It was yesterday
South Africa Wales (19-16). The second semi-final was certainly not as exciting as the day before, but the Springboks do not care: they reach their third world final where they will return to England, as in 2007 (15-6 win).
The meeting, bitter and hung, first turned to a duel of scorers, before two tries come out the match of his torpor: first that of the South African Damian de Allende (57e), then the replica of Josh Adams (65e), now only the best scorer of the competition, with 6 tries. But the Welsh, on a par, ended up cracking on a new penalty from Hallard (76).e), tearing their hopes for the first world finals.
The South Africans have an appointment, Saturday, November 2, with the English at 10 o'clock French Yokohama, while the Welsh will find the All Blacks Friday at the same time in Tokyo.
It is again a long tunnel without match, the time that the bodies of the players recover and that the heads prepare the final confrontations. Four dodos before the small final for third place, Friday, and five before the real final. In the meantime, we can console ourselves with the Tennis Open Bercy, whose main draw begins today. And try to get excited about the Gilles Simon-Denis Shapovalov match at 10 o'clock.
The Welsh advanced on Sunday, only 189 meters with the ball during the entire semifinal. This is particularly rare: the only time this distance had been lower in World Cup for Wales goes back to the first edition, in 1987. It was against New Zealand and already at the same stage. The Welsh had then taken the water 49-6.
South Africa did a little better, with 283 meters in balloon carried. In comparison, England reached 403 meters in its semifinal and the All Blacks … 639.
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As the number of players in the Top 14 who should be present in the final of the World Cup. All are on the South African side. Montpellier is the club most represented with the veteran François Steyn, the only one of his team to have known the final of 2007, and the half of opening-scorer Handré Pollard. Toulon with Eben Etzebeth and Toulouse with Cheslin Kolbe, absent from the semi-final due to injury, are the other two clubs.
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It is said
"I do not think the final will be won with a very ambitious game plan and great tests. "
The South African coach, Rassie Erasmus, has already warned and played the rabat-joy: do not expect a rugby runaway next Saturday. "We are going to face a high-class England team in the final, but we are here. We have a chance and we can seize it »assured the coach in a semi-final press conference, while emphasizing: "We do not have as much financial means as England, which has a great system and many more coaches available". The team that will impose its way of playing will have taken a big step towards the Webb Ellis Trophy on Saturday.
It's the absent
Participate in all the competition to finally leave before the final: the misfortune of the English scrum-half Willi Heinz (32 years, 9 selections), Ben Youngs lining. Injured in the thigh when it came into play against the Blacks, he is replaced by a week by Ben Spencer.
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It's not digested
The return of the New Zealand players may be complicated, even with a bronze medal around their neck. If rugby loses some ground, even in this country, it is nonetheless an institution and the defeat of Saturday a trauma. The "one" of the Herald on Sunday, all black, illustrates it well. With only sentences: The Blacks are eliminated from the World Cup. If you want to read more, go to the sports pages. "
This is a dream
And if France had not been eliminated by the Welsh, would it have had its chances against South Africa? Yes, according to the humorous account "Boucherie Ovalie", who set sail for "Terre 2" to follow live the semifinal where France is. And the game had a lot of suspense: despite a good start (12-3, two tries scored), the Twitter account has decided to make the suspense last with more than twenty additional minutes of play after the siren. Honor is safe, the French have won. And will face in the final the Georgians, English half-time. A dream, certainly.
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It's another world
Far from the World Cup and its decisive posters, Sunday was also a day of the "Rugby Europe International Championship", which brings together all the European nations not participating in the Six Nations Tournament. The 34 teams are divided into 5 divisions, of which the first "Championship" is played at the same time as the Tournament. But the second division "Trophy", opened yesterday with the victory of the Ukrainian promoted to Lithuania 27-10 (4 tries to 1). For those really lacking rugby, the entire match, played in front of empty stands, is available right here. It is even possible to watch matches of the division "North 2" (only four teams evolve in the lower division, the lowest) with a very tight Latvia-Sweden, concluded yesterday by the victory of the visitors, 26-22 .
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