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Rugby World Cup 2015

South Africa pass Wales challenge to reach Rugby World Cup semis

Decisive try for South Africa by Preez against Wales in the Rugby World Cup quarter final 2015
Decisive try for South Africa by Preez against Wales in the Rugby World Cup quarter final 2015 REUTERS/Henry Browne
Text by: Andy May
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A try five minutes from time from captain Fourie du Preez hauled the Springboks past Wales 23-19 in a thrilling World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham.

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Wales were in front 19-18 before scrum-half du Preez, persuaded to come out of Test retirement by coach Heyneke Meyer, burst down the blindside off a back of a close-range scrum after a superb pass from No 8 Duane Vermeulen.

Fly-half Handre Pollard scored all of two-time world champions South Africa's other points in the classic battle.

"It was a tough game, they came hard at us," said du Preez.

"We just said to ourselves 'keep pushing, keep pushing'. At one stage I saw some of the guys lying down and I told the guys 'look we have to go and fight now' and the guys produced."
 

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