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Summary

  1. Quarter-final result: South Africa 23-19 Wales
  2. Du Preez try, 5 Pollard pens, 1 DG South Africa
  3. Davies try, Biggar con, 3 pens & DG for Wales
  4. Boks will play France or All Blacks in semi-finals
  5. Use audio icon to listen to Radio 5 live coverage
  6. Use live coverage tab for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru commentary

Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Hwyl fawr

South Africa 23-19 Wales

And that is that. Wales, having escaped from the Pool of Death, were unable to banish the Springboks and their World Cup is over. It was a step too far for a broken and bruised squad. 

Now Warren Gatland must cajole his team for a whip-round for the £19.60 needed to cross the Severn Bridge, assuming they're going back over the bridge on coach. 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. But don't despair, there's another quarter-final this evening  - France are preparing for a humdinger with New Zealand and live coverage of that has already begun.

Click here to join my colleague Mike Henson, who will guide you through that Cardiff corker. 

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Time to drown the sorrows?

South Africa 23-19 Wales

TV presenter Gethin Jones sums up how most Welsh fans are probably feeling.

The only thing to do in moments like this.. #rsavwalrwc15 instagram.com/p/88k9SxFymq/

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Habana 'unbelievably proud'

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Bryan Habana did not score the try he needed to become the most prolific try scorer in World Cup history, but he played his part in a nerve-shredding encounter. 

Proper test match rugby that was... Massive respect to @samwarburton_ & his team. Unbelievably proud to be apart of this @Springboks squad🇿🇦

South Africa have the upper hand

South Africa 23-19 Wales

To say South Africa have the upper hand against Wales is perhaps an understatement. Wales have only won two matches against the Boks in the last 100 years. 

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Full points for Biggar and Davies

South Africa 23-19 Wales

As we bring this live commentary to a close, here's one final stat for you of the match. 

Wales’ half-backs - Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar - scored all the points for their side for the third game at this World Cup. 

The last time Wales’ starting half-backs scored all of Wales’ points in a single Test match before this tournament came at the 2011 World Cup against France. Make of that what you will. 

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Praise from an English great

Huge respect 2 Wales 4 truly inspiring RWC journey. Learned a lot from ur example #bproud Congrats SA 4 a great win and good luck in the SF

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If Ireland fail to beat Argentina, then Scotland will be the last home nation in the #RWC2015 who would have thought aye? #bbcrugby

It could become quite grim up north. 

Southern hemisphere sides have, historically, dominated this tournament and seem likely to do so in this one, too. 

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@TRTLawley We lost because SA were better on the day - just.. No disgrace in that, get over it. #bbcrugby

Wales' ill discipline

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Penalties hurt Wales today. They conceded 12 in total (highlighted by the black dots) in key areas of the pitch. 

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Fly-half Handre Pollard took advantage kicking five of them (shown by the white dots) and, in the end, his two misses did not cost his side.

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As a AngloScot I can only say.....Well done South Africa :-) Still fancy NZ myself #bbcrugby

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Wow, another game we shouldn't have lost. There has to be a pattern emerging after 8 years. Why can we not close it out... #wru #bbcrugby

Wales did beat South Africa last November, but they could have beaten Australia last Saturday, they could have beaten South Africa today... 

Major champions impressed

South Africa's two greatest golfers are happy and impressed with their countrymen's performance in London. 

Fantastic game!! Congratulations @Springboks on close victory over Wales in @rugbyworldcup #Bokke

What a GAME!!!! @Springboks #RWC2015 #bokke Trots op julle!!!!

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Wales fans would have been optimistic at half-time with their side leading 13-12. But perhaps a deeper look into history would added a jolt of realism to those optimistic souls. 

The Springboks have trailed at half-time against Wales eight times in Test rugby but gone on to win seven of those games.

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Let's be honest. Wales have been average all tournament and choked when it mattered. Only in QF because England imploded first #bbcrugby

Tom Bennett isn't looking to visit Wales anytime soon, so it seems...

Wales face the media

South Africa 23-19 Wales

BBC commentator Cennydd Davies pictures Wales boss Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton as they speak to the media at Twickenham.

If you didn't know the result, the body language would say it all. 

Sam Warburton "I couldn't have asked more from the guys" @BBCWalesSport @BBCScrumV

Sam Warburton "I couldn't have asked more from the guys" @BBCWalesSport @BBCScrumV

Another close encounter

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Wales' recent history against the southern hemisphere's big cheeses makes for painful reading.

South Africa have now won 17 of their last 18 against Wales, with seven of their last eight victories coming by fewer than 10 points.

If only there was a prize for coming so close on so many occasions. 

Lydiate the top tackler

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Wales' defence stood firm until the final five minutes against a crushing wave of Springbok attacks in the second half. 

Their famous back-row triumvirate were to the fore, hunting in a pack, chopping down South African attacks, and no-one was more heroic in defence than flanker Dan Lydiate who made 21 tackles (missing just one) before being replaced late in the second half.

Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau notched 17 tackles each. The only South African to reach double figures was Schalk Burger with 10.

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All blacks or France watch out for this #gobokke moving train,we are dangerous and we are not letting anyone derail us.#bbcrugby #gobokke

Southern Hemisphere teams too strong?

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@rugbyworldcup and so we see the cream of the Southern Hemisphere teams rising to the top once again #WALvSA #RWC2015 #bbcrugby

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Gutted! Wales did the country proud! An injury depleted team got together and gave everything! #BBCrugby #RWC2015

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Yes my #Bokke! I nearly had lions not kittens. Brave fight by Wales. Phew, we're in the semis! #RSA #RSAvWAL #bbcrugby

Williams 'immensely proud'

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Former Wales international Shane Williams has shown his support to the losing side...

Absolutely gutted for the boys but we couldn't have asked any more from them. Immensely proud! @WelshRugbyUnion

Boks' back-row boss it

South Africa 23-19 Wales

South Africa's back-row were immense. They took the game to Wales, working off the front foot and causing all manner of problems.

We have already looked at Duane Vermeulen's contribution but Schalk Burger should not be overlooked.

He had 26 carries - the highest of any player on the pitch - and also ran an impressive 55m.

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#bbcrugby Wales should hold their heads high. We are proud of you. Injuries & games v Eng, Fiji, Aus and SA - and we were within a whisker

Comeback kings

South Africa 23-19 Wales

COMEBACK KINGS #RSA are only the 9th team to win a #RWC knockout match having trailed at half-time #RSAvWAL
COMEBACK KINGS #RSA are only the 9th team to win a #RWC knockout match having trailed at half-time #RSAvWAL
COMEBACK KINGS #RSA are only the 9th team to win a #RWC knockout match having trailed at half-time #RSAvWAL
COMEBACK KINGS #RSA are only the 9th team to win a #RWC knockout match having trailed at half-time #RSAvWAL

COMEBACK KINGS #RSA are only the 9th team to win a #RWC knockout match having trailed at half-time #RSAvWAL

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Former outside-half Jonathan Davies has his say on Twitter. Wales have performed gallantly in this tournament, but they weren't quite good enough to beat the Southern Hemisphere big guns. 

SA picked there game up in 2nd half. We had our chances to win it. #proud

Vermeulen was key

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South Africa's number eight Duane Vermeulen was crucial to victory.

Not only was he the highest metre-maker in the game - that's normally one of the flyers in the back three - he made 15 carries and produced two off-loads, one of which was the gem that set up Fourie du Preez for the match-winning try.

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If Wales can get this close to the South African team with the amount of injuries imagine a full strength side #bbcrugby

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Will South Africa pull a Spain in the Football WC 2010? lose their first game to relative outsiders and come back to win the final #bbcrugby

South Africa seem to be doing what most great national sides do; start poorly, then recover and get better as the contest goes on. #BBCRugby

Good effort from Wales bit South Africa always seem to prove how good their stamina and determination is. #bbcrugby #RSAvWAL

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Wales are out of this Rugby World Cup. But Warren Gatland's men seem to have won rugby hearts with that performance. 

That was nothing short of a remarkable RWC from Wales - all things considered.

'Superb performance'

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

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That was a superb performance from Wales. Twickenham has not seen many games like it. I don't think Wales could have done any more, they didn't have anything left to give."

The best is impressed

One of the game's greats has his say on a tense encounter. 

Awesome game congratulations Sth Africa wales hold your heads hi you have been amazing #ITSYOURCALL #Priceless #UNSTOPPABLE #TEAMLOMU

South Africa 23-19 Wales

What if Jonathan Davies was playing? What if Scott Williams was fit? What if Rhys Webb could take to the field? Or if Warren Gatland could pick Liam Williams? 

We'll never know if Wales could have beaten South Africa with their first-choice team, but the men who were on the field ran the two-time champions close. 

South Africa have long forgotten about that stunning defeat by Japan, although they'll always be reminded of it. They're into the semi-finals. France or the All Blacks beckon. 

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Wales's defence was brilliant but under pressure you have to make the right decisions. Alex Cuthbert has been found wanting time after time defensively."

South Africa 23-19 Wales

A crestfallen Alun Wyn Jones is on his knees, breathing heavily. The lock can only look to the turf. If he looks up perhaps defeat will become a reality. 

Wales suffer another agonising defeat to a southern hemisphere powerhouse. They will not replicate the feats of 2011 and reach a World Cup semi-final, but their defending in that match was nevertheless extraordinary. 

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'Heartbroken'

South Africa 23-19 Wales

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Statistically South Africa won this hands down but that doesn't paint the whole picture. Wales are heartbroken after the effort they put in. Their defence was immense from start to finish. We mentioned Gareth Davies going off and Dan Biggar going off... Biggar was distraught coming off. He seemed to take a bump. That made a big difference."

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2 - Fourie du Preez has scored his first try for #RSA since Nov 2013, his last two tries have now come against #WAL. Thorn.

Full-time

South Africa 23-19 Wales

The Wales players at full-time
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Wales were leading heading into the last 10 minutes, but games aren't won after 70 minutes, which is a pity if you support Wales. 

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Gutted. #Wales #Cymru out of the #RugbyWorldCup. A game too far with too many injuries. They did their country proud #bbcrugby