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South Africa - New Zealand
World Cup - 24 October 2015
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And that’s it! New Zealand reach a fourth World Cup final in a tense affair. That’s what champions are made of and credit to South Africa.
Huge All Blacks shove and South Africa somehow have to go the length of the field to win this…
Sonny Bill almost through but Cane knocks on after a good tackle and South Africa have one last chance.
Carter hanging back. Does he fancy another drop goal? New Zealand keeping the ball.
Chants of ‘All Blacks’ ringing around Twickenham but the support has been evenly balanced here. Tough that there has to be a loser.
New Zealand intent to hold on and run down the clock. They win the scrum to applause from Aaron Smith.
Possession and territory absolutely crucial. A penalty or drop goal could win this for South Africa. They’ve done it before!
South Africa defending as though their loves depend on it and they clear downfield.
Whitelock soars high to steal the lineout and that could be absolutely vital.
A good drive from South Africa but it’s lost forward and New Zealand clear through Smith. Tense, tense, tense!
Cane loses the ball and South Africa hack on down the field and now the pressure really on New Zealand!
Ben Franks on for Joe Moody for New Zealand. The next score could be absolutely vital.
No mistake and it’s South Africa 18-20 New Zealand. Really tense stuff now.
Just what South Africa needed and Lambie can close the gap…
Sam Cane and Kevin Mealamu preparing to come on for New Zealand. Kaino and Coles off. Read penalised from in at the side.
Pat Lambie comes on for Handre Pollard. Looks like an injury substitution.
Looks like Etzebeth in a little trouble. He’s fighting through the pain barrier.
Alberts on for Burger for South Africa.
Matfield being investigated for a neck grab and the penalty is reversed. So unnecessary.
Penalty advantage to South Africa as Habana comes back on. This match is far from over yet.
Quick feet from Pollard as the Boks make their way up to the NZ 22. Good spell.
Jannie du Plessis and Victor Matfield come on to try to steady the ship for South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA 15-20 NEW ZEALAND: Carter slots it through and he has now scored more points in a World Cup than Grant Fox.
Etzebeth concedes an immediate penalty back for sealing off and Carter can extend the lead once more.
No mistake from Pollard and it’s South Africa 15-17 New Zealand
Penalty South Africa after a big scrum. Good response. Should be an easy kick for Pollard.
Here's that try.
The attendance for today’s match is 80,090.
Sonny Bill Williams on for Nonu and Charlie Faumuina also on for New Zealand and Strauss on for Du Plessis for South Africa.
A lovely kick from Carter and it’s South Africa 12-17 New Zealand
TRY NEW ZEALAND! Simple stuff as the Boks defence is sucked in and it’s spread wide left. Nonu feeds Barrett and the sub scores in the corner. Also a yellow card for Bryan Habana.
Nono barrelling through the middle and New Zealand really menacing now.
Milner-Skudder is off for Beauden Barrett. Not sure if that’s tactical or an injury after that tap from Habana. Probably tactical.
Kaino is back and NZ back to 15 men.
South Africa really don’t want to kick it back to Savea and Milner-Skudder too often. New Zealand have a penalty for a push from Habana.
New Zealand ramping up the momentum now as Milner-Skudder breaks a couple of tackles. Game on.
DROP GOAL! A moment of inspiration from Dan Carter and that pulls New Zealand back to 12-10. It was a knock-on advantage anyway.
A good kick from Milner-Skudder into the corner but New Zealand had numbers and didn’t trust themselves as they have done.
This match still very much in the balance and South Africa really have saved their best for this semi-final. Du Preez clears.
A big early shove from South Africa and they wheel the scrum and force the turnover. Great stuff.
Good early ball from New Zealand but the Boks resolute as ever in defence. Le Roux with a mistake in the air and New Zealand have a scrum.
Back underway here at Twickenham and although New Zealand don’t exactly have it all to do, the pressure is really on. They trailed Argentina at the break in their group opener too. The rain coming down stronger now.
New Zealand have already conceded nine penalties and that’s their match average. The clock ticks over and it’s half time!
A great penalty from Pollard under pressure and it’s South Africa 12-7 New Zealand
Another New Zealand handling error as Carter knocks on. Penalty SA as Kaino caught offside. And he's into the bin! What’s going on?
And yet another penalty goes against Owen Franks. New Zealand getting bossed at the breakdown.
Francois Louw is back on the pitch as New Zealand steal the lineout. But more great work from the Boks at the breakdown and they win it back.
Moody penalised for a neck grab on Vermeulen and the penalty is reversed. Really sloppy again from the All Blacks.
Interception from JP Pietersen and he would have been under the posts but New Zealand knew they had a penalty coming.
Carter just hasn’t looked reliable in his kicking this tournament. One more kick and he’d be up to 100 points at Twickenham. The first for an overseas player. They have another penalty coming…
Dan Carter’s penalty comes back off the post and South Africa clear!
New Zealand with an advantage. They have a penalty coming as Nonu bursts through. Garces pulls play back for the offside.
Alberts comes on to replace Louw for a blood replacement.
Nonu kicks for Milner-Skudder into the corner but it rolls out. Running out of options a bit.
South Africa have the best tackle success rate at this tournament so far, completing 91% of their tackles.
And another penalty conceded by New Zealand and their clear out at the breakdown just isn’t good enough.
Another turnover for South Africa and New Zealand look a little rattled at the moment. Pressure.
Both sides working hard at the breakdown. Physical is one word for it. Carter kicks for the corner but again that’s possession gone.
Another box kick but the wrong option from Smith and easy for Pietersen. Kicking the ball away too much and they didn’t do that against France.
New Zealand concede another penalty. Already half a dozen. Not going their way.
SOUTH AFRICA 9-7 NEW ZEALAND: No mistake from Pollard.
Another wonderful take from Habana puts the Boks on the charge and they win another penalty. Well, well. Pollard to put them ahead...
Hard to believe that this side lost to Japan. But this is a World Cup semi-final.
Good kick from Carter into the corner to deal with the Boks blitz defence but the ABs penalised for tackling in the air.
Wonderful catch from Savea, who is chasing a try record of his own. New Zealand shift the ball quickly but the Boks defence holds firm.
A chip through by Carter is meant for Coles but he goes into touch. A bit of a waste of possession and territory there.
Great work at the breakdown by NZ and South Africa forced to hold on. Penalty to the ABs.
A great catch from Habana again puts South Africa on the front foot. Boks really competing well.
Another good take from Le Roux under pressure and Read penalised for a dangerous tackle.
Pollard makes no mistake and it’s South Africa 6-7 New Zealand.
McCaw caught offside so South Africa have a penalty to get back to within a point.
It was a missed tackle from De Jager on Kaino but Habana came off his wing too early and will be disappointed with that.
Carter adds the extras and it’s South Africa 3-7 New Zealand.
It’s a retaken conversion as Habana sprints up to Carter before he moved himself.
TRY NEW ZEALAND! It’s shipped to Kaino on the wing and he brushes off a tackle before going over in the corner.
The All Blacks edge to the Boks 22 but a great take from Le Roux from Carter’s up and under and they win the penalty.
Great start for the Boks, showing real intent. They must keep this up though as Kaino flies through with a big tackle. Pollard clears to touch.
Penalty to South Africa for New Zealand offside. Early chance for Pollard then. He makes no mistake and South Africa lead 3-0
The ball lost off a South African hand from Pollard’s kick-off and Smith clears. Back come the Boks, up to the All Blacks 22 after a great break from Kriel. A mistake from Carter, straight into touch.
Kick off! Jerome Garces blows the whistle to get us underway here and you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. Massive opening 20 minutes in store, especially for the Boks to gain a foothold.
5 MINUTES TO KICK OFF! The teams are ready in the tunnel to come out to their national anthems. Then it will be the Haka and kick-off. The atmosphere is electric.
TEN MINUTES TO KICK-OFF: New Zealand are playing in their seventh World Cup semi-final; no side has reached the last four on as many occasions.
South Africa winger Bryan Habana is tied with All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu with15 tournament tries and will claim the record if he crosses the line today. New Zealand winger Julian Savea is chasing a record of his own, also held by Lomu. He has eight tries this year - level with the mark set by Lomu in 1999 and Habana in 2007.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: New Zealand 52 wins. South Africa 35 wins. 3 draws.
New Zealand have a 58% winning record against the Springboks and that is unsurprisingly their lowest success rate against any side. Richie McCaw has an 89% winning record as All Blacks captain.
Steve Hansen: "He (Meyer) has been praising us all week and, whilst I know he means some of it, I know they are getting ready to rip our heads off. We need to be in that same state. If we get caught up in all that and lapping up all the praise we won't be in the right mental state to play. I don't think we have played our best rugby. If we don't turn up with our 'A' game, we're not going to have a chance. We need our 'A' game and a little bit more."
New Zealand are looking to win a record 13th consecutive match at the World Cup but South Africa hold a winning record against them in the tournament, having won two out of their three encounters. The Boks famously won the tournament in 1995 as Nelson Mandela watched on, before a more low-key victory in the third-place play-off in Wales in 1999. Most recently, New Zealand won 29-9 in the 2003 quarter-finals before losing to Australia in the semi-fiinal.
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer (via BBC Sport): "Just look at their record in the last four years. Usually after the World Cup there's a decline in performance but they just got better, which just doesn't happen in world rugby. For South Africa it's probably the biggest test ever, playing the All Blacks at their best."
The All Blacks go into today’s match having won 47 and lost only three of their past 52 Tests.
The mighty All Blacks have been on sensational form en route to the semi-final, culminating in a 62-13 demolition of France in last weekend’s Cardiff quarter-final. They go in as favourites but will underestimate the passion of the Springboks at their peril.
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