New Zealand 20 – South Africa 18 (fulltime)

What’s happened in the last four weeks and what’s happened in the last four years doesn’t matter. At 4 am (New Zealand time) the All Blacks and the Springboks will start the first Rugby World Cup semifinal exactly the same 0-0.

From there it’s up to the teams. May the best team win.

UPDATE: And the best team has one, just. It could have gone either way right to the end but the All Blacks were good enough to close it out.

A classic semi final match and a classic All Black-Springbok battle.

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  1. Mike C

     /  24th October 2015

    South Africa 23
    New Zealand 19

    There’s my prediction.

    Hope I win the betting pool 🙂

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  2. Jock Strap

     /  24th October 2015

    Sounds like a bit of wishful thinking on your part MC……

    Guess you’re still hoping to collect that buck off your uncle?

    Whilst I would never attempt to predict the final score, suffice to say we’re gonna SHIT IN!! 🙂

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  3. Rob

     /  24th October 2015

    Springboks by a penalty in the last minute

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  4. Pete Kane

     /  24th October 2015

    Predicting a much higher scoring game than most. 41-23 to us. But 3 nil would be acceptable.

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  5. Robby

     /  25th October 2015

    23-20 to us, is there a prize for this Pete??

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    • The prize is bragging rights.

      I’m with Pete Kane on this, any score will do as longs as the AB’s are in front.

      It could be as tight as, like the ’95 final. Or there could be a significant margin, not likely to be as decisive as the semi final and not necessarily in our favour, but rugby games can be unpredictable.

      I think the game will swing on All Black tactics. We know how the Springboks will probably play, tight and trying to force mistakes. So it could come down to All Black accuracy. If they force things too much they could be punished.

      Bryan Habana can swing a game in an instant. A fourteen point intercept try could be enough to make the difference.

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    • Mike C

       /  25th October 2015

      @Robby

      You were very close 🙂

      We should have a pool for the final.

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  6. Half time 12-7 to South Africa.

    The All Blacks are making most of the play and have applied a lot of pressure but the Springboks have soaked it up and have benefited from too many AB mistakes.

    Need a new game plan for the second half. And the ABs need to convert their pressure into points.

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  7. Budgieboy

     /  25th October 2015

    My greatest concern from way back was the referees would decide this tournament, hope it doesn’t prove to be the case.

    Awesome work on defense by SA, I’m hoping that it will be sucking the life out of them and our fitness will see us through.

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  8. Well that was a victory for attacking rugby 2 tries to nil.

    A kick & chase, line out drive looking for penalties to win is a game plan that works but boy its not pretty….. The Boks have all that talent in the backs and rarely use it. Its a great pity but maybe the Bokke will reassess and open it up a bit more post World Cup… Kreil and De Allende are very good centres and deserve a chance to play a higher tempo game

    Great defense from both sides. Richie McCaw is unnatural… his play has gone up a gear in the last 2 weeks…

    NMS found out under the high ball a bit.

    How good was Sam Whitelock – critical, critcal lineout steal…

    That match was a heart stopper..

    Now Vamos Los Pumas!!!

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    • It would be good to see Los Pumas get through but any opponent will do next week.

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      • True Pete… its written up now – DC has a chance for redemption and to over come all the frustations of RWC for him personally since 2003….. can he do it? He was pretty good today..

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        • Mike C

           /  25th October 2015

          @dave1924

          Dan Carter played brilliantly in the quarters too.

          I would almost go as far as to say that his kicking is the best it has ever been 🙂

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          • @MikeC… his goal kicking wasa verage in the pool games, but you’re right he has stepped up in the knock out rounds. He is playing calmly and with assurance. he will be desperate to finish the job next week. Isn’t it great to see senior guys like him, Richie, Jerome, Ma’a and Snakey all desperate to go out on top?!!
            .

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            • Most of the top players have stepped up. Read is the only one that isn’t quite there. Some silly penalties and mucked up behind the scrum.

            • He is not quite right Pete. His concussion was pretty nasty and that can take a lot of time to fully recover from……. He will probably be the stand out in the Final and get MoTM! Its the way things roll soem times : )

  9. Despite AB domination for much of the match our mistakes kept South Africa in the game, and we were just one mistake away from losing.

    But the determination and ability came through in the end.

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  10. Mike C

     /  25th October 2015

    It was a bit of a strange game … with not a lot of action.

    That 10 minute sin-binning could have been the end of us … so that fact that we held it together shows the strength of our side.

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    • I wasn’t a fan of Shag but since he got the Head Coach role he has really mellowed a little and shown a wicked sense of humour… would be an entertaining bloke to have a pint with and a yarn about footie

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      • I agree. He has grown into the job very well. A bit of a hard case but also a deep thinker and obviously has developed a very good rapport with the players.

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  11. Pete Kane

     /  25th October 2015

    My excuse for the exaggerated score prediction was I didn’t know it was raining. Actually I thought we might be too much for them in the last 20 but their (SA) capacity to dig deep is total. Boy that third place game will be a phenomenal test of character. Just pleased it won’t be our character.

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  12. Mike C

     /  25th October 2015

    I am absolutely knackered right now.

    Being awake from 3 o’clock in the morning onwards is not exactly my strong point 🙂

    On the bright side … if I am fast asleep by 8pm tonight … then I’ll definitely be wide awake and refreshed to watch the Argies versus Aussies match tomorrow morning.

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  13. Mike C

     /  25th October 2015

    TV3 News just reported that Richie McCaw may have a complaint lodged against him for an elbowing … which might mean that he won’t get to play in the World Cup Final.

    Personally, I do not think that it looks like an elbowing, and that TV3 are making shit up.

    But who knows what the Rugby Judiciary hierarchy might choose to do 🙂

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  14. traveller

     /  25th October 2015

    I thought my blood pressure would hit the ceiling. Glad to get that one in the bag for sure.

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