-final in Yokohama.
This year’s final will be a repeat of the 2007 World Cup final, in which South Africa beat England to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time. The victory against Wales puts the Springboks within reach of doing so for a third time since 1995.
After the two teams drew level with three penalties each courtesy of the boots of Handrè Pollard and Dan Biggar, South African centre, Damian de Allende scored the first try at the start of the last quarter of the match to give the Springboks a 16 – 9 lead.
About five minutes later Wales was awarded a penalty on the South African five yard line and opted for a scrum rather than a kick. The bold call paid off when Josh Adams went over in the corner to tie the scores at 16 – 16.
The match-winning moment came four minutes from end of the match when Pollard converted a penalty. Wales conceded a scrum penalty in the dying seconds of the match and South Africa kicked the ball into touch to demolish Welsh dreams of reaching the final.