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South Africa’s Rugby World Cup players are hoping an “inspirational” groundswell of support back home can help them lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a third time this coming Saturday, after booking their place in the final on Sunday with a nerve-shredding win over Wales.

South Africa edged the Welsh 19-16 in a tense semifinal at International Stadium Yokohama, with Handre Pollard kicking the decisive penalty four minutes from time to send the Springboks into their first final since 2007.

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