Both teams were neck and neck until the 76th minute, during which Pollard gave the advantage to his team with a fourth penalty.
Twelve years later, South Africa will return to England for a duel at the top. The Springboks clinched their ticket to the Rugby World Cup final on Sunday (October 27th), defeating Wales in a hot game (19-16). Both teams were neck and neck until the 76th minute, when Pollard gave the advantage to his team with a fourth penalty.
Pollard scored 14 of his team's nineteen points, with Damian De Allende's sole try (57th minute), while winger Josh Adams scored the only Welsh test (65th). “It was really a scary match, we had lost our last four games against them, and the game could have turned out for them, I respect them so much, as well as their coach, I think we were a bit lucky.”, launched the South African coach Rassie Erasmus after the match.
This semi-final marks the end of the adventure for New Zealand's coach Warren Gatland. He dreamed of hoisting his team in the final before leaving the post he has held since 2008. The XV Leek had already let slip this opportunity in 1987, against the All Blacks, and in 2011, against France. “We are losing bit but maybe we will have another opportunity (to arrive in the final). It was not our day, but I'm always proud to put on this jersey and represent all the people who wear red in this stadium “said Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones, on the brink of tears, at the final whistle.
The Red Devils will face New Zealanders in the match for 3rd place at the World Cup on Friday, Nov. 1. The next day,South Africa will attempt to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the third time in its history, beating the XV of the Rose at Yokohama. The English will try to win their second title of world champions.