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27 October 2019 22:33

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Wales' Josh Adams wipes his face after his team's loss to South Africa in their Rugby World Cup semifinal at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. A fan awaits the start of the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. South Africa's centre Damian De Allende is tackled by Wales' fly-half Dan Biggar (2nd L) during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. Justin Tipuric of Wales takes the lineout ball during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between Wales and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Steven Kitshoff of South Africa helps teammate RG Snyman win a high ball under pressure from Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between Wales and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

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Wales' Ken Owens appears dejected on the bench during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama. Alun Wyn Jones, captain of Wales (R) questions referee Jerome Garces of France (L) with Rg Snyman of South Africa (C) during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between Wales and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Wales fans celebrate as Josh Adams scores his sides first try during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama. Wales' Rhys Patchell, right, and Elliot Dee, center, hold their heads after losing to South Africa during the Rugby World Cup semifinal at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. South Africa's number 8 Duane Vermeulen holds onto the ball during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. South Africa's Vincent Koch, left, and Faf de Klerk celebrate after the Rugby World Cup semifinal at International Yokohama Stadium between Wales and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan. Fans wave at South Africa's players after they won the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. Wales' fly-half Dan Biggar reacts after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. Wales' lock Alun Wyn Jones (3rd L) looks at referee Jerome Garces during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. Wales' lock Alun Wyn Jones (L) and South Africa's lock Franco Mostert fight for the ball in a lineout during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. Damian De Allende of South Africa (L) and Rg Snyman of South Africa celebrate the win during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between Wales and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar of Wales react as they walk off the pitch following the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between Wales and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa, Japan. South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira (R) celebrates with supporters after winning the Rugby World Cup 2019 semi final match between South Africa and Wales at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama City, Japan. South Africa's captain Siya Kolisi (C) celebrates with supporters after winning the Rugby World Cup 2019 semi final match between South Africa and Wales at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama City, Japan. Wales' Leigh Halfpenny (left) is tackled by South Africa's Damian de Allende during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama. South Africa's players celebrate winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. South Africa make it to final after battling past Wales - who suffer yet another narrow loss at crucial stage South Africa remain on course to maintain their record of winning every third Rugby World Cup, after beating Wales 19-16 in the semi-final in Yokohama. They set up a repeat of the 2007 final against England, after wearing down a Welsh side who fell one game short of the big show for the second time in Warren Gatland's reign as coach. This World Cup has had more than its fair share of classic matches. Wales' pool stage win over Australia was an epic, as was the first semi-final between England and New Zealand. But it reached the point, early in the second half, when S'busiso Nkosi and Faf de Klerk shared an animated high-five after a Dan Biggar knock on. He passed the ball as many times as he scored tries in the match. De Klerk was a figure of fun among fans back at home after South Africa's quarter-final win over Japan for the amount of times he opted to kick rather than pass. South Africa lost a lineout against Wales. Their return of four successful lineouts from their five throws against Wales was especially wretched, given that they had won all 57 in the tournament before this game. Between the semi-final losses against France in 2011 and now South Africa, Wales have lost by a combined tally of just four points. "I'm absolutely proud of them," said Gatland, who will coach Wales for the last time against New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Friday. "They have given us 100 per cent, they continue to do so, but South Africa deserved to win tonight."