2019 Rugby World Cup – Wales vs South Africa Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Wales vs South Africa taking place? Sunday 27th October, 2019 – 09:00 (UK)’

Where is Wales vs South Africa taking place? Nissan Stadium, Yokohama

What is the expected weather for Wales vs South Africa? 17c with some showers expected

What television channel is Wales vs South Africa on? This match will be televised live on ITV and this schedule should tell you which channel it is on

Where can I stream Wales vs South Africa? This match can be streamed via the ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for Wales vs South Africa? https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

What was the score in the last meeting between Wales and South Africa? Wales 20-11 South Africa

THE TEAM NEWS

WALES

  • Wales put in an underwhelming performance but took advantage of France going down to 14 men early in the second half as they were able to snatch the victory late in the game and progress to their third RWC semi-final.
  • Jonathan Davies could return at centre for this semi-final clash after he missed out against France because of a knee issue and if he is fit enough to return, he will come back into the team in place of Owen Watkin who was his replacement in the #13 shirt.
  • The Welsh have been dealt a huge blow with confirmation that back-rower Josh Navidi is out for the rest of the tournament with the hamstring issue that ended his game prematurely against the French, with head coach Warren Gatland set to call up a back as his replacement.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa managed to repel wave after wave of Japanese attacks to keep the hosts at bay before running out comfortable winners to advance to their second consecutive semi-final and will hope that can lead to a first final since 2007 when they were crowned champions.
  • Tendai Mtawarira was perhaps fortunate to escape with just a yellow card for a tip tackle against Japan and the Springboks prop looks set to avoid a ban which will be a big relief for his side.
  • Makazole Mapimpi showed off his strength and speed against Japan as he crossed for two tries and he will be the Springboks’ key man in this game with his running game a huge threat if they can give him early ball.

THE PREDICTION

Wales will have to be much better if they are to reach their first ever RWC final as they face South Africa. The Welsh were poor for large spells against France and looked to be heading out of the tournament until Sebastien Vahaamahina’s moment of madness saw the French reduced to 14-men. The Springboks are unlikely to give as much away as France and if the Welsh get off to another poor start like they did in their quarter-final, they are unlikely to have enough in the locker to come back with South Africa able to progress to the final.

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