- Title: Wales train ahead of rugby semi-final clash with South Africa
- Date: 25th October 2019
- Summary: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) WELSH RUGBY SQUAD PASSING BALL AT TRAINING TEAM TRAINING UNDER LIGHTS ON STADIUM PITCH SQUAD JOGGING VARIOUS OF PLAYERS PRACTISING LINE-OUT THROWS TEAM STRETCHING SQUAD RUNNING ON PITCH
- Embargoed: 8th November 2019 07:32
- Keywords: Japan Rugby World Cup Wales South Africa
- Location: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN
- City: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Rugby Union,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001B2LGL6N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Welsh rugby team trained on a soaked pitch at Yokohama Stadium on Friday (October 25), preparing to face off against the Springboks as underdogs at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday (October 27).
It's little surprise that coach Warren Gatland was bewildered by the long odds placed on the Welsh, who have beaten the Springboks in all of their last four clashes, with the Boks' last win coming in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final.
Most pundits, though, feel the South Africans will be simply too strong in Yokohama, and have greater depth. Gatland said he expects Sunday's showdown to be a very tight game.
Even though Wales have had the upper hand in recent games, the South Africans overall record over Wales is lop-sided with 28 wins, a draw and six defeats. The winner will face either New Zealand or England in the World Cup final on Nov. 2.
(Production: Jill Gralow)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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