Wales vs South Africa Live : Wales and South Africa go head to head on Sunday morning in the second semi-final of the Rugby World Cup.
The Welsh are making their third appearance in the last four of the tournament, having previously reached this stage at the 2011 edition where they lost 8-9 to France.
While South Africa comfortably came past Japan in their quarter-final, Warren Gatland’s men were taken to the edge by the French in their meeting in Oita, winning by just one point after Sebastien Vahaamahina was sent off for elbowing Aaron Wainwright.
Wales and South Africa’s last meeting at World Cup came in the 2015 quarter-finals, with the Springboks edging to a 23-19 victory.
Wales are confident centres Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes will both be fit for Sunday’s showdown. Davies missed the quarter-final win over France, while Parkes has been playing with a broken bone in his hand and a shoulder knock.
Wales have played their get-out-of-jail-free card already this tournament; another sloppy start this weekend will see South Africa win at a canter. Warren Gatland’s men will be better, but their stuttering attack will cost them against the best team that they’ve faced in the tournament. Hungry South Africa are hunting for their first final since 2007, too.
You’ve got to take your hat off to France. They were excellent and very unlucky. I definitely went through a lot of emotions today. We didn’t play our best tonight but we showed some great character and we’re looking forward to the semi-final. We’re 160 minutes away from possibly winning the World Cup. If you can’t get excited about that nothing will excite you.
The red card was very significant but that sometimes galvanises teams. I don’t think anyone could complain about it. The right decision was made. It was heat of the moment stuff, he just made an error of judgment.
Rassie Erasmus, speaking after the victory over Japan, said:
We were very nervous at half-time. When we get the opportunities, we must utilise them.
In a game which is 80 minutes, and 40 minutes of ball-in-play, if you have four minutes where you drop your standards, you will get caught out.
I guess we don’t need to improve in specific departments, but rather for 80 minutes of rugby if we want to win the World Cup.
It wasn’t really harsh words, it was more trying to calm the guys down and trying to execute.