Cape Town - Australia needed to display all their champion quality in beating South Africa in the semi-finals of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool on Saturday.
World No 1-ranked Australia, who are 11-time winners of the 14 World Cups to date, won 55-53 to progress to the final.
The scores in each quarter read (Australia first): 14-10, 17-13, 12-16 and 12-14.
Australia will face the winner of the second semi-final between hosts England and New Zealand in the final on Sunday, July 21 at 18:00 SA time.
The SA women's team will play the loser of that clash in the battle for the bronze medal on Sunday, July 21 at 15:30 SA time.