Liam Williams Fiery Wales take on resurgent South Africa in rugby semi-final

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Excitement is building ahead of the second World Cup semi-final on Sunday, as the dragons of Wales take on the South African springboks.

South Africa may feel they are close to perfecting an attritional game plan, but Wales have transformed a brick-wall defence into the best form of attack.

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While South Africa’s physicality and pragmatism brought an end to Japan’s effervescent run through the tournament last weekend, Wales made a meal of struggling past a France side reduced to 14 men for half an hour.

But the South Africans will not find it as easy to beat up a Wales side that prides itself on its suffocating defence, and Warren Gatland’s side will probably believe they cannot perform so poorly for two weeks in a row.

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Both sides have lost fine running backs to injury in the shape of South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe and Welsh fullback Liam Williams – only encouraging the suspicion that this might be a forward-dominated game for the rugby purist.

A titanic battle at the set-piece between two gargantuan packs, plenty of kicking all over the park

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