England defied all predictions by defeating a timid and clumsy South Africa 16-15 on Saturday 21 October. South Africa woke up in the final 10 minutes and won the World Cup semi-final by one point. smaller.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 21, 2023
In considerable rain, South Africa soon began testing the catching ability of England full-back Freddie Stewart. in 5e The 1.96m defender responded in the 19th minute to get his team off to a strong start in two games, highlighted by two ground errors from fly-half Owen Farrell. Penalty kick.
New Zealander Ben O’Keefe, who refereed the match, experienced a different kind of downpour, with whistles blowing before and during the game. Minutes earlier, the Bronco had resonated at the Stade de France when his face appeared on the big screen. kick off. France were in attendance to watch this semi-final if they had not been eliminated by South Africa in the quarter-finals, so many supporters expressed their displeasure with Ben O’Keefe, accusing him of allowing the Blues to miss out against South Africa at a disadvantage. Springboks.
The referee had no shortage of work to do in the first twenty minutes of the game. Notably, he whistled for several knockdown fouls against South Africa and had to deal with tensions between several players as the two teams battled fiercely. The British were determined and got off to a brilliant start in the match and deprived the South Africans of valuable ammunition.
Flyhalf Pollard returns early
The Springboks’ game was much smoother than last weekend’s game against France, where they conceded the ball in scrums or lost touches due to poorly executed passes from hooker Bongi Mbonambi. The British team showed great diligence, strictly following a restricted game plan based on commitment and kicking.This strategy gave them a 9-3 lead in the 24th inning.e minute.
The situation prompted South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber to switch from No. 30e He opened the scoring, bringing on Hand Pollard in place of Mani Liebock. If the game doesn’t get going, South Africa can rely on Pollard’s strong kicking skills and his accuracy with the stumps. at the age of 35e In the 1st minute, he also scored the first penalty kick. Owen Farrell copied him before half-time and England returned to the dressing room with a six-point lead (12-6).
Despite the many changes made by the South African staff, the look of the semi-finals has not changed since the resumption. Faf de Klerk found his place in the scrum, with Willie Le Roux at full-back. Breakdowns came one after another, especially a rain-related breakdown at the front. The meeting became increasingly unstable, and it was not until the 50th that the public was given the slightest chance to try.e minute.
Only one attempt in this semi-final
South Africans awaken the public with a beautiful scrum in the 51st editione A minute after England came on, Jesse Kriel curled in a fine kick for Willie Le Roux, who failed to equalise. The British were not impressed and used one of their favorite weapons – the throw – to control the ensuing movement. 45 meters from the South African goal, Owen Farrell seized the opportunity and fired a beautiful kick to extend England’s lead (15-6).
Opener Handré Pollard impressed in 68th overe A minute later, a penalty was awarded after a wonderful touch five meters from the England goal line. This time the South African bowled with precision and the Springboks finally got their first goal of the tournament, signing giant Rudolf Snyman. With Pollard’s successful transition, England’s lead was reduced to 2 points (15-13).
The striker’s dominance in the scrum earned the South Africans a valuable penalty in the 77the minutes, on the 50-meter line. Handre Pollard missed the target to give South Africa their first lead of the game (15-16).
— Springboks (@Springboks) October 21, 2023
The reigning world champions Springboks held on to a brief lead as Great Britain launched a late attack. As in 1995, South Africa will face New Zealand on Saturday, October 28. The winner of this match will win their fourth world title.