Strap yourselves in for the second Rugby World Cup semi-final as Wales and South Africa gear up for a gruelling 80-minute slugfest.
20:00 (AEDT), Sun 27th Oct @ International Stadium Yokohama
History: Played 35: South Africa 28 V Wales 6 (1 Draw)
Last meeting: November 24, 2018: Wales 20 d South Africa 11 at Millennium Stadium
Final thoughts: Wales and South Africa square off for the opportunity to face England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
After watching England’s upset of the All Blacks, Wales will fancy their chances of making it an all-British affair in the decider.
But the Springboks have been super-impressive throughout the tournament. They lost a hard-fought opener to New Zealand (23-13), before breezing through the group stage with big wins over Namibia (57-3), Italy (49-3) and Canada (66-7).
South Africa soaked up the pressure and put in another mighty defensive performance to subdue Japan 26-3 in the quarters. Makazole Mapimpi bagged a double – and his strike will be vital with fellow winger Cheslin Kolbe ruled out. The Springboks take an otherwise unchanged XV into this match.
Wales went unbeaten through pool play. They downed Georgia 43-14, held off an Australian comeback in a crucial 29-25 result, and accounted for Fiji (29-17) and Uruguay (35-13) relatively uninspiringly.
Wales rocked by injuries
Wales’ 20-19 quarter-final win was aided by a French red card and required a 74th-minute try from Ross Moriarty. Fullback Liam Williams and No.8 Josh Navidi have been rubbed out by injury. Leigh Halfpenny and Moriarty come into the starting line-up, while Jonathan Davies returns from the casualty ward at centre.
After beating South Africa just once prior to 2014, Wales have won five of the nations last six Tests. Last year Wales carved out a 20-11 victory in Cardiff.
Only two of the last 11 encounters were decided by more than nine points.
Expect another tight tussle. But South Africa’s relentless defence – allowing just three tries in five games – and Wales’ lack of scoring punch should prove the difference.