Liam Williams PLAYER RATINGS: South Africa’s physicality nullify faltering Wales in Rugby World Cup semi-final

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South Africa edged a battling Wales in a tight Rugby World Cup semi-final on Sunday to book their spot in the tournament decider. 

The Springboks will face England on Saturday, after putting the Welsh under siege in the second half but not managing to pull away from Warren Gatland’s determined side. 

Here,Sportsmailrates each Wales and South Africa player out of 10 for their performance in the semi-final…

Wales took on South Africa in Yokohoma on Sunday in a tight Rugby World Cup semi-final 

The Springboks booked their place in the final to face high-flying England next Saturday 

England coach Eddie Jones watched on from the sidelines, scouting his opponents for the final

South Africa

Willie Le Roux 6(Steyn 69, 6.5)

Targeted by Biggar’s trademark high balls and struggled under chase from Halfpenny and Adams.

S’Busiso Nkosi 6

Bit-in in defence to leave space for Adams’ try. Slippery runner but opportunities were few and far between.

 S’Busiso Nkosi saw few opportunities to run in a slow game in Sunday morning’s semi-final

Lukhanyo Am 6

Popped dislocated finger back in place after five minutes and was barely called upon in attack as Boks went through the forwards.

Damian de Allende 8

One of the most improved players in the world. Powered through three defenders to score breakthrough try. Dominant tackles.

The southern hemisphere side were the first to score a try, with Damian de Allende going over

Makazole Mapimpi 6.5

Did his best to chase De Klerk’s cross-field kicks but otherwise had to feed of scraps of ball out wide.

Handre Pollard 7.5

Held his nerve to kick five from five. Unforced errors meant he struggled to set free speedsters out wide.

Faf De Klerk 7.5

Pinned Welsh back with constant kicking and harried attackers with his high energy chasing. Dropped an easy ball into touch.

Tendai Mtawarira 6 (Kitschoff 48, 6.5)

No chants of ‘Beast!’ as he did not touch the ba

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