One for the purists. Box kicking purists.


The amount of kicking and the lack of passing has been a feature of the first half of the Rugby World Cup semi-final between Wales and South Africa.

The ball had been kicked 19 times by the 25th minute, with the Springboks having passed the ball just three times by the 26th minute mark.

It wasn’t lost on Twitter, where many were complaining about the lack of attacking play in what was a cagey first 40 minutes.

This is what was being said:

Wales have won each of their past four test encounters with South Africa, after winning only two of their first 31 against them.


South Africa’s last victory over Wales came in the quarter-finals at RWC 2015. The Boks won the game on a 75th-minute Fourie du Preez try.

South Africa won each of the previous two World Cup meetings between these countries, 17-16 in the pool phase at RWC 2015 and 23-19 in the RWC 2015 quarter-finals. THe Boks and New Zealand are the only World Cup opponents Wales have only lost against.

Rassie Erasmus’ side can make Wales the second World Cup opponents they have faced at least three times, while winning each time.

RugbyPass spoke to Welsh and South African fans ahead of the massive semi-final clash in the Rugby World Cup

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