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The World Reacts After South Africa Dump Wales Out Of Rugby World Cup

The World Reacts After South Africa Dump Wales Out Of Rugby World Cup

It won't go down as a classic. But South Africa won't mind as they prepare over the coming days for England in next weekend's World Cup final.

A Handre Pollard penalty ultimately swung the game in the Rainbow Nation's favour as the Rassie Erasmus' eked out a three-point win, 16-19. Compare to yesterday's game it fell well below the standards expected of a World Cup semi-final, meaning Eddie Jones, present in the stands at the game, will be licking his lips at the prospect of delivering England to a second World Cup title.

The loss will bring back memories of the 2011 semi-final in New Zealand for Warren Gatland, when the Welsh lost their semi-final tie with France by a point, 8-9.

Still the Welsh manager was magnanimous in defeat after the game, paying tribute to the Springboks as well as his own team's efforts.

"I'm absolutely proud of them," said Gatland of his side after his final game in charge.

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We punch massively above our weight in terms of playing numbers we have in Wales. I'm really proud of these guys. They've given us a hundred per cent and they continue to do so.

Next weekend's final takes place in Yokohoma at 9.00am (Irish team), while Wales will meet New Zealand in Tokyo on Friday at the same time.

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