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Boks v NZ in RWC semis?

2012-12-03 19:08

Cape Town - The Springboks could come up against their arch-rivals, New Zealand, at the semi-final stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Monday's draw in London saw coach Heyneke Meyer's men drawn in a relatively easy pool - where they will come up against Samoa and Scotland plus two qualifying teams from Asia and the Americas.

However, while the South Africans should emerge unscathed from Pool B, they will face tough hurdles to get to the showpiece match on October 31.

South Africa - provided they win Pool B - will face either Australia, England or Wales in the quarter-finals after those three countries were drawn together in Pool A's so-called "pool of death".

Should the No 2-ranked Springboks reach the semi-final stage, they are likely to face defending champions and current world No 1s, the All Blacks, who were drawn in Pool C alongside Argentina and Tonga.

The All Blacks are likely to face France, Ireland or Italy in the quarter-finals.

The eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup will run from September 18 to October 31, 2015, with the final to be played at Twickenham.

Full draw:

Pool A - Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, Repechage winner

Pool B - South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Asia 1, Americas 2

Pool C - New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1

Pool D - France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2

Quarter-finals:

QF1: Winner of Pool B v Runner-up Pool A

QF2: Winner of Pool C v runner-up Pool D

QF3: Winner of Pool A v Runner-up Pool B

QF4: Winner of Pool D v runner-up C

Semi-finals:

SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

SF2: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

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Comments
  • jako.merwe - 2012-12-03 19:34

    This is bs. Why is it rigged in a way that we get the all blacks in the semi? The two top ranked teams should be able to meet in the final. Damn rfu!

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-12-03 19:36

    sux man, should be the final. but will be happy with an sa-eng final again, with them being hosts. but such a long way to go, 3 whole years!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-03 19:54

      i thought we are going nowhere with heyneke meyer. now we in a final with england? make up your mind please whiners.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-03 22:37

      We are going places with Meyer only because he slowly started to ditch his one-dimensional gameplan and started to listen what everybody else was screaming for him to do which was to drop out of form Morne Steyn,pick inform players instead and stop that kick and chase/up and under garbage rugby from the 1970's.Only then did the Boks improve but it's not all done and dusted as old habits die hard and Meyer is not fond of trying something new but to stick with what he knows when coaching at club level.It bit him in his @rse when teams figured the Boks out and matched them upfront.Meyer openly admitted that he made mistakes in the RC and then when he started to rectify that,only then did we go out and beat Australia at Loftus.So don't think he suddenly can't put a foot wrong,because he has ****ed it up earlier in the RC.Meyer is still very much a reactive coach rather than a pro-active one and that's where it all went so horribly wrong during the Rugby Championship.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-03 23:07

      Club level : Pretoria police Provincial level : blue bulls Franchise super rugby level : bulls Fyp sean

      viva.lebok - 2012-12-04 10:51

      @sean: HM is actually a vert proactive coach. Everyone is raving about the England vs ABs game of the weekend and saying it was the best game ever. Thats because everyone saying that was watching the game froma neutral point of view. I rewatched the Boks vs England at Ellisa part yesterday, and that games was just as good, and that with a young Bok team playing together for the first time. Get over yourself, HM is a great coach.

  • andrew.arde - 2012-12-03 19:45

    It's ok peeps.........France will beat NZ in the playoffs again to pave the way to the final for the Boks!!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-03 20:11

      That's very positive thinking, get France to do what your team can't idiot! It's 3 years away and do you know how many variables can happen...

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-03 20:19

      Jimmy nz your fear smells rank

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-03 20:31

      Actually learn to read, he's not backing the boks even slightly! I'm saying he should back his team to beat anybody who stands in their way, but hey wouldn't expect you to understand lloyd or is it tokkelosh? Why you using a girl alias now?

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-03 20:39

      So far off base girlfriend

      oopkop.denker - 2012-12-03 20:53

      @ Jimmy. Remember this day, ~3 years from now, when you called someone else an idiot. It might come back and haunt you ;)

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-03 21:25

      Seriously you people should learn to read!!! And putting girlfriend after the sentanse doesn't change the fact. I am saying back the boks to beat whoever is in front of them and not hope for other people to change your destiny... Understand or should I say it slower?

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-04 09:32

      tells people they should learn to read....then spells sentence "sentanse" classic idiocy

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-04 09:49

      *sentance* oops! Funny how it's everybody that has something to do with the bulls that can't understand what I'm saying... I like fink I knows everyfink...

      riaan.louw.18488 - 2012-12-05 23:15

      France is New Zealand's bogey team. Never under estimate the French...

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-03 19:57

    If you want to be the best...you must win the best....Go BOKKE!!!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-03 20:09

      super copy and pasta fail

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-12-03 20:17

    That will just be awesome. To see the All Mighty All Blacks demolish the Springbulls.

      Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-12-04 00:02

      Dont be to sure about that!! The all blacks will be going down soon as Eng showed all the other teams how to beat u and play you out of your game!! The all blacks wont be such a power by 2015

      Caleb - 2012-12-04 02:59

      @ Archie, its one thing seeing it, its another thing doing it. Many many teams before England have tried to beat AB's at their own game. Its not a secret.

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2012-12-04 08:25

      Xanavin sounds very much like a drain declogging agent. Very apt for a turd that never has anything constructive to contibute.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-04 09:52

      xanavin sounds like a tranquiliser, much like his posts that put me to sleep check the lines in the hair broo. dzay men looks clussy, elton style

  • eidel.bock - 2012-12-03 20:24

    Nicely worked out to be a North South final....

      Johannes - 2012-12-05 09:58

      This is what it's all about.. The viewership.

  • Jason - 2012-12-03 20:35

    Please can SARFU ban the Springboks and coaches from wearing blazers and ties. None of them seem comfortable and it shows.

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-12-03 22:23

      clearly u have never played rugby, rather shut up u clown

      Jason - 2012-12-05 17:54

      lol. my comment stands because it is accurate. yours shows that you've had too many concussions in your rugby career.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-12-03 21:39

    This is not right; I just don't understand why there should be pool of death. This makes me wonder whether the Cup is really won by the best team. Imagine the 3 best teams are grouped together.....This allows for a weaker e.g. SA going through to the semis...just saying.

      pat.cam.167 - 2012-12-04 03:54

      the top 3 teams in the world will never be in the same pool, dumb ass!!! just saying

      cape.maori - 2012-12-04 08:24

      @ CK - please don't show your level of stupidity here! Did you do matric in Limpopo?

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-04 09:36

      cape maori can you please upload a video of yourself singing the full national anthem of NZ, including the jungle language in the beginning. and please let us know how the passport is coming along

      cape.maori - 2012-12-04 09:39

      @Simone - I only sing "Die Stem"

      Caleb - 2012-12-05 01:55

      Simone, best not to show that your an f'in ignorant Saffa, its called Maori and its one of three national languages of NZ. Try educating yourself for once.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-05 16:39

      yes and maoris live in the jungle. how ignorant are you

  • trevor.davey.102 - 2012-12-03 22:52

    Daar was altyd gese ons Springbokke moet worry oor die AB siestog ... Back To Square One . Die AB moet worry oor Frankryk . Hulle (Die AB) gaan nie eers semi haal nie en as dit gebeur wag ons vr hulle Kaalhande . Ons het LUS vr julle breg gatte . Kry seker nou nog nagmerries na Saterdag aand !

  • trevor.davey.102 - 2012-12-03 22:53

    Daar was altyd gese ons Springbokke moet worry oor die AB siestog ... Back To Square One . Die AB moet worry oor Frankryk . Hulle (Die AB) gaan nie eers semi haal nie en as dit gebeur wag ons vr hulle Kaalhande . Ons het LUS vr julle breg gatte . Kry seker nou nog nagmerries na Saterdag aand !

      cape.maori - 2012-12-04 08:24

      That was the first time in a decade that the AB's lost in Europe! No need to panic!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-04 09:36

      now referring to them as "the AB's" not "us" anymore. know our place

  • trevor.davey.102 - 2012-12-03 22:54

    Daar was altyd gese ons Springbokke moet worry oor die AB siestog ... Back To Square One . Die AB moet worry oor Frankryk . Hulle (Die AB) gaan nie eers semi haal nie en as dit gebeur wag ons vr hulle Kaalhande . Ons het LUS vr julle breg gatte . Kry seker nou nog nagmerries na Saterdag aand !

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-12-03 23:41

    There was such an headline before last years world cup aswell and then we ended up losing against the Aussies!! why must everything be All Blacks?? they got eaten by Eng, the team that we might face in the qaters already,or the Wallabies!! both teams that can beat any team on any given day!!! One can never write off the French aswell and NZ might even play them before the semis aswell so please its still 3 years and aloooot of games away!!

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-12-03 23:43

    in any case the semis are never the 4 teams that are predicted to be there as there are aaalwaaays upsets!!!

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-12-03 23:56

    i dont think NZ will be the team 2 beat by 2015... it will be Eng / France!! NZ have 2 many key players that will be to old by that time but will still be selected because of their name and status!! Carter wont be the same,richie wont be the same,read wont be the same,conrad smith wont be the same,dont think nonu will even be in the side that year,all their golden oldies in the front row will be even older,slower and weaker by then,gear will be to old!! they need to blood more youngsters like savea,dagg,cruden,barrett,nr9 smith to have valuable experience by then otherwise i cannot see them taking it!! they will be beaten by Eng,France and the Boks then!! im very excited about our young talent thats coming through and the future looks really bright towards 2015!! we just need to give more youngsters a go to get experience and to cement their place,get use to the enviroment in the bok camp and gel as a unit :) we also need to work on a new game plan over the next 3 years and then surprise our apponents at the world cup :) gooooo bokke!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-12-04 08:25

      I hope you believe the drivel you just posted!

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-12-03 23:59

    looking at Eng and the young talent coming through and them hosting the cup i would rather play the wallabies before the semi lol...

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-12-04 00:09

    This is so F*cking retarded !! What is up with this draw ? The Springboks & New Zealand are the two top ranked teams. They should only meet in the Final, provided that they win all their games. It makes no sense that team number 1, should play team number 2 in the semis. I'm not saying that the Boks are better than France & Auz, but the draw should ensure that the two best teams only meet in the Final, and not along the way. The Boks should face #3 in the world, and the Ab's should face #4 in the Semis, provided that there's not an upset.

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-12-04 00:14

    Arg is always a dark horse going into world cups and with them being part of the championship i think they will be very hard to beat come 2015... they have great players playing all over the world,that experience and playing the top 3 ranked nations every year will help them alot come 2015... dont write Arg off!!

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-12-04 00:22

    AUS vs SA - NZ vs IRE - ENG vs SCO - FRA vs ARG.... if no upsets!!! then who would make the semi's? :)

      Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-12-04 00:27

      it was tough to choose between AUS and ENG but i selected AUS as i think they would lose against ENG in the group stage in ENG so they will end up playing us :) just dont hope that samoan thugs start playing dirty again and by that taking injuring some of our key players!!! They must be warned early on in the world cup already!!

  • M'rio Mas Machar'a - 2012-12-04 07:26

    mxm, Boks, mxm Proteas so is same mxm to Bafana, atleast even a fool could see dat Bafana are sisz unlike de chokers Boks n' Proteas, bring silver wears ...hate to love you

      bootman.bokke - 2012-12-04 08:24

      Best post I've read all year.......................Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-04 09:41

      cricket #1 rugby #2 soccer #84 SUPER EISH

      Jarryd Pauls - 2012-12-04 12:41

      Most ridiculous comment I've read in a long time. When last did Bafana win a trophy of any substance? 1996. Since then they've hardly qualified for any major tournaments.

      Felix.gumbi1 - 2012-12-04 16:19

      U must be from NZ

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-12-05 01:21

      @M'rio: IRB Rugby Rankings : Springboks #2 ICC Cricket Rankings: Proteas #1 Fifa Soccer Rankings: Bafana Bafana #84

  • deanmpeters - 2012-12-04 07:27

    NZ against France in the Quarters???? That would be interesting!!

      cape.maori - 2012-12-04 08:45

      You must be praying for an easy route for the bokkies. Not this time mate!

      Felix.gumbi1 - 2012-12-04 16:16

      NZ will loose I'll bet my house on that!,readtjie,richie dont have muscle just hot potato rugby which in WC dont work!

      Caleb - 2012-12-05 01:58

      Worked last WC, which country is on the trophy under winners?

      Felix.gumbi1 - 2012-12-05 02:58

      France were the better team but somehow lost,look how England forwards were mashing u.

  • cape.maori - 2012-12-04 08:22

    hahahhahaha - cannot wait for this one! Win or lose, as a die hard ALL BLACK supporter, this will be the big one. The bokkies wanted to play the rugby world champions last year, but hey, they were knocked out by the Aussies! Bring it on!!!!!!!! Go ALL BLACKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IRB team of the year, Hansen coach of the year and DC, you know what - Player of the CENTURY!!

      pat.cam.167 - 2012-12-04 10:20

      yea and to think in 2009 these springsucks brain farts compared morne "i can ONLY KICK" steyn to DAN CARTER!!!

      Felix.gumbi1 - 2012-12-04 16:12

      Dont you blackies worry,Goosen will run rings around DC next year!

  • thabiso.letlhabane - 2012-12-04 10:00

    2015 seem so far away......

  • jco.vanrooyen - 2012-12-05 00:42

    Hier kom 'n lekker ding! Springbok gaan weer in 2015 die wereld beker lig!

  • sparks.sanders - 2012-12-05 10:44

    Why don't that put the top teams 4 in pools so if they win their pools and quarters it will be 1-4 and 2-3 so that NZ and SA or NZ and AUS can only meet in the final, best two teams meeting in the semi's is stupid?

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