South Africa’ Springboks cracked Wales 23-19 in an enthralling quarter finals of the ongoing Rugby World Cup in London to book a date with defending champions New Zealand in the semi-final.
Wales were in control with 10 minutes to time but succumbed to a last-minute try from Fourie du Preez who delivered a master-class performance in the 75th minute before tearing apart Wales’ defense-line to pilot South Africa to the last four.
Meanwhile, reigning champions New Zealand (All Blacks) blew away luckless France 63-13 in a one decided clash to remain on course for a second title in succession.
France went to the clash buoyed with their 1998 and 2007 World Cup quarter finals upsets over New Zealand hoping to emulate the same only for the All Blacks to pull a shocker.
Four first-half touchdowns and five more after the interval were enough for the defending champions to record a convincing 62-13 win that left France to lament a display littered with errors and inaccuracy.
New Zealand’s title defense will come to test when they takes on high flying South Africa’s Springboks in the semis.
In the other Sunday quarter finals Argentina walloped Ireland 43-20 to set a date with Australia after the later was scared by Scotland before escaping with narrow victory 35-34 at London’s Twickenham stadium.
The BBC Sport reported that “Scotland suffered a devastating loss as Australia won a thrilling quarter-final with a controversial late penalty”.