Pollard sent South Africa to the final, with a penalty kick that exceeded 50 meters passed in the 78th minute, which was the final blow for the Boks, who won the cold reality contest. By replacing the 31st-minute opener by Manny Lebouk, a more playful but shaky scorer, with the more reliable and experienced Handry Pollard, the South African side were well inspired. A strong tactical choice, dictated by their helplessness against a solid English defence, and the rain in Saint-Denis encouraging restricted play. At the end of the boring first half, the confrontation turned in favor of England, which led 12-6 thanks to four penalty kicks scored by Owen Farrell, who added a wonderful goal in the 56th minute. The vengeful Rose XV could have begun to dream, but the South African revolution broke out. And it was embodied in the second row by Rudolf Snyman, who scored a furious attempt in the 69th minute, before the final penalty kick turned this closed match upside down. New Zealand is waiting for South Africa. On Friday evening, Argentina fought back valiantly against the black tide, but the illusion of a great result heading into half-time was quickly dashed. In just over ten minutes, Argentina conceded three tries, and with a score of 34-6, their fate was sealed. In anticipation of the final, the New Zealanders introduced their substitutes early, adding two tries to win 44-6, without forcing their talent. The All Blacks were unmanageable in defence, dominating in all sectors, with their wingers, Mark Tilia, turning, and Will Jordan, making a splash with a hat-trick that took their total tries scored to eight in a World Cup, an equaling record. He will be able to try to beat him in the final on Saturday (9pm, at Stade de France). The fifth in New Zealand’s history, and the third in four editions: with the 2011 and 2015 titles, the New Zealanders stumbled in 2019 in the semi-finals with defeat against England. The South African national team also achieved three victories (1995, 2007 and 2019) and will compete with them for the absolute record in the competition.
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