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South Africa beats England in the Rugby World Cup Semi final, thanks to a late kick

Springboks defeat England 16–15, thanks to a late kick by Handre Pollard, setting up a final matchup with fellow triple champions

World champions South Africa won in the Stade de France, sending England to an agonising defeat and setting up a massive Rugby World Cup final versus New Zealand. Steve Borthwick’s team performed brilliantly and carried out a masterful game plan. Which enabled them to defeat Fiji in the quarterfinals because to Owen Farrell’s outstanding kicking. A substitute fly half With a last-minute penalty kick by Handre Pollard. South Africa managed to overcome a formidable England team to win 16–15. Springboks go to the Rugby World Cup final where they will face fellow triple winners New Zealand.

About Match

RG Snyman’s try put the defending champions ahead 15–6 in the semifinal, but they rallied with a try by Pollard, the replacement, who scored a penalty from nearly on the halfway line to steal victory. The English kicking game kept the champions pinned back in their own half on a soggy Paris night. The Springboks defeated France 29–28, winning by a single point for the second time in a row. This means that the two sporting titans will square off in the championship game for the second time, with South Africa emerging victorious in the tournament’s inaugural year in 1995.

A Tight Game

Captain of the Springboks, Siya Kolisi, acknowledged that at times the match was difficult to watch: “It was ugly today, really ugly, but that’s what champions are made of.” England deserves praise for being written out. They made themselves known. My squad deserves all the credit for persevering through the terrible situation and managing to re-enter the game. They certainly have my admiration, especially the men who were substitute players.

Our discipline was terrible, and England outperformed us in the kicking game. But we demonstrated our abilities and who we are. The All Blacks are playing fantastically, but we also want to express our gratitude to the South Africans who came here and remained with us. Next week will be challenging, but it will also be special, so maybe we can hold on. See below for every response and analysis from a thrilling semifinal.

Best from England

England deserves this. They were dismissed prior to the World Cup, but they got back up and proved who they were. Although they are a formidable team, my side managed to claw our way back into the match. For the majority of Saturday’s game, it appeared that the runners-up from 2019 would make a comeback to the championship game. They kicked relentlessly in the wet and outperformed the Springboks in the air, proving that coach Steve Borthwick had a plan to unsettle the world champions. However, their method was everything but unconventional.

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