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When South Africa fell to perhaps the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history in Brighton on the first weekend of the 2015 edition of the tournament, against the Cherry Blossoms of Japan, there were many who were ready to write off their chances of even making in out of the Pool stage. However, from that moment on, they have grown stronger through the subsequent fixtures, and on Saturday, they will face Wales at Twickenham Stadium in the first 2015 quarter-final, as the winners of Pool B. The Springboks have posted 19 tries in securing three wins, since the Brighton shock, while conceding just one, which came in a 34-16 defeat of Scotland in Newcastle.
Wales may have escaped the so called "Pool of Death", at the expense of the hosts England. But their form has been somewhat indifferent, and but for a stunning comeback against the hosts, when they came back from 10 points down, having been outplayed for an hour, it would be they, and not England, who would be watching the quarter-finals from the outside.
Wales have managed a total of 11 tries during the Pool stage, but eight of those came in the first match against the part-time players of Uruguay. However, their defence has been extremely tight, making up for the lack of tries of their own. The Welsh line having been crossed just twice in the four Pool matches. With all the injuries that the Wales squad have suffered from just before the tournament started, right through the Pool stages, they would appear to have too tough a task on their hands to withstand a Springbok side that is growing in confidence each time it talks to the field.
Posted: 11th September 2011
On Sunday, September 11th the Rugby World Cup continues with South Africa taking on Wales at Wellington. This match happens at 20:30 local time and 08:30 GMT. South Africa is the defending Rugby World Cup champion, and will begin defending their title with this match against Wales. Historically, they have been a difficult team to beat, and that holds true for Wales as well, with New Zealand taking twenty three out of the last twenty five matches played. Wales was only able to win one time, with the other result being a draw.
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