Liam Williams Little to choose between Springboks and Wales in second semi

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TOKYO: With South Africa feeling they are close to perfecting their attritional game-plan and Wales having long ago decided that defence can be the best form of attack, Sunday’s second World Cup semi-final will probably not bring many surprises.

While Springbok 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.

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

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

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