New Zealand vs South Africa Rugby World Cup: Live updates, scores, photos and match report
The All Blacks go into this afternoon's semi final clash as favourites after hammering France last week.
The clash of the two big titans of the Southern Hemisphere will bring an end to the hopes of one team to claim a third World Cup as South Africa and New Zealand clash at Twickenham.
It’s a big game for…
Richie McCaw: The All Black skipper is nearly at the end of his long career and with this semi-final fixture, he reaches yet another landmark. Having become the first man to captain a side for 100 matches, he will become the first man to captain his side for 12 matches in the World Cup.
He now overtakes England duo Martin Johnson and Will Carling, Raphael Ibanez of France, John Smit of South Africa and Wales's Sam Warburton who have all skippered 11 matches.
1/5: This is the proportion of matches South Africa have played against the All Blacks out of their total games with an aggregate points score of 1745 v 1412 in New Zealand's favour. The two sides have played in 90 matches since 1921. Through the years, New Zealand have won 52 of the contests, South Africa 35, with three draws.
South Africa won at the death at Ellis Park? In a thrilling contest, the lead exchanged hands three times, with the Springboks leading the way for most of the game. Tries by Ben Smith and Dan Cole in the second half gave a two point lead to the Kiwi’s with 14 minutes left to go, until Liam Messam failed to use his arms in the tackle.
South Africa 20 (le Roux, Kriel) - New Zealand 27 (Smith, Coles, McCaw) Rugby Championship July 2015.
South Africa 27 (Hougaard, Pollard (2)) - New Zealand 25 (Fekitoa, Smith, Coles) Rugby Championship October 2014.
New Zealand 14 (McCaw) - South Africa 10 (Hendricks) Rugby Championship September 2014.
Road to the semi-final…
South Africa: LWWWW
New Zealand: WWWWW
Kick-off: 16.00 Saturday 24th October.
TV: Live on ITV, highlights on ITV.
South Africa: Willie le Roux; JP Pietersen, Jesse Kriel, Damian De Allende, Bryan Habana; Handre Pollard, Fourie du Preez (captain); Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Francois Louw; Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Jannie du Plessis, Victor Matfield, Willem Alberts, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan Serfontein.
New Zealand: Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read; Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ben Smith.
Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.
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