South Africa battled into the final of the Rugby World Cup as Handre Pollard’s pinpoint kicking earned a 19-16 victory over Wales in a semi-final of attrition in Yokohama.
With England coach Eddie Jones watching on from the stands following his side’s dominant display against New Zealand, Pollard starred to take the Springboks into their first World Cup final since 2007.
Following an exchange of penalties between Pollard and the equally composed Dan Biggar, a try from Damian de Allende put South Africa in the lead before the hour.
The tournament’s leading try-scorer Josh Adams powered over to pull Wales level soon after but, despite a spell of pressure, Warren Gatland’s side could not craft another opening.
It was Pollard who settled it, punting a long-range penalty through the uprights after a foul at the maul to send South Africa through to their third World Cup final, with England waiting for a rematch of their showdown 12 years ago.
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