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Here's the match report ... we'll bring you more reaction throughout the evening and over the next few days.
Very gutsy Boks. But we expected that. In final analysis, just not enough verve ... or real estate.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) October 24, 2015
Very gutsy Boks. But we expected that. In final analysis, just not enough verve ... or real estate.
Bravery & effort only carry you so far. Lineouts, kicking, composure made all the difference. Narrow loss no consolation. The dream is dead.— Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) October 24, 2015
Bravery & effort only carry you so far. Lineouts, kicking, composure made all the difference. Narrow loss no consolation. The dream is dead.
Game over. Well done New Zealand. Better side on the day. #SSRugby #RWC2015 #RSAvNZL— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) October 24, 2015
Game over. Well done New Zealand. Better side on the day. #SSRugby #RWC2015 #RSAvNZL
It's getting tense folks,73 min,we 2 behind,someone needs to stand up,it's really slippery now,Come On Bokke!!— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) October 24, 2015
It's getting tense folks,73 min,we 2 behind,someone needs to stand up,it's really slippery now,Come On Bokke!!
I thought Pollard was excellent today .. really v v good !!— Jonathan Kaplan (@RefJK) October 24, 2015
I thought Pollard was excellent today .. really v v good !!
That was good hour from Malherbe at No 3. Future safe.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) October 24, 2015
That was good hour from Malherbe at No 3. Future safe.
SA - 118
NZ - 335
That is the right decision . Deliberate infringement by Habana .. knew exactly what he was doing— Jonathan Kaplan (@RefJK) October 24, 2015
That is the right decision . Deliberate infringement by Habana .. knew exactly what he was doing
Williams makes a break and offloads to Sam cane but he knocks on after a hit from behind by De Allende!
The Boks try to run the ball from inside their 22! Time's up on the clock. They are met by a wall of black defenders and make little headway. Trevor Nyakane and Willem Alberts carry well but it all comes yo nothing when Matfield knocks on! That's the final act of what has been an epic Test! It could have gone either way but, in the end, the All Blacks are triumphant! The Boks can hold their heads high as they gave everything but New Zealand hold on and will have a shot at defending their title in next weekend's final!
South Africa 18 New Zealand 20
The All Blacks attack from a scrum just outside South Africa's 22. Carter offloads to Williams who is stopped in his tracks by De Allende!
Plenty of kicking from both sides now. Aaron Smith hoofs one upfield and all Pietersen can do is dot down behind his own tryline.
Lambie takes the ball into contact, on his 10-metre line, but knocks on after a double-hit from Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock.
The Boks go on the drive from the line-out but make little headway as the All Blacks push them back with a strong counter-shove.
The Boks win a turnover close to the halfway line! They shift it wide to their backs and Lambie hoofs the ball upfield. Carter gets there first and boots the ball into touch inside his 22!
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE! 18-20. Pat Lambie is on for the injured Pollard and he makes it a two-point ball-game, with another three-pointer from the kicking tee after Read is pinged for infringing at a maul.
Several All Black forwards are pinged for offside play on defence. Pat Lambie kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to New Zealand's 10-metre line.
The All Blacks are on the attack inside South Africa's 22 and Sonny Bill Williams stabs a grubber kick through! Ben Smith gives chase but Habana beats him to the ball and dots down behind his tryline!
The Boks are awarded a penalty when Aaron Smith strays offside on defence but the penalty is reversed when Victor Matfield takes Read out off the ball at a ruck.
The Boks take the ball through the phases with their forwards, close to New Zealand's 22, and Etzebeth and Burger are prominent ball carriers.
PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER. 15-20. Carter restores the All Blacks' five-point lead, after Strauss is penalised for a ruck infringement.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 15-17. Pollard narrows the gap to two-points with another well-struck place-kick after the All Blacks' front row are pinged for illegal scrummaging.
De Allende takes the ball into contact and goes to ground, midway between the halfway line and New Zealand's 22. Adriaan Strauss then sets off on a run but is held up in the tackle by McCaw.
CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 12-17. Carter shows his class as he lands the two-pointer from close to the touchline!
YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, HABANA! The Boks will play the next 10 minutes with 14 men after Habana is penalised for slapping the ball from Aaron Smith's hands at a ruck, in the build-up to Barrett's try.
TRY, NEW ZEALAND, BARRETT! 12-15. New Zealand show great width as they take the ball wide with their backline! Nonu draws in a couple of defenders and offloads to Beauden Barrett who scores in the left-hand corner!
Carter kicks ahead and Savea tries to gather inside the Boks' 22. The big wing fails to do that and knocks on.
Referee Garces pings Habana for taking Milner-Skudder out off-the-ball just inside New Zealand's half. Carter kicks for touch and puts the resulting penalty out on the Boks' 10-metre line.
Carter gathers close to the halfway mark and chips ahead but Burger does well to charge down! Mtawarira gathers the loose ball and goes to ground.
DROP GOAL, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 12-10. The All Blacks win scrappy ball at a line-out, just outside the Springboks' 22, but Carter does brilliantly as he lands a snap-shot despite being on the back-foot!
Ben Smith launches an up-and-under and regathers his own kick! He is eventually brought to ground by Le Roux close to South Africa's 10-metre line.
The Boks put huge pressure on the All Blacks at a scrum! The Boks' dominance wins them the throw-in at a reset scrum.
Carter gets the second half underway and the rain is pouring down now! Le Roux gathers his kick and goes to ground under a heavy challenge from Read outside the Boks' 22.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 12-7. Pollard adds another three-pointer and the Boks have five-point lead. From the restart, New Zealand regather and the ball comes out to Conrad Smith who grubber-kicks it into touch. Referee Jerome Garces blows the half-time whistle shortly afterwards. As the scoreline suggests, it's been a close affair but the Boks deserve their lead as they've committed less errors. The All Blacks are not out of it though but Kaino's yellow card is a setback which South Africa will try to exploit after the break.
South Africa 12 New Zealand 7
YELLOW CARD, NEW ZEALAND, KAINO! Kaino will spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin after he slows the ball down deliberately from an offside position at a ruck on the edge of the All Blacks' 22.
The All Blacks front row are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on New Zealand's 10-metre line.
New Zealand take the ball into contact but Beast Mtawarira does well to halt Sam Whitelock's progress. when the maul becomes static, the Boks get the put-in to the scrum.
Carter gets a chance to gives the All Blacks a one-point lead, from the kicking tee after Burger is pinged for a shoulder charge on Nonu. His kick strikes an upright and Du Preez scrambles to get the loose ball before offloading to Kriel, who boots it into touch.
New Zealand take the ball through the phases just outside South Africa's 22 but Joe Moody gets knocked backwards by a double hit from Lood de Jager.
Nonu stabs a grubber kick through and Milner-Skudder gives chase! The touchline wins that race, however, as the ball goes out inside the Boks' 22.
The All Blacks attack with their backs close to their halfway line and the ball comes out to Conrad Smith. He sets off on a run but is kept in check by Damian de Allende.
Ben Smith gathers a clearance kick from Pollard on the halfway line and sets off on a run but he's brought to ground, close to the Boks' 10-metre line, by Eben Etzebeth.
The All Blacks take the ball through the phases with their backs before striking out wide with their backs. The ball comes out to Nehe Milner-Skudder who kicks ahead and the ball rolls out inside South Africa's 22.
Pollard attacks from just outside his 22. He chips ahead and regathers but loses possession close to the hlafway line after a tackle from Ma'a Nonu.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 9-7. Pollard succeeds with his third successive penalty and the Springboks are back in front!
McCaw is penalised for playing Vermeulen in the air at a line-out, close to South Africa's tryline. Pollard puts the resulting penalty out midway between his 22 and 10-metre line.
Fourie du Preez launches a box-kick but Julian Savea is equal to the task and gathers from under the nose of JP Pietersen 15 metres outside South Africa's 22!
New Zealand set up several phases until Carter stabs a grubber kick through close to South Africa's 22! Coles gathers but slides into touch in the process.
The Boks take the ball through the phases with their forwards and are soon close to New Zealand's 22. Duane Vermeulen and Schalk Burger are prominent ball carriers. Francois Lout then takes the ball into contact but is pinged for holding on. Carter puts the resulting penalty out 10 metres from South Africa's 10-metre line.
Read is penalised for a high tackle on Willie le Roux. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway mark.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-7. Pollard narrows the gap to a point, after McCaw is pinged for straying offside on defence.
CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 3-7. Dan Carter takes the shot at goal but misses with his first attempt! He gets another chance, after Bryan Habana is blown up for charging too early, and the All Blacks number 10 doesn't miss with his second attempt!
TRY, NEW ZEALAND, KAINO! 3-5. New Zealand attack out wide with their forwards and Richie McCaw throws a lob pass to Jerome Kaino who dots down in the right-hand corner!
New Zealand try to attack from a line-out close to South Africa's 22. The Boks do well to halt their momentum with a counter-shove.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 3-0. Pollard opens the scoring from the kicking tee after Kieran Read is pinge for side-entry at a maul just outside the All Blacks' 22.
The Boks attack close to the halfway line and Jesse Kriel explodes through a gap! He is eventually brought to ground inside New Zealand's 22 by Ben Smith.
After the two sides stand to attention for their respective anthems, Keven Mealamu leads the All Blacks during a stirring version of the Kapa O Pango haka! That certainly got the goosebumps out. Game on!!! Handre Pollard gets us underway! His kick hangs in the air for a long time but Dane Coles eventually gathers and goes to ground just outside his 22.
Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer has named an unchanged starting line-up after last weekend's quarter-final triumph over Wales. Veteran lock Victor Matfield is the only change to the matchday squad, coming onto the bench at the expense of Pieter-Steph du Toit who drops out of the matchday squad. Scrum-half Fourie du Preez leads the team once more and links up with Handrè Pollard in the half-backs.
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has made just one change to his starting line-up. Loosehead prop Joe Moody replaces the injured Wyatt Crockett (groin) in the starting line-up, and fellow front-row Ben Franks moves onto the bench.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Rugby World Cup semi-final between arch-rivals South Africa and New Zealand from Twickenham in London! There's plenty of excitement as the winners will take on Australia or Argentina, who play in the other semi-final on Sunday, in next weekend's final. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.
New Zealand are bidding to be the first team to defend the Rugby World Cup. If they succeed it will be the first time they have won the trophy outside of New Zealand. Of New Zealand's 18 opponents faced at the World Cup, they have a losing track record against only two of them, South Africa and Australia. The last time these sides met at the World Cup, New Zealand won 29-9. That was during the 2003 quarter-finals in Melbourne. That loss ranks as South Africa's heaviest ever in a World Cup match. Keven Mealamu and Richie McCaw started that match for New Zelaand and Dan Carter came off the bench . Victor Matfield started South Africa and Schalk Burger came on as a replacement. The first World Cup encounter between these sides was the 1995 final which South Africa won 15-12, after extra-time. No tries were scored and Joel Stransky scored all South Africa's points, and Andrew Mehrtens did the same for New Zealand. In 1999, South Africa claimed a 22-18 win over New Zealand in the bronze medal match at the Millennium Stadium. In the 90 previous Tests between the sides, New Zealand have won on 52 occasions, South Africa 35 and three finished as draws. For South Africa, New Zealand are the opponents they have faced most often in Tests. The All Blacks have only played Australia more often at Test level (178 times) than South Africa. This will be South Africa's fourth time in a World Cup semi-final following appearances in 1995, 1999 and 2007. The Springboks intend becoming the first team to win the World Cup after losing the opening match of their campaign. South Africa have won 28 of their 33 World Cup matches. Their winning percentage of 84.8 per cent in the competition is topped only by New Zealand's 87.5 per cent (42 wins in 48 matches). Apart from the All Blacks, South Africa and Australia are also trying to win the World Cup a record third time. The All Blacks have won a World Cup record-equalling 12 matches in the competition. Australia also won 12 in a row from 1999 to 2003. New Zealand will feature in a World Cup semi-final on a record seventh occasion. They shared the record of six with France and as of 2015 Australia have also made it six. The All Blacks have won three and lost three of their previous six RWC semi-final matches. They are bidding for a record fourth RWC final, as are Australia. At Rugby World Cup 2015, the All Blacks have recorded 34 tries against their opponents' four. No other team in the tournament has registered more than 26 tries. No player in international Test rugby has been on the winning side against the Springboks more often than Richie McCaw (19 times). Richie McCaw sets a World Cup record in captaining his side for the 12th time in the competition, surpassing the 11 captain appearances by England's Martin Johnson and Will Carling, France's Raphaël Ibañez, John Smit of South Africa and Wales' Sam Warburton.
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