WALES
No.Name
15Leigh Halfpenny, FB
14George North, W
13Jonathan Davies, C
12Hadleigh Parkes, C
11Josh Adams, W
T
10Dan Biggar, FH
3
9Gareth Davies, SH
1Wyn Jones, P
2Ken Owens, H
3Tomas Francis, P
4Jake Ball, L
5Alun Wyn Jones, L
6Aaron Wainwright, FL
7Justin Tipuric, FL
8Ross Moriarty, N8
Replacements
16Elliot Dee, R
17Rhys Carré, R
18Dillon Lewis, R
19Adam Beard, R
20Aaron Shingler, R
21Tomos Williams, R
22Rhys Patchell, R
23Owen Watkin, R

*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: International Stadium Yokohama
5:00 AM, October 27, 2019

Match Commentary

81'
81'Thanks for your company tonight. It was by no means a great spectacle, a rather horrid viewing experience actually, but Springboks fans in South Africa and around the world won't care one bit. Rassie Erasmus' team is off to the final where they will face England next Saturday night back in Yokohama.
81'It's all over, South Africa are through to the final as Pollard takes the tap and boots the ball into the Yokohama stands. Congratulations, South Africa!
81'What a shove from South Africa as they rumbled over the top of the Welsh pack to win the call from Garces!
81'16-19 End of second half
80'Penalty South Africa!
79'Scrum South Africa. The Boks are so close now as Wales knock the ball on at the lineout. By the time we have the ball in and out of this scrum, the siren will be close to sounding. Wales will need something special to get out of it from here!
77'Faf de Klerk has kicked a heap of ball away tonight, but that might be the best of the lot as he bananas one down the left touchline and gets the ball to dribble into touch.
76'16-19 Penalty goal - Handre Pollard , South Africa
75'It's over! That is a fantastic pressure kick from Pollard and it's the Boks leading 19-16 with four minutes to play!
75'Drop goal-missed
74'Penalty South Africa! Here we go, Pollard will have the chance to regain the lead for South Africa after Wales bring a maul to ground right in front of Garces. Pollard will take the kick from about 30 metres out, seven in from touch.
73'Penalty South Africa! That is great work from Francois Louw who is not long on the field; the back-rower gets on the ball and survives the cleanout to win the reward from Garces. Pollard kicks for touch and finds it 35 metres out from Wales' line.
73'Substitute on - Elliot Dee , Wales
73'Player substituted - Ken Owens , Wales
73'Drop goal-missed
72'Drop goal attempt ... comes up short and wide! Wales managed to string some phases together there but didn't really make any indent on the Boks' defensive line; that meant Patchell was forced deep into the pocket and the Boks were able to get out and pressure him as well.
70'Penalty Wales. Garces pings the Boks for incorrect ruck entry, which allows Wales to kick for touch just outside South Africa's 22. This could be Wales' big opportunity.
69'Player substituted - Aaron Wainwright , Wales
69'Substitute on - Aaron Shingler , Wales
69'Substitute on - Frans Steyn , South Africa
69'Player substituted - Willie Le Roux , South Africa
69'Substitute on - Francois Louw , South Africa
69'Player substituted - Siya Kolisi , South Africa
68'Scrum Wales. If you thought we were in danger of moving on from the box-kick-a-thon, never fear, normal service has resumed! Both teams went to the boot continually just now before Malcolm Marx has the ball ripped from him in contact. The scrum will set about 37 metres out from Wales' line, just as Francois Steyn comes onto field. Drop kick territory, maybe?
66'16-16 Conversion - Leigh Halfpenny , Wales
65'And Halfpenny drills the near-sideline conversion! We're all tied up at 16-all.
65'14-16 Try - Josh Adams , Wales
64'Wales rolled the dice and they have the reward! While they were under pressure at the scrum, Wales were able to clear the ball and draw in de Klerk in the process, and then it was a simple numbers game as Jonathan Davies was able to draw in Nkosi and gift Josh Adams a short run to the line.
64'Try time Wales!
63'Wales call for the scrum just to the left of the sticks. Here we go!
62'Wales string 21 phases together before Garces finally blows a penalty for a ruck infringement. Wales really showed no inclination to spread the ball there, trying desperately to force their way over near the posts. But they couldn't break the Boks' line; de Klerk cleaning up Patchell's grubber before Garces comes back for the penalty.
60'Player substituted - Jake Ball , Wales
60'Substitute on - Adam Beard , Wales
59'Penalty Wales. Dillon Lewis gets over the ball and wins the reward from Garces for holding on. Rhys Patchell kicks for line and Wales will try and rumble over from about seven metres out.
58'Pollard nails the conversion and the Boks are out by seven. Wales won't be able to win it with penalties from here, so Gatland's side must look to play a bit more rugby and keep the ball in hand.
58'Substitute on - Rhys Patchell , Wales
58'Player substituted - Dan Biggar , Wales
58'Substitute on - Franco Mostert , South Africa
58'Player substituted - Lood De Jager , South Africa
58'9-16 Conversion - Handre Pollard , South Africa
57'Damian de Allende may have just broken this game open with a determined run while the Boks were playing under advantage. Pollard had set them on their way with a powerful run close to the ruck, before the Boks move it wide, at long last, and de Allende refuses to be brought down and powers his way over.
57'9-14 Try - Damian de Allende , South Africa
56'Try time South Africa!
55'Substitute on - Rhys Carré , Wales
55'Player substituted - Wyn Jones , Wales
54'Penalty South Africa. That is a strong Boks scrum and they rightly get the reward from Garces. Pollard finds touch about 30 metres out from Wales' line; let's see if the Boks can do anything with this territory.
53'Player substituted - Eben Etzebeth , South Africa
53'Substitute on - RG Snyman , South Africa
52'Damian de Allende grubbers through to deliver the best kick for some time in this kick-a-thon contest, the centre finding touch inside the Boks' 22. Wales are able to clear though and are then awarded a penalty as du Toit carts the ball into contact, but gets isolated and is penalised for holding on.
49'The fumbles continue in Yokohama, but this time's its Wales' Biggar who puts a high ball down. Both teams are showing no signs of straying what are pretty negative game plans; they are waiting for each other to lose it rather than stepping up and taking the game on themselves.
48'Player substituted - Gareth Davies , Wales
48'Substitute on - Tomos Williams , Wales
48'Substitute on - Vincent Koch , South Africa
48'Player substituted - Frans Malherbe , South Africa
48'Player substituted - Mbongeni Mbonambi , South Africa
48'Substitute on - Malcolm Marx , South Africa
48'Substitute on - Steven Kitshoff , South Africa
48'Player substituted - Tendai Mtawarira , South Africa
47'The momentum might just be shifting here as le Roux spills a box-kick straight into touch, repeating de Klerk's effort from only a few minutes earlier!
46'9-9 Penalty goal - Dan Biggar , Wales
45'
45'Biggar nails the penalty and we're all tied up at 9-9!
44'Penalty Wales. Biggar will get the chance to level the scores here after the Boks are penalised for jumping across the lineout. There was a bit of push-and-shove between de Klerk and Davies as well, but big Jake Ball steps in to pull the Boks No. 9 into line.
43'Wow, that's a rare mistake from de Klerk as he spills a Halfpenny clearing kick into touch. The Boks No. 9 just took his eye off the ball and fumbles as a result, giving Wales an attacking lineout inside the Boks' half.
42'Davies ensures the box-kicking duel isn't going anywhere as he fires one high down to Vermuelen, before Pollard finds a bit of space in behind the Welsh and the ball rolls into touch. Vermuelen is down here with ice on his back, the Boks No. 8 fell heavily after taking that high ball.
41'We're back underway in Yokohama Biggar kicks off down to the Springboks. The script follows the same story as the first half as de Klerk immediately goes into the box and clears down to Halfpenny.
41'6-9 End of first half
40'
40'That's halftime in Yokohama as Davies kicks the ball straight into touch from the lineout. The margin is just three points at the break after what was a complete grind of a first half. South Africa have certainly enjoyed the better of the action, but Wales should be buoyed by the fact they are only three points down.
40'Penalty Wales. Garces pings the Boks for going off their feet at the breakdown, allowing Wales to clear their line. The siren sounds for halftime but we'll have the lineout first.
40'Nope, that's the end of North's night as he is replaced Owen Watkin.
40'6-9 Start of second half
40'Substitute on - Owen Watkin , Wales
40'Player substituted - George North , Wales
39'Biggar nails the penalty and the margin is once again just three points. And it appears North will try and get to halftime as well as he hobbles back into position.
39'6-9 Penalty goal - Dan Biggar , Wales
38'The box-kicking duel continues. But Wales find some success this time as Biggar chases through and wins the contest. Wales are awarded a penalty for a tackle without the ball a few phases later; but it's not all good news for Gatland's men as George North hobbles through to chase a kick from Biggar under advantage.
36'Player substituted - Tomas Francis , Wales
36'Substitute on - Dillon Lewis , Wales
35'We've got a stoppage here after a Vermeulen takes off from the restart and thunders into Tomas Francis. The Welsh prop is writhing in pain on the ground before Graces blows a halt to proceedings. Francis looks to have done something to his shoulder or arm and is replaced.
35'3-9 Penalty goal - Handre Pollard , South Africa
34'Pollard drills it and it's South Africa leading 9-3.
33'Penalty South Africa. Pollard will have another chance at three points here as Wales are pinged for a maul infringement. The kick will be take from about eight metres in from the left touchline and about 30 metres out.
32'Lineout South Africa. Again the Boks can't do anything with their territory as Vermeulen drops one in contact. Biggar fails to find a decent clearance however, giving South Africa another chance to attack.
30'Penalty South Africa. The Boks get the decision from Garces as a chasing Halfpenny catches le Roux while the Springboks fullback is in the air. Pollard finds a good touch just outside the Wales 22 here and they would be wise to keep ball in hand a little bit longer. Kicking seems to be their first option every time.
28'South Africa launched an excellent counter attack and only a brilliant cover tackle on de Klerk stops them from scoring you'd think. Lukhanyo Am set the play in motion before, again, the Boks kick possession away as de Allende tries to turn provider for Mapimpi over on the other touchline.
26'Lineout South Africa. Just as the Springboks start to get some momentum, le Roux decides to dribble one in behind and it's easily fielded by Halfpenny who clears. But the ball comes back again via another high ball and Josh Adams is forced to take it, but in doing so flies into touch.
25'This game is certainly not going to be remembered as a classic. We continue to see plenty of box-kicks and high balls from both sides which, on this occasion, ends with a knock-on from Gareth Davies. The Boks will have a scrum from just inside Wales' half about 15 metres in from the right touchline.
23'
22'Scrum Wales. That was a pretty ordinary passage of play from both sides. Dan Biggar, at one point, appeared to freeze as if he was expecting a penalty of Garces to blow his whistle. Wales were able to clear before Makazole Mapimpi almost came through and pinched one of de Klerk's box kicks.
20'Pollard nails the three points and its the Boks back in the lead at 6-3. We might be seeing a few penalty goals here tonight.
20'3-6 Penalty goal - Handre Pollard , South Africa
19'An excellent scrum from the Boks wins a penalty from Garces, but only after South Africa can't do anything under advantage. Pollard was trying to get the ball wide but it slips from his hands and Garces comes back for the penalty.
18'Ross Moriarty has spilled the restart cold here but there is also suggestion of a tackle in the air from Pieter-Steph du Toit. Garces doesn't see anything wrong with the challenge and we'll have a Springboks scrum right on the Welsh 22.
18'3-3 Penalty goal - Dan Biggar , Wales
17'That is a superb kick from Dan Biggar who nails the penalty from the acute angle.
16'Penalty Wales. Warren Gatland's team will have the chance to answer on the scoreboard here with Dan Biggar to line up a shot from wide out on the left-hand side of the field. Wales again found space down Josh Adams' wing before Willie le Roux got his timing wrong at the breakdown and is pinged for offside.
15'Biggar gets us back underway before de Klerk kicks straight into touch. South Africa have no interest in playing any rugby inside their own half. That is abundantly clear.
15'0-3 Penalty goal - Handre Pollard , South Africa
14'Pollard nails it from virtually right in front and South Africa have a 3-0 lead in Yokohama.
13'After yet more wasted time at the scrum, de Klerk at last gets the ball in and out. He goes to Nkosi off his wing straight away before de Klerk tries a cross-kick knowing he was playing under advantage. Garces has pinged Wales for not rolling away here and Handre Pollard will have the first shot at points for the night.
11'Faf de Klerk is really working the box-kick here and Wales make a meal of it this time. The ball comes down between Halfpenny and Adams and they two get it all wrong as Garces blows it up for accidental offside. The Boks will have the feed from about 25m out from Wales'line.
9'Scrum South Africa. Wales work some passes down the left touchline and while they get away with one forward one from Jonathan Davies, a second one from Josh Adams is picked up by the officials.
7'Scrum Wales. We're already seeing plenty of kicking in this one as the Boks go to the air once more. Lood de Jager is chasing through but gets his positioning wrong and can't take the ball despite having a clean catch at it. Wales look to use their advantage but can't do anything with it and Garces comes back for the scrum.
5'Not sure about that play from Wales. They go straight to a midfield Garry Owen and while Halfpenny wins the contest above le Roux, the Springboks are able to win a turnover at the breakdown and clear back to into Wales' half.
4'Penalty Wales. Le Roux is well tackled and skipper Alun-Wyn Jones gets his hands on the ball and wins the call from Garces for holding on. Wales kick to touch and will have a lineout 30 metres out from South Africa's line.
3'The Springboks win the scrum after one reset and de Klerk takes off the down the blindside. The scrum-half chips ahead but Wales get back to clean up, only to be pinned just five metres out from their own line. Davies eventually clears but only as far Pollard who throws a pass straight into Willie le Roux.
1'Frenchman Jerome Garces blows his whistle and were underway in Yokohama as Pollard kicks down to Wales. Gareth Davies throws a box-kick which Duane Vermeulen fields easily and the Pollard throws one up in midfield as well. That is fielded by Leigh Halfpenny but the Springboks hold him up and win the scrum feed.
1'That's the anthems done, we're all set for kick-off!
1'Teams are out on the field in Yokohama. A moment's silence for victims of Typhoon Hagibis is held before we get into the anthems.
1'Some star support behind the Welsh tonight!
1'
1'Wales have been hit hard by injury losing both Josh Navidi and Liam Williams for this match, but they have at least regained star centre Jonathan Davies. The Boks, meanwhile, haven't avoided injury either with flying winger Cheslin Kolbe sidelined. That is a big blow for the Boks with Kolbe one of the most dangerous players in the game in broken field.
1'Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second semifinal between Wales and South Africa in Yokohama. The Springboks are heavy favourites to advance to the final with England, but Wales have shown they can hang on in games even when they might not be playing their best. Stay with us as we bring you all the build-up from Japan where our man Tom Hamilton is on the ground.
1'0-0 Start of first half

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