Wales needed to get some width on their game and stretch a Springboks outfit seemingly intent on a no-frills approach, despite De Klerk’s verve, but Pollard’s reliable boot then put them six points clear. It was a dismal end to the first-half for Wales, despite Biggar kicking a second penalty, as Francis and North departed the action in rapid succession. Biggar gave Wales just the start they needed to the second period, kicking them level with a third penalty. With the stakes so high, there appeared little chance of the game opening up, and it was 9-9 with 30 minutes left. Tries by De Allende and Adams – both converted – meant the game appeared to be heading towards extra-time. Adams’ score matched the Wales best for one World Cup tournament set by Shane Williams, but South Africa had just enough in the attack to shade an attritional encounter. In the end, it came down to Pollard keeping his nerve as South Africa inched to the final and crestfallen Wales were left to reflect on what might have been.