Wales beaten by South Africa in thrilling World Cup clash

Wales beaten by South Africa in thrilling World Cup clash

Wales beaten by South Africa in thrilling World Cup clash

Twenty-four hours after England demolished the All Blacks to install themselves as the world's No 1-ranked side and favourites for the World Cup, Wales were edged out by South Africa and will face New Zealand in the bronze medal match, a day before the final, in what will be Gatland's last match of his tenure.

"At 16-all it was pretty close and you're sort of dreaming about the three points being the other way but like I said, congratulations to South Africa and I think it will be a great final between England and South Africa".

"You just send my best wishes to Warren to make sure he enjoys the third and fourth place play-off", said Jones.

Jones and Gatland are long-standing sparring partners and the outgoing Wales boss made a pointed remark about England's crushing win against the reigning world champions. It was a tough, physical South Africa team that we played against.

"It will be interesting to see how England are next week".

Meanwhile, Jones said Leicester wing Jonny May was recovering well from the dead leg he suffered in the 45th minute during Saturday's victory.

"For me, it's my last game in charge against the All Blacks".

Fly-half Owen Farrell also picked up a dead leg in the first-half against New Zealand, leaving George Ford to take over the kicking duties. Immeasurably better. Owen is a bit sore but he will be fine. We've got a few others carrying bumps and bruises because it was a tough old game, ' Jones said. "It will be monumental", Gatland told Wales Online, after losing the semifinal to South Africa.

"They gave 100 per cent".

"It's the job of a team to make the country happy and we've made the country happy". "We said to the guys outside the 31 that they need to be ready to go".

"The crowds here generally in the World Cup have been fantastic and I thought our supporters on Saturday night were massively instrumental in helping us get home".

'Their singing and their general support of the team has been outstanding.

"For them, it was about making the final and doing what they needed to do", he said.

England will on Monday be joined at their Tokyo base by Ben Spencer, the Saracens scrum-half who has been summoned as an injury replacement for hamstring-injury victim Willi Heinz.

"It is a great opportunity ahead of him and he has to learn a few new things and Willi and Ben [Youngs] will help him with that".

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