South Africa set up Rugby World Cup final with England

South Africa set up Rugby World Cup last with England

South Africa mentor Rassie Erasmus cautioned his group they were just "most of the way" there in the wake of edging a "nerve-wracking" semi-last against Wales to set up a World Cup last with England.

A late Handre Pollard punishment gave the Springboks a 19-16 triumph to set up a World Cup last standoff with Eddie Jones' England in Yokohama on Saturday.

"It was nerve-wracking out there," said Erasmus, after the Pollard punishment with just four minutes on the clock sent the double cross bosses through.

South Africa had lost their past four Tests against Wales, and Erasmus conceded that record was at the forefront of his thoughts as the nail-gnawing match reached a crucial stage.

"Losing the past four matches against them. It could have gone their direction once more," he said. "I have such a great amount of regard for Wales and their mentor that I thought those most recent couple of minutes, they may pull it through once more. I think a smidgen of karma (was) on our side."

Inquired as to whether he had recaptured some regard for South African rugby, which was in the doldrums when he dominated, Erasmus stated: "We're in the last of the World Cup. I surmise that is some regard however that is just most of the way there. We'd love to win the World Cup."

He depicted last rivals England as "tasteful" after they destroyed reigning heroes New Zealand 19-7 in the other semi-last on Saturday.

What's more, Erasmus likewise paid tribute to his substitutes and a brutal guarded exertion that keep Wales out as the clock ticked down.

"Those sort of things truly gel a group together and those minutes tally," he said.

Ribs mentor Warren Gatland said the Springboks "had the right to win" after his side neglected to topple South Africa for the third time in a World Cup coordinate.

"We never surrendered and we got ourselves once more into the game. It was a genuine arm-wrestle," said Gatland after the kick-overwhelmed and blunder strewn coordinate.

Be that as it may, Gatland, who is venturing down following 12 years in control, paid tribute to Wales which he said "punches enormously over our weight regarding playing numbers".

"They've given us 100 percent. They keep on doing as such. We got ourselves back in that game this evening. Truly close challenge," said Gatland.

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