Wales vs South Africa

Wales vs South Africa:Will the northern or the southern hemisphere emerge on top from the Rugby World Cup semi-finals? Or will the perfectly set-up semi-finals give us another north vs south encounter in the final?

Holders New Zealand face England in the first semi-final on Saturday, while South Africa take on Wales in the second semi-final on Sunday, with both games being hosted in Yokohama. Wales are the only semi-finalist not to have won the trophy before.

Saturday’s semi-final kicks off at 5pm local time (9am BST, 4am ET), while the second match-up is an hour later in Japan (6pm) and an hour later in the US, but the same time in the UK due to the clock change for the end of British Summer Time.

The Rugby World Cup quarter final weekend threatened to be a classic featuring much-anticipated match-ups but, in the end, only the Wales-France game provided the necessary tension. New Zealand cruised past Ireland, England dominated Australia and South Africa weathered the Japanese storm in the first half to comfortably advance.

WHAT: Wales vs South Africa

WHEN: Sunday 27 October, 6pm local time

WHERE: Yokohama, Japan

TV, UK: ITV

STREAMING, US: NBC Sports Gold

How To Watch the Rugby World Cup semi-finals

WHAT: England vs New Zealand

WHEN: Saturday 26 October, 5pm local time

WHERE: Yokohama, Japan

TV, UK: ITV

STREAMING, US: NBC Sports Gold

The Springboks are much more experienced at the business end of the Rugby World Cup, this being their fifth appearance in a semi-final, winning two of their previous four.

The winners will go on to face England next Saturday after Eddie Jones’ side comprehensively saw off New Zealand in the first semi-final.

This rugby fixture could go either way, or at least that’s the chatter. Wales’ national team has fallen at this hurdle before, and it can’t get complacent and expect an easy go because of an injury on the other side of the pitch. Can the Springboks beat the odds and advance to the Rugby World Cup final, or will the Welsh team get there for the first time? To find out, you’ll want to catch a Wales vs South Africa live stream this weekend.

The big story going into the match-up is South Africa losing fullback Cheslin Kolbe to injury, a loss that even Rassie Erasmus, the Springbok coach, admitted to be to be “a big blow” to his team, when talking with the media earlier this week. S’bu Nkosi is set to fill in, and has the “full confidence” of his coach.

And as for the Wales team? Well, their attack formations have been criticized as ‘stuttering’, which is picking a narrow win for the Springboks — even though betting odds place Wales as the 2:5 favorite. Meanwhile the South African team’s already admitted to being concerned with the Wales team’s kicking and derided its use of filming their practices.

Wales and South Africa have gone about their business quietly in Tokyo this week, avoiding the barbs, cheap shots, claims and counter-claims that have marked the buildup to the other Rugby World Cup semifinal this weekend.

New Zealand vs. England, complete with their global PR and headline-grabbing coaches, is glamour fixture.

It has left Wales vs. the Springboks as something of an afterthought, which is slightly unwarranted given the teams’ form in 2019.

The protagonists in Sunday’s second semifinal in Yokohama have lost just one competitive match between them this year – and that was South Africa’s pool-stage defeat to the All Blacks at this World Cup.

England produced one of their greatest-ever displays to storm into the World Cup final with a 19-7 victory over New Zealand that reduced the reigning champions to a rabble.

From the moment Manu Tuilagi crossed after 97 seconds an extraordinary match beckoned and the final scoreline did little justice to the domination of Eddie Jones’ men, who were superior in every single facet of the game.

New Zealand had won their previous 18 World Cup matches dating back to 2007 but at International Stadium Yokohama they were flattened by a juggernaut led by the unstoppable Maro Itoje.

England will face either South Africa or Wales in next Saturday’s final and having crushed the odds-on favourites to win the Webb Ellis Trophy, they will be expected to repeat their solitary triumph of 2003.

Everywhere across the pitch they won significant battles, Itoje supported by brilliant flankers Tom Curry and Sam Underhill who carried the fight to feared opponents right from the start.

New Zealand’s selection of lock Scott Barrett as an additional line-out jumper at six backfired as they were demolished at the set-piece to the point that Sam Cane, a recognised flanker, was brought on at half-time.

The withdrawal of Barrett was a stark admission by Steve Hansen that his tactics were misjudged but by the time Cane arrived it was too late, the ascendency at the breakdown of Curry and Underhill was complete.

It is hard to recall the All Blacks ever being made to look so ordinary as they searched in vain for the inspiration that would save them from disaster and the fightback never came.

Midway through the first-half Owen Farrell began limping and despite being beckoned for an examination by the team doctor, he battled on and even sprinted out for the second-half.

Having converted Tuilagi’s try, Farrell’s only sacrifice was to give up the kicking duties to fly-half George Ford who proceeded to land four penalties to match his brilliance as ringmaster.

Casting shadows over the win were injuries to wing Jonny May and Kyle Sinckler that place them in doubt for the final at the same venue, while Farrell will surely be looked at closely.

England faced the arrow head formation of the Haka with a V-shape and the act of defiance – led by a pumped-up Joe Marler – was followed by an extraordinary start that saw them cross almost immediately.

England: Daly, Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell, May, Ford, Youngs M. Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Lawes, Curry, Underhill, B. Vunipola.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Cole, Kruis, Wilson, Heinz Slade, Joseph.

New Zealand: B. Barrett, Reece, Goodhue, Liernert-Brown, Bridge, Mo’unga, A. Smith, Moody, Taylor, Laulala, Retallick, Whitelock S. Barrett, Savea, Read.

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