The Welsh were overpowered by mighty South-African forward, as Spingboks’ captain, scrum – half Fourie du Preez’s try in the 75th minute sealed their 23-19 victory in the Rugby World Cup quarter finals at Twickenham.

 The Boks raced into a 6-0 lead on Saturday night, through two penalties Handre Pollard, but Wales then gave absolutely everything to take gain their 13-12 advantage at the interval. The result was well deserved reward for brave efforts by their forward and the genius of number ten, Dan Biggar; his drop-goal on the whistle put Wales into the lead after he had set up Gareth Davies' try, his fifth of the tournament.

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At this point, Welsh ecstatic supporters, who three weeks ago witnessed the victory over England play in Pool A, were daring to hope. .

 

A frenetic start to the second half saw Bigger nail a long-range penalty that gave Wales a four point lead (16-12), before South Africa’s forward stepped up a level. The mighty Springboks reclaimed the lead when their 21 year-old fly-half Handre Pollard scored a penalty and a drop-goal to nudge his side ahead at 18-16 for the first time in the match, which was vital.

 

The peerless Biggar then put Wales back ahead at 19-18, with his 14th points in the match, but an incisive move from a scrum saw South African number eight Duane Vermeulen feed the 33-year old Du Preez, who penetrated through the blind-side to dive over in the corner and win 23-19 for the Boks; there was no time for Wales to reply- the hopes were gone, as they will lament a catalogue of sloppy penalties, especially in the first half.

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South Africa now face the All Blacks in the last four after the world champions destroyed France 62-13 in Saturday's second quarter-final. Springboks’ Pollard, who kicked five penalties and a drop-goal for his team during this match, and scored 18 points, is the tournament’s leading point-scorer with 64 points.

 

As for Wales, they will go home satisfied with their contribution to this World Cup; they have displayed absorbing performances in this tournament that were full of drama and captivating sport. #Rugby