#RWC2015: Boks ‘slipped into survival mode’ to progress

The Boks beat Wales 23-19 in the quarterfinal, which means they face the All Blacks in the semifinal.

Springboks vs Wales in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal at Twickenham on 17 October 2015. Picture: Rugby World Cup ‏@rugbyworldcup.

LONDON - The Springboks are through to the semifinals of the World Cup following a 23-19 defeat of Wales at the Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

That result sees them into the semifinal of the World Cup, where they play New Zealand next week.

A 75th minute moment of brilliance by Fourie du Preez proved to be the difference.

"I'd like to kiss Fourie, especially after that try," coach Heyneke Meyer said after the game.

Well, get in line coach, as would probably the rest of South Africa, as the Springbok captain masterminded the last-gasp try that saw them book a place in next week's semifinal.

It was a brutal affair, as Wales lifted themselves yet again to play their part in another epic, falling just short… as it ended 23-19.

Meyer was clearly a hugely relieved man at the press conference afterwards, saying that his side slipped into survival mode to progress.

The coach even stopped for fans afterwards, who accosted him with requests for photos, before going singing into London night.

From their perspective, they'll be hoping the All Blacks will be as obliging on the scoreboard next weekend.

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