That 2018 match the Baby Boks lost by an agonising single point (21-20), ending their hopes of winning only their second tournament title.
And now the team have a chance to progress to the final of the 2019 edition and claim South Africa’s first trophy since 2012. A lot of the current players, of course, weren’t there personally when England celebrated after the one-point victory, but that score alone emphasises the importance of converting your chances. And they get the message.
Vice-captain Rikus Pretorius did play in the tournament in France last year, and said the current crop of players are completely switched on ahead of the challenge: "The guys are very excited. There has been a big emphasis on good recovery to ensure that we are ready for France, especially after having played three matches already, and everyone is really looking forward to the game.
“We may have progressed to the semi-final, but we still have to win two more games if we want to lift the trophy, so we are very focused on the task at hand.