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RWC Semi-Final 1: NZ vs SA


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, RWC 2015, Springboks on 24 Oct 2015 at 12:00
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This is what World Cup Rugby is all about. Two teams facing each other in hat can only be described as a colossal match-up. It is finally here, Semi-Final 1 is upon us and the Boks have a massive match ahead of them if they are to compete for the elusive spot in the Final.

The build up to this match has been a love affair of compliments and love interest between players and coaches alike, but that is sure to change once these team face off on the field. The Haka will set the tone for what is going to be a massive 80 minutes of hits and aggression.

The New Zealanders go into this match as heavy favourites, and rightly so. But a semi final between two top nations is never a one sided affair, so do not be surprised if this is a very close game at the end. All we can hope for is that the players are allowed to play the game and that no referee call influences the game unfairly.

May the best team win. Go Bokke!

New Zealand: New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian De Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (captain), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Victor Matfield, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Patrick Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2015
Kick-off: 16.00 (15.00 GMT; 17.00 SA time; 04.00 Sunday, October 25 New Zealand time)
Venue: Twickenham, London
Expected weather: Rain expected (3mm), which affects Twickenham as it does not have a closed roof, with a high of 14°C, dropping to 4°C.
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)



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