All Blacks book semis spot

2011-10-09 11:18

Auckland - Scrumhalf Piri Weepu, entrusted with the kicking duties in the absence of Dan Carter, put New Zealand into the World Cup semi-finals with seven penalties in a 33-10 victory over Argentina here on Sunday.

Argentina's sound defence restricted New Zealand to just two tries, both in the final quarter of the game, while the Pumas crossed the line once to briefly, and against all predictions, lead in the first half.

The last of the four quarter-finals was the only one to produce the winner forecasted by the bookmakers as Weepu finished with a match haul of 21 points.

The win pits New Zealand against Australia in one semi-final after their trans-Tasman rivals knocked defending champions South Africa out of the tournament with an 11-9 win in their quarter-final earlier on Sunday.

The second semi-final between France and Wales was decided on Saturday after their victories over England and Ireland respectively.

The All Blacks were in control from the opening exchanges against Argentina, and while they were unable to score a try until the 67th minute, they were able to quickly master the reputed strength of the Argentina pack.

Man-of-the-match Jerome Kaino, Keven Mealamu and Brad Thorn ensured the New Zealand forwards drove into the breakdown and over the ball providing a flow of front-foot possession.

But while the All Blacks backs retained the ball for long periods, mixing cut-out passes and wrap around movements to shift Argentina's heavy pack around Eden Park, they could not penetrate the South Americans' staunch defence.

It was left to Weepu to accumulate the points starting with a 38-metre penalty in the 13th minute and doubling the score soon after when Argentina conceded a scrum penalty as their main weapon began to misfire early.

But even though they were forced on the back foot for most of the game, Argentina's defence remained rock solid and, in a rare foray into the All Blacks' half, the Pumas scored the only try of the opening 40 minutes.

Leonardo Senatore came off the back of a scrum, beat the tackle of New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and took play deep into All Blacks' territory before off-loading for a try to flanker Julio Farias Cabello, converted from the sideline by Felipe Contepomi to leave the Pumas 7-6 up.

Weepu regained the lead with two more penalties to have New Zealand 12-7 ahead at half-time.

Argentina's long-range marksman Marcelo Bosch narrowed the gap to 12-10 with a successful penalty from halfway and near the left touchline soon after the restart before the All Blacks regained momentum.

Another two Weepu penalties had the All Blacks in front at 18-10 before No 8 Kieran Read finally pierced the Pumas' defence for New Zealand's first try of the match 13 minutes from time following a series of forward rushes.

The All Blacks closed out the game with another Weepu penalty and a rare try to lock Thorn who galloped 25 metres to score after replacement flyhalf Aaron Cruden and wing Cory Jane had opened up Argentina down the right flank.

Cruden, who converted the try, was required for duty early in the match and had a sound game steering the backline after Carter's understudy, Colin Slade, left the field with a leg injury.



New Zealand:

Tries: Keiran Reid, Brad Thorn

Penalties: Piri Weepu (7)

Conversion: Aaron Cruden


Try: Julio Farias Cabello

Conversion: Felipe Contepomi

Penalty: Marcelo Bosch


New Zealand:

15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Sonny Bill Williams, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Isaia Toeava

15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero

Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Martin Scelzo, 18 Marcos Ayerza, 19 Alejandro Campos, 20 Alfredo Lalanne, 21 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 22 Juan Imhoff


  • EJ - 2011-10-09 11:22

    flattering for the ABs to say the least. They have to step it up next week

      Maori - 2011-10-09 11:57

      what time is the protea QF against the wannabess? Sorry, forgot, proteas are on their way home.

      Juggernaut - 2011-10-09 12:07

      Maori, your comment shows the type of low class person you are. Probably your mother that taught you to think and behave like you do as you no doubt never knew your father.

      Roanokee - 2011-10-09 12:09

      @Maori: You do mean the Springboks.

      Zion - 2011-10-09 12:15

      Who cares who wins nex tweek as long as it is either the AB"S or the Ozzies. Pity it cannot be both.

      Storm Bru - 2011-10-09 12:57

      At Maori. Aussies can book their ticket next week. Hope Craig Joubert is the ref and can blow those sheep shagging sheats for their continuous infringements at rucks and mauls. Dick Lawrence missed most of the game. Go New Zealand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Storm Bru - 2011-10-09 13:00

      And then for Wales to make NZ eat dirt. Go WALES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That way both teams I hate with an absolute passion can suck hindti.....!

      nzbro - 2011-10-09 13:09

      aye maori, dont let these saffas get to you about being a saffa AB supporter mate. At least you stand for something proud. good on ya! they are just filled with so much hate its worrisome.

  • Dal68 - 2011-10-09 11:28

    Go Wales!,,

  • Trueblackkiw - 2011-10-09 11:29

    Yay AB's good on ya, one step further than last time. I must admit now I'm interested, all you bok fans, who do you now support? AB's, Wallabies, Welsh or French? And please bear in mind we had our 2nd string then 3rd string 5/8 on and Toeava. Damn I hate him lol.

      Crazy4Boks - 2011-10-09 12:11

      Supporting All Blacks to win, they deserve it because they are the best team. Not because Australia beat us, I was supporting them before today's game after the Boks.

      sipholess - 2011-10-09 12:18

      Boks out now so for me its the All Blacks for the win. The Boks and the AB's are the best two sides in world rugby and also the most humble. Ausies are always mouthing off, so please Kiwi's give them a good kicking in the semi's.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-10-09 11:31

    Go Wales !

  • kinkynun - 2011-10-09 11:32

    Our players need some penalty lessons from Piri Weepu. Well done All blacks. l think you will keep the cup at home unlike South Africans who hosted the Soccer world cup and came out on the first round.

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-10-09 11:35

    END OF A GOLDEN ERA for the boks, they join the proteas and bafana as recent world cup flops. these last 4 are the same last 4 of 1987 in nz-fate maybe? i have been dreaming of that sa-nz semi for the last 4 years but thats life. heres to the next generation and 2015 : lambie, bekker, hougie, jantjies, brussow, bisi, alberts. go wales or france ! john mitchell 4 bok coach!

  • milswanka - 2011-10-09 11:36

    All Blacks looking very good! I guess the Boks took the choker spot at the world cup this year, that means the AB have a easy road to win the WC. Good luck AB!!

      Crazy4Boks - 2011-10-09 14:09

      We softened up the Aussies for you...The All Blacks must smash them next week.

  • Boktaunter - 2011-10-09 11:36

    Damn tough game,well played Argies your D was epic but there was no choke,no panic from the men in black and they controlled the game well..a good hard win under concerted pressure

  • Shadowfax - 2011-10-09 11:55

    It's sad for them that that don't get to play the best team in the world because they have the worst ref in the world.

      nzbro - 2011-10-09 12:02

      Shadowfax the best team in the world is ranked No 1 mate, that us AB's. we cant play against ourselves. boks ranked No 3, thats a long way from the best as was proven today.Have a safe trip back home.

      Shadowfax - 2011-10-09 12:15

      nzBro if the best team in the world is the team that’s ranked no then why have a World Cup to decide who is the best team? But I can understand why you wouldn’t use RWC as the yard stick since the only time you ever won it was when the Springboks weren’t allowed to play. The only reason why I say that the Bokke are the best team in the world is because if the All Blacks were so sure to beat them then NZ wouldn’t need a blatantly biased ref to eliminate the opposition.

      nzbro - 2011-10-09 12:43

      Oh sure . blame the ref for all your teams errors.The samoans blamed him too and you guys had lots to say to them about that. From what I saw the ref made reasonably good calls against both teams and he was assisted by the touch judges too. He missed a few too but thats human.We have the advantage of 360 camera views In 2007 the ref missed a forward pass and we lost too and got called chokers after that. so whats your excuse gonna be? If the boks were that good then even a biased ref would not be able to change the outcome.The stats was in your favour but you were unable to finish because of a better defence and ofcourse a better team that always beats you anyway cuase the boks are predictable. I know its hard cause we have been there but you gonna have to deal with it now mate this is what a choke feels like especially when it gets shoved at you from all angles from everyone on this site .Perhaps a bit of humility required in 2015 aye . The AB's dont need the ref to beat boks mate. we only need you to play the same way you always do, predictable boring rugby. Times have changed.

      Shadowfax - 2011-10-09 13:21

      NzBro I’m proud of my boys and the way they played. I think everyone who watched that game knows who should have won. I prefer my team to go home in quarters losing honestly than win the RWC because our refs cheated. If you refs want to blatantly cheat then you can expect people to comment on that. The emperor’s new clothes don’t work on a sports field. When a ref makes one mistake then he’s human. When he make a constant stream of mistakes always favouring the same side what is that?

      nzbro - 2011-10-09 13:42

      Shadowfax if you want to talk about refs favouring a side then you should have been around in the 70's to late 80's when the SA refs only reff'd a game in SA between AB's and boks.That was a shocker. This was nothing but transparent as humanely possible. The refs are scrutinised after every match on their decisions so they are extra careful at rwc. Anyway matey, stop making excuses and take it on the chin like a man. Pdivvy relied upon age and experience and lost against a youthful team coupled with a master tactician in Deans. Pdivvyy gambled with keeping 21 "injured " at home, took injured players to a rwc and lacked depth across the key positions in his squad and lost.The better team won. end of story. At least your local Currie cup will benefit from this loss so all not lost.They have battle hardened veterans to play with.

      Shadowfax - 2011-10-09 14:10

      I agree with you. That period of blatantly biased reffing was an embarrassment to the game of rugby and you might remember the amount of complaining that was done by New Zealand at the time. I don’t need to take anything on the chin. There’s no shame in losing when cheating is involved. The only shame there is right now is to be a New Zealander and have to call Bryce Lawrence one of your own. The fact that Steve Walsh gets banned, fired and still refs in RWC quarterfinals ahead of far better and more respected northern hemisphere referees just goes to show that IRB can’t be taken seriously.

  • Maori - 2011-10-09 11:56

    Well done Blacks!! The Argies provided the right resistance before the semi- Blacks not showing their cards tonight - will play with more speed against the wannabees. Go ALL BLACKS!!

      Kapa O Pango - 2011-10-09 12:01

      Au, au, aue ha! It’s my time! It’s my moment! Kapa o Pango, aue hi, ha! All Blacks!

      sipholess - 2011-10-09 12:34

      Are you ok Kapa.......Should I call 911 ?

  • Kapa O Pango - 2011-10-09 11:58

    Kapa o Pango kia whakawhenua au i ahau! All Blacks, let me become one with the land Hi aue, hi! Ko Aotearoa e ngunguru nei! This is our land that rumbles Au, au, aue ha! It’s my time! It’s my moment! Ko Kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei! This defines us as the All Blacks Au, au, aue ha! It’s my time! It’s my moment! I ahaha! Ka tu te ihiihi Our dominance Ka tu te wanawana Our supremacy will triumph Ki runga ki te rangi e tu iho nei, tu iho nei, hi! And be placed on high Ponga ra! Silver fern! Kapa o Pango, aue hi! All Blacks! Ponga ra! Silver fern! Kapa o Pango, aue hi, ha! All Blacks!

      Stoffel - 2011-10-09 12:37

      would've loved playing the Boks in semi's though,to shut there big mouths' once and for all.Cry-Babies! GO AB's!!!!!!! Leffco

  • Shawn - 2011-10-09 12:10

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAH WAAAAAAAAAKAKAKA groot bek bokke supporters, where are you??? I love the fact that your dreams are dashed!!!!

  • nzbro - 2011-10-09 12:45

    I repeat myself...There is a BLACK wave approaching and it STILL aint going away! Au, au, aue ha! (And it's my time! It's my moment! ) Ko Kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei! (This defines us as the All Blacks) Semi's here we come...

      Clark Kent - 2011-10-09 12:54

      Yup NZbro there was a few of us predicting this including Maori, and yourself. I thought the Pumas played well they are really hard to score against. The All Blacks killed them in the scrums. Im sure they will do the same to the Wallabies. Wepu was fantastic

      nzbro - 2011-10-09 13:02

      yeah clarkie I was very very impressed with the argies. They will be awesome in the years to come during the four nations and next rwc. Ozzy will be tough but we can do it the kapo O pango way. where abouts are you in nz clark? inbox me you location.we might be in the same area I think.explain later.

      Henk - 2011-10-09 18:46

      Clarkie lives at the Cape Flats (Cape Town)

  • John.L - 2011-10-09 13:11

    The kiwis will go any lengths to win this RWC that includes their secret weapon Brycie baby. I support 2 teams - the Boks and anyone playing aginst the ABs. Go Wallabies!!

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-10-09 13:58

    Go Australia. Go Wales. Go France. I am sure you have the quality to stop this nation of in bred people called New Zealand from calling themselves world rugby champions for the first time. 1987 does not count for obvious reasons. They must never win !!

      Maori - 2011-10-09 14:14

      You must a sad and lonely soul! The proteas lost because they did not take their opportunities - the old age showed big time, reflexes were slow and the wannabees were there for the taking! In any cae, thanks to the proteas for softening the wannabees for Eden Park, the new house of pain for them! We remain cautiously optimistic - just keep France away from the finals - those guys make me nervous!! LOL . Go ALL BLACKS!!!

      Barry Edwards - 2011-10-09 15:04

      Down with the All Blacks. Hope Australia win next weekend and if they dont win they cripple the All Blacks before the final.

  • Freddie Bok - 2011-10-09 15:40

    NZbro. Are you from NZ. Have you ever heard of a person that will even support the men from mars of they play against the national team.Any NZ SA supporters in your country? I am talking of Maori. at Maori, it is certainly your demcratice right to support who you want, but democratic right does not give anybody permission to be rude. Learn out of the way NZ team respect the national team.

      nzbro - 2011-10-09 20:38

      hey Freddie Bok.yeah Im from nz.There are many kiwi SA fans here even kwi Oz fans. To each his own mate. Thats democracy AND mutual respect for others different opinions .[but democratic right does not give anybody permission to be rude. Learn out of the way NZ team respect the national team.] That is spot on, now go and preach that to your fellow saffas on this site who have been nothing but disgraceful with their below the belt insults and racist derogotory remarks against anybody who differed in opinion to them. Even now in defeat you find those same shallow sewer rats making disgraceful comments against the AB's and so on.I know they are hurting but that is no excuse.

  • Crazy4Boks - 2011-10-09 18:05

    Weepu must make the Aussies weep, hehe. Try your tricks against the All Blacks & see if it works.

  • gsaker1 - 2011-10-10 02:08

    Now I have to say what i don't normally say...Bryce Lawrence has not had a great world cup but it has nothing to do with deliberate cheating just bad refereeing...Had a bad game in the Irish/ Wallaby game as well and they lost...To say a referee deliberate cheats is just blind stupidity these days with all the scrutiny. I will say two things - The Box lost because of some lenient refereeing at the ruck for both side not just Australia but Australia benefited because The Box had 76% possession. That is the other problem- every Box fan knows full well they don't play a very creative back line game and never have against the top sides...It has won them games the muscle up and get penalties tactic but lets be honest against the Wallabies ( and that pass was forward sorry guys but I was at the game almost right in line with ball and it was forward) - but the Box desperately needed more creativity in attack and that cost them as much as anything else . No one who really knows the game can say we had 76% of the possession and it was all the refs fault that is just completely stupid.The Box lacked creativity and it made it their attack predicable and easier to defend.

  • Maori - 2011-10-10 11:00

    Reading all the comments on this thread remind me of Manu Samoa after their game! What did the protea fans call them again? Cry babies. Please grow some balls, take it on the chin and move on. Your moaning and groaning won't change the score or the future of Bryce Lawrence. the only good thing about this furore is that Pocock will be watched coming Saturday and will be penalised like there is no tomorrow! Go ALL BLACKS!!!

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