Wales’ World Cup dream led to Yokohama as they made one other painful semi-closing exit after shedding 19-16 to South Africa.
The Springboks will face England in subsequent Saturday’s closing following fly-half Handre Pollard’s match-successful penalty 4 minutes from time.
Pollard kicked 14 factors and centre Pollard kicked 14 factors and centre Damian de Allende scored a strive, with their opponents replying by means of wing Josh Adams’ Wales document-equalling sixth strive in a single World Cup, three Dan Biggar penalties and a Leigh Halfpenny conversion.
For Wales, who had been semi-closing casualties towards France eight years in the past when captain Sam Warburton was despatched off, it proved an agonising expertise.
Their hopes of confirming a primary all-northern hemisphere Rugby World Cup closing had been dashed they usually additionally misplaced wing George North and prop Tomas Francis to first-half accidents.
Wales now play New Zealand within the third and fourth place play-off. It is going to be head coach Warren Gatland’s closing recreation on the helm earlier than he steps down after 12 years.
England and South Africa, although, will contest a second closing 12 years after the final one which the Springboks narrowly clinched.
Halfpenny was amongst three adjustments made by Gatland, changing ankle-damage sufferer Liam Williams, whereas quantity eight Ross Moriarty took over from Josh Navidi and match-once more centre Jonathan Davies returned for Owen Watkin.
South Africa had been with out injured wing Cheslin Kolbe, so S’bu Nikosi deputised and Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk made an instantaneous contribution by means of a kick and chase into Wales’ 22, however North cleared the hazard and Wales moved confidently up discipline.
Each groups readily resorted to tactical kicking, however Wales regarded to have a extra inventive spark about them, with scrum-half Gareth Davies outstanding as he marked reaching 50 caps.
The opening 10 minutes, although, had been a substantial notch down when it comes to tempo and depth on England’s semi-closing towards New Zealand.
South Africa regarded to assault off first-section ball as De Klerk pulled the strings and his half-again accomplice Pollard kicked the Springboks forward by means of a 15th-minute penalty.
However that rating was cancelled out three minutes later when Biggar discovered the goal with a large-angled penalty, just for Wales to concede a scrum penalty in a recreation dominated by set-items, and Pollard stepped as much as make it 6-3.
England head coach Eddie Jones and his defence specialist John Mitchell watched from the stands as either side struggled to search out any sample or rhythm.
There was valuable little ambition both, with boot to ball being the dominant and predictable strategy.
Wales wanted to get some width on their recreation and stretch a Springboks outfit seemingly intent on a no-frills strategy, regardless of De Klerk’s verve, however Pollard’s dependable boot then put them six factors clear.
It was a dismal finish to the primary-half for Wales, regardless of Biggar kicking a second penalty, as Francis and North departed the motion in speedy succession.
Biggar gave Wales simply the beginning they wanted to the second interval, kicking them stage with a 3rd penalty.
With the stakes so excessive, there appeared little likelihood of the sport opening up, and it was 9-9 with 30 minutes left.
Tries by De Allende and Adams – each transformed – meant the sport seemed to be heading in direction of additional-time.
Adams’ rating matched the Wales finest for one World Cup match set by Shane Williams, however South Africa had simply sufficient within the assault to shade an attritional encounter.
Ultimately, in got here all the way down to Pollard maintaining his nerve as South Africa inched to the ultimate and crestfallen Wales had been left to mirror on what might need been.
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