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Summary

  1. World Cup result: South Africa 18-20 New Zealand
  2. Kaino, Barrett tries, Carter 2 cons, 1 DG, 1 pen for NZ
  3. Pollard 5 pens, Lambie 1 pen for South Africa
  4. Argentina meet Australia on Sunday (kick-off 16:00 BST)
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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Who will play the All Blacks?

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    So there we have it. Reigning champions New Zealand are into their fourth World Cup final after edging past South Africa in another epic. It wasn't always pretty, but it was always gripping. You can read the match report by clicking here. 

    Be prepared for more tension, but perhaps more tries, on Sunday as Australia take on Argentina for an opportunity to meet the defending champs in the final. There will be live commentary of that match from us tomorrow, and according to the forecast it will be a dry day in the Big Smoke. 

    Thanks, as always, for joining us. In the meantime, Tom Fordyce has written about Argentina's rugby revolution which will make for pleasant prep before the semi-final. 

  2. 'It's a bit like kissing your sister'

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Erm. 

  3. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Gary from London had suggested New Zealand had enjoyed a more favourable draw in this tournament... 

  4. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    All Blacks, be it past or present, are always in demand. 

  5. New Zealand through to the final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    When losing in the possession and territory stats, you need to defend like your lives depend on it. South Africa did that, but eventually ran out of steam as the All Blacks - who enjoyed an easier passage into the last four - finally wore them down.

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  6. 'New Zealand deserved it'

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Bryan Habana will have to shake off the disappointment of missing out on the final because there's a third-place play-off to be won next Friday. 

    "We let ourselves down in some areas in the second half, but full credit to New Zealand for keeping possession with 14 men," he adds. "They are world class and deserve to be in the final. Hopefully we can do ourselves proud on Friday."

  7. 'We had discipline issues'

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    More from Bryan Habana: "Words cannot describe it, I’m hurt for mates who've become brothers. Give the All Blacks credit, we had a few discipline issues and with a man down to restrict us from scoring, they showed their status as the number one side in the world." 

  8. 'Guts, character, tenacity...'

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Bryan Habana has had better games. The winger was at fault for New Zealand's first try, foolishly charged Dan Carter's conversion, which allowed the outside-half a second bite at the cherry, and was also sin binned. 

    Speaking to ITV Sport, the winger said: "Bitterly disappointed but unbelievably proud of this journey the team’s been on since Japan. We showed guts, character and tenacity, as a proud player we could not have asked for more."

  9. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    The pair should share a beer together after the match if they are to continue their post-match tradition. Steve Hansen will be buying the beers. 

  10. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    New Zealand have now won 11 of the last 13 Tests against South Africa, which is phenomenal considering the Springboks have regularly been the second best team on the planet for the majority of that time. 

    If South Africa want a consolation stat, here's the only one I could find - they're still the only side Julian Savea has not scored a try against. Hey, I didn't say it would make the Springboks feel better. 

  11. Player reaction

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    New Zealand centre Conrad Smith on ITV1: "We knew South Africa would give us a different game - and it turned out that way. South Africa played really well, put us under pressure and didn't give us much. We had to dig deep and I'm proud of that."

    On what the All Blacks players discussed on the Twickenham pitch before the second half: "We were pretty composed, a lot of us were talking about what we were expecting. It would have been nice to be winning by 20 points but that doesn't always happen.

    "Good teams have to come from behind sometimes and we talked about getting up the ground quicker and playing the ball a bit sharper. We executed that really well in the second half."

  12. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Former England hooker Brian Moore has stopped tweeting about the weather and has something to say about the match. 

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    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    SMS Message: With an easy draw NZ only had to beat one decent side to get to the final....they managed it just. from Gary, London
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  14. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    New Zealand did most of the running - literally. The All Blacks made 398 metres over the 80 minutes, twice as much distance as the Springboks' tally of 146m. That means, unsurprisingly, the top five individual metre-makers were all wearing black shirts.

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  15. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    It's safe to say that the balmy October Britain was enjoying has come to an end this weekend, that's if former England centre Will Greenwood's weather forecast is anything to go by.

  16. 'We weren't good enough'

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer speaking to ITV Sport: "We're very disappointed, we believed we were good enough to beat them but we just weren't. We wanted to make our country proud and we didn't.

    "Discipline is the most important thing, especially in the rain, but we are making no excuses because we should have pulled this one through. 

    "The All Blacks are a quality side, I want to thank all the people that followed us and I'm just sorry if we let them down."

  17. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    New Zealand proved they are a team who can play in any conditions, as former Wales flanker Martyn Williams says...

  18. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Dan Carter's surprise drop-goal early in the second half seemed to swing things New Zealand's way, dragging his team to within two points of the two-time champions and giving them extra energy. 

    It was only Carter's second drop-goal in a World Cup match. Indeed, it's a weapon that's hardly been used in this tournament at all, with only six successful droppers. The lowest previous drop-goal tally was 14 in 2007.

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  20. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Dan Carter celebrates

    Oof, that was a close match. Only one previous World Cup semi-final has seen a closer points difference at the final whistle, and that was France's encounter with Wales in 2011, which the French won 9-8. 

  21. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "New Zealand know they can do better, but huge credit must go to the Springboks. South Africans can be immensely proud of their side, but both teams put everything into that game. 

    "The All Blacks have a few little improvements they can make, but that's a magnificent preparation for next week."

  22. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw still has a chance of becoming the first captain to lead a team to two World Cup titles. 

    The flanker tells ITV Sport: "We did it the hard way today. It was always going to be that way but we've got a crack at it next week.

    "Our discipline was keeping them in the game, we had to find that bit extra. We've been saying they would bring everything. There were no surprises and we had to dig deep to get the result."

  23. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    "South Africa were out on their feet, but they didn't have the game plan. New Zealand didn't play their best but they had enough in their locker. 

    "They were dominant when they had the ball, and when they didn't have the ball."

  24. How to win ugly

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Former England scrum-half and BBC Radio 5 live commentator Matt Dawson has his say: 

  25. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    All Blacks fans celebrate in the London rain. New Zealand deserved the win, scoring two tries, creating the better chances, dominating possession and territory and, in the second half, they stopped conceding penalties at the breakdown. 

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  26. New Zealand through to final

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half

    Quote Message: That was brutal, as anticipated. The All Blacks know they were in a massive scrap, which will be great for next week."
  27. New Zealand through to final

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    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

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  29. Full-time

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    New Zealand players celebrate match win

    These aren't conditions for a length-of-the-field try...South Africa's forwards charge forward but gain inches rather than metres.New Zealand's defence is an immovable force. 

    Jerome Garces toots his whistle and brings this chokingly-tense match to an end. 

  30. South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Thirty seconds to go and South Africa have the ball but they're in the shadow of their own posts. 

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  32. South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Dan Carter in action for New Zealand

    Dan Carter stepping back... the dropper? Nope. South Africa's defence was alert and rushed out to stop the outside-half from pulling the trigger. All Blacks with possession though... Sonny Bill Williams twisting, twirling, offloading. South Africa needing a miracle. And the ball. 

  33. South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    New Zealand with possession, camped in enemy territory... the forwards gaining the hard yards. South Africa's Damian de Allende is penalised for not releasing in the tackle. He's gifted a put-in at the scrum for the All Blacks. Surely New Zealand won't cede possession from here on.

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  35. South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    New Zealand content to keep South Africa pinned in their own half. This is not a time for flair, not a time for the soft brained. Boot to ball from Beauden Barrett, it trickles over the whitewash but even a 22m drop-out eats up seconds. 

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  37. Post update

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Ian Robertson

    BBC Rugby Correspondent

    Quote Message: The whole match has been a tremendous, physical, brutal confrontation."
  38. South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Pat Lambie gang tackled by Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read and the outside-half, as most mere mortals would, loses possession. New Zealand upping the ante when the pressure is at its most intense. All Blacks with put-in at the scrum just inside South Africa's half. 

  39. Handle with caution

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    A Twickenham weather update from a former England hooker...

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    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Class cover from Dan Carter, effortlessly gliding over the turf but what a brilliant kick it was from Lambie."
  41. South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    South Africa in prime position, a line-out on the All Blacks' 22m... but the men in black drive them backwards. South Africa are on their heels and on a grey and damp afternoon in Twickenham they lose possession. That felt inevitable. 

  42. Tackle count

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    South Africa have 10 minutes to nick this. Have they got anything left in the tank? The Springboks' defence has been pumped by the All Blacks. Energy-sapping...

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  43. South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Oh my word. For a moment, the play was in slow motion as Dan Carter chased a well-placed Pat Lambie kick. Three South Africans were breathing down on the outside-half, one of them JP Pietersen, but Carter scrambled a kick to touch just in time. Had he missed it would have been a try. Tense times. Ten minutes remaining. I'm not sure I can watch. 

  44. Penalty - Lambie

    South Africa 18-20 New Zealand

    Pat Lambie of South Africa kicks a penalty

    Replacement Pat Lambie eyes up the task in front of him, a kick to the right of the uprights, about 35m out, and he treats it as if it were a routine training ground practice session. Between the posts it sails. Two points in it. 

  45. South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Sonny Bill Williams is tackled

    Under 15 minutes to go and the All Blacks now shuffle their line-up. Keven Mealamu one of the men to be introduced, Jerome Kaino one of the men to depart. 

    On the field, South Africa have won a penalty, Kieran Read coming through from the side of the maul which South Africa have formed from their line-out. The number eight purses his lips. 

  46. South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Bryan Habana may feel he owes his team-mates after his stretch in the sin-bin left them disadvantaged for a vital 10-minute spell.The All Blacks used their extra man to rack up possession and territory, although they failed to stretch their five-point lead in Habana's absence.

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  49. South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Handre Pollard requires treatment

    A raft of changes to South Africa's original line-up, Schalke Burger is off, as is Handre Pollard, who seemed to be injured. Replacement Patrick Lambie will now conduct operations from the number 10 position. 

  50. South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Bryan Habana touches down for 22 drop-out

    Dreamy quick line-out ball from the All Blacks and their backline are purring. Dan Carter to Sonny Bill Williams inside the Boks' 22m... the dual-code international with a grubber but there's a touch too much adrenaline on that one as Bryan Habana, back from his sin bin, sweeps up and touches down for a 22 drop-out. 

  51. Post update

    South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: South Africa are still in the game, it doesn't take much now they are back to 15, but they are tiring."
  52. Post update

    South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: South Africa have got nothing left, they have run out of steam and direction. They might go for penalties, but they've got no direction."
  53. All Blacks running riot?

    South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

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  54. Go for the gain line

    South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    South Africa-born England cricketer Nick Compton has some advice for his side...

  55. Carter the Centurion

    South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Dan Carter

    And the records books are not only being rewritten on the 'Foreign players at Twickenham' page. 

    As Opta say, that successful penalty means Carter overtakes Grant Fox's tally of 170 points to become New Zealand's all-time World Cup scorer.

  56. Dan Carter: History boy

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  57. South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Sonny Bill Williams is now on the field. What has he got in his box of tricks? We must wait, because South Africa have formed a brutal driving maul, they're prepared to gain territory blade by blade. 

    The backs finally see the ball, Handre Pollard attempts to dance through a black brick wall. The crowd wince in unison, which says it all... South Africa retaining possession, though. 

  58. Penalty - Carter

    South Africa 15-20 New Zealand

    Silly from Eben Etzebeth, failing to stay on his feet at the breakdown and gifting Dan Carter a kick at the posts. The outside-half is rock solid and has now scored more points than former All Black Grant Fox at a World Cup. 

  59. Penalty - Pollard

    South Africa 15-17 New Zealand

    Handre Pollard kicks

    New Zealand's scrum threatening to fold like a deckchair in the wind. Kieran Read attempts to rescue the situation at the base, but the number eight knocks on. 

    South Africa now with put-in at the scrum...  eight giant green forwards generate enough power to sustain a small island, All Blacks retreating, and Jeromes Garces toots his whistle. 

    Handre Pollard with the three points. 

  60. Post update

    South Africa 12-17 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: The bench makes such a difference, I've been amazed South Africa have not brought many changes on up to now. But, hopefully, it's not too late."
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  62. Sin-bin - Habana

    South Africa 12-17 New Zealand

    Bryan Habana leaves the pitch

    Bryan Habana thought he had got away with cynically knocking the ball from Aaron Smith as the All Black scrum-half attempted to set his back line rolling. The Boks winger did not prevent a try, but he's still punished for his maverick ways. 

  63. Ernie's enthralled

    South Africa 12-17 New Zealand

    Former world number one golfer Ernie Els, a proud South African, is back tweeting in capital letters again. 

  64. Post update

    South Africa 12-17 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: All Barrett had to do was fall over the line. It was coming, time after time, wave after wave. It was panic stations as far as South Africa were concerned."
  65. Try - Barrett; conv Carter

    South Africa 12-17 New Zealand

    Beauden Barrett of New Zealand celebrates

    New Zealand knocking, threatening to blow South Africa's defence off its hinges. Dan Carter rips the ball from Schalk Burger... All Blacks ruthless, they zip it wide... Ma'a Nonu making inroads and releases Beauden Barrett, who dives over the whitewash from 5m. Dan Carter at his shar-shooting best, knocking over the conversion from the touchline. 

  66. South Africa 12-10 New Zealand

    New Zealand restored to 15 men as Jerome Kaino's 10-minutes in solitary ends. Beauden Barrett has been introduced to the match, too, and he almost makes an immediate impact, but Julian Savea fails to gather an inviting grubber. 

  67. Post update

    South Africa 12-10 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: South Africa at the moment are playing a poor kicking game, straight back to New Zealand and they are under pressure again."
  68. South Africa 12-10 New Zealand

    Ben Smith jumps under the high ball

    South Africa's defensive kicking has dropped a notch. Dear Springboks, you don't want to be kicking into the arms of Julian Savea and his fellow speedy bruisers. 

    Both teams kicking back and forth... Damian de Allende decides to run back at the All Blacks with interest.... Bryan Habana chases a grubber, but catches Nehe Milner-Skudder's heels. Is someone in trouble? The referee thinks about it, but lets Habana off the hook.

  69. Carter drops a second

    South Africa 12-10 New Zealand

  70. Post update

    South Africa 12-10 New Zealand

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: A great strike, he composed himself very quickly and he never looked like missing."
  71. Drop-goal - Carter

    South Africa 12-10 New Zealand

    Dan Carter scores a drop goal

    A messy line-out, ball without an owner - but Richie McCaw dives on it and presents it to Dan Carter who bisects the posts with a dropper at lighting speed. Clinical. 

  72. South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    All Blacks using brains as well as brawn. A brilliant kick and gather from full-back Ben Smith, gaining acres for his team... a grubber from Nehe Milner-Skudder bobbles into touch. South Africa pinned inside their own 22. 

  73. Tough tackling

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    Those hours and hours of smashing into the training ground tackle bags have paid dividends for South Africa. The Springboks have crunched into 75 tackles - more than double of those made by the All Blacks (34). Unsurprisingly the top five individual tacklers are all wearing green and gold.

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  75. Post update

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: It was interesting to see the New Zealand players come out about five minutes before they needed to to get used to the rain, and certainly they have adjusted well in the first few minutes."
  76. South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    Players compete in the scrum

    Dan Carter sends the ball to the moon and back... Willie Le Roux comes rushing forward but he fails to hold on to the ball. A first error under the up-and-under from the Boks' full-back. 

    It all leads to an All Black put-in at the scrum in enemy territory... but the green shirts drive, wheel and turn and Jeromes Garces has no option but to toot his whistle against the discombobulated All Blacks. 

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  78. Kick-off

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    Angry skies above Twickenham, dark and menacing, much like the All Blacks, really. Dan Carter boots the ball into South Africa's 22 and the second half is under way. 

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    Matchsticks at the ready to prop those eyelids open, David.

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  83. All Blacks giving away too many penalties

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    How are South Africa leading? In short, it's been a fine defensive effort combined with All Black indiscipline. 

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  84. Half-time stats

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    New Zealand dominating almost every aspect of the game, metres made, carries, passes... but the scoreboard would tell a different story. 

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  85. Here comes the rain...

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    BBC Radio Five live's Ed Marriage with a weather update from Twickenham

  86. South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    New Zealand monopolised possession and territory in the first half - in the last 10 minutes the All Blacks enjoyed 84% possession and 88% territory - but South Africa are getting the better of Richie McCaw and co at the breakdown, while Lode De Jager is living up to his billing a the best lock in the competition, making a table-topping nine tackles. 

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  88. Half-time

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: New Zealand the whole way still to win for me, but you cannot tell me they are not going to get a bit of a telling off because with all that possession they should be ahead."
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  90. Half-time

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

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  92. Half-time

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    An intense opening 40 minutes comes to an end and it's South Africa in front thanks to New Zealand's folly. 

  93. Penalty - Pollard

    South Africa 12-7 New Zealand

    Handre Pollard kicks a penalty

    New Zealand have conceded nine penalties already in this half, more than they would have wanted to let slip in the match and Handre Pollard is punishing Steve Hansen's men.

  94. Sin-bin - Kaino

    South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Jerome Kaino is sent to the sin bin

    South Africa's line-out is a worry, but their scrum is tree trunk still. Fourie du Preez sniping from the base... the scrum-half causing chaos... Jerome Kaino wraps his giant frame around the number nine, who tumbles to the ground. 

    The ball bobbling loose from the tackle, but the back-tracking Kaino, currently offside, kicks it and not only has he given away a penalty but he's also shown a yellow card. Silly.

  95. Post update

    South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: This is just desperately tiring for the South Africans, the way they are defending. This will come back to bite them. If they are two or three points ahead with 20 minutes to go, my mortgage is on the All Blacks, you cannot go on defending like this."
  96. South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    South Africa lose their own-line out, but the green shirts are the current masters of the breakdown. All Black Sam Whitelock this time gang tackled and held up. 

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  98. South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    JP Pietersen in action for South Africa

    New Zealand rumbling, pressure building, black shirts bearing down on South Africa... JP Pietersen, though, intercepts from his own 22... deafening roars before referee Jeromes Garces brings play to a halt. 

    The Frenchman has caught Joe Moody doing something illegal - a neck roll from the prop. South Africa presented with a pressure-relieving touch-finder. Oof. 

  99. South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Don't believe us that New Zealand are hammering on the Springboks door now? Here's the statistical proof. The All Blacks are holding on to the ball more than a baby clutches his comfort blanket. And they are doing it in the South African half.

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  101. Missed penalty - Carter

    South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Dan Carter reacts

    An injection of pace from the men in black. Quick hands from the backline, Nehe Milner-Skudder to Conrad Smith... Smith to Ma'a Nonu who bursts through midfield... Danger for South Africa and they'll be pleased to have only conceded a penalty. 

    Dan Carter, attempting to find his Zen as a chorus of boos reverberate around the stadium... and the outside-half's effort ricochets off the uprights. 

  102. Post update

    South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: The All Blacks have had the odd opportunity, probing side to side to try to get a weakness they can attack."
  103. Can South Africa keep it up?

    South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Twickenham

     Six penalties conceded in first 25 mins by All Blacks. Huge defensive effort from Springboks, question is if they can maintain for 80 mins.

  104. South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Ma"a Nonu of New Zealand in action

    New Zealand have decided that possession is their friend and go through the phases instead of opting for the grubber. 

    Ma'a Nonu twirling in between defenders in midfield, attempting to give impetus to his team. All Blacks eventually, though, opt for that grubber down the right touchline, which fizzles out of play. 

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  106. South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    New Zealand giving away penalties as if they were confetti. The South Africa back-row currently bossing the breakdown. Francois Louw nicking the ball from Brodie Retallick - the Bok flanker's second turnover so far - as another New Zealand attack comes to a sudden halt. The All Blacks unable to find their groove. 

  107. Discipline matters

    South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Former England hooker Brian Moore isn't happy with the New Zealand penalty count...

  108. South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Not only are South Africa winning penalties - five in the opening 22 minutes - but they are winning them within range of Handre Pollard's lethal right peg. The Springboks fly-half has found his target from the left, right and centre with his three penalty attempts.

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  109. South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Players challenge for the line out ball

    Nehe Milner-Skudder with the grubber behind South Africa's defensive line, the All Blacks wanting to know what the Boks' line-out is made of. This time South Africa's heralded locks falter, and gift New Zealand put-in at the scrum within sight of the South Africa 22. 

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  111. South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Schalk Burger of South Africa in action

    South Africa win their first turnover... Handre Pollard with a shuffle of the hips and a dash from inside his own half to set pulses racing... Gripping stuff. The outside-half fails to keep hold of the ball, though... 

  112. Post update

    South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: It's poised beautifully as the players size up one another. I just think that given the possession New Zealand have enough to score those tries."
  113. Penalty - Pollard

    South Africa 9-7 New Zealand

    Handre Pollard of South Africa lines up his kick

    Simple but effective. Fourie du Preez with the box kick, Bryan Habana brilliantly chasing and gathering... 

    South Africa surging forward, New Zealand can only stop their charge illegally and Handre Pollard knocks a penalty over with his usual aplomb. 

  114. South Africa 6-7 New Zealand

    Dan Carter trying to turn South Africa's defence on their heels with cute grubbers behind the defensive line but South Africa are, so far, alert to his saucery. 

  115. Post update

    South Africa 6-7 New Zealand

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: South Africa are very organised and are looking good so far."
  116. Post update

    South Africa 6-7 New Zealand

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: The All Blacks' timing of their entry onto the ball and then rolling away is world class. Those are the differences that are very difficult to emulate."
  117. South Africa 6-7 New Zealand

    Equal share of possession, similar share of territory, a tight scoreline. Did we really expect anything else from the opening quarter of an hour?

    South Africa v New Zealand
  118. South Africa 6-7 New Zealand

    Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read work in partnership at the breakdown and the back-row pair succeed in ending South Africa's momentum. 

    A iffy line-out from the men in black, but they manage to keep hold of the ball... Dan Carter with a cheeky grubber for Dane Coles, but the hooker disguised as a winger kisses the touchline and a promising move dies a death. 

  119. South Africa 6-7 New Zealand

    The volume lifts inside Twickenham as Bryan Habana coolly gathers a high ball, setting South Africa on the charge into opposition territory. The All Blacks having to remain patient as wave after wave of green comes their way. Six phases, seven, eight...

  120. Go bokke!

    South Africa 6-7 New Zealand

    South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen - the 2010 Open champion - has gone all out with the wig and face paint...

  121. Penalty - Pollard

    South Africa 6-7 New Zealand

    This is a ferocious forward battle. Both sets of players intent to go on the front-foot. South Africa barge their way into New Zealand's 22 and earn a penalty for their efforts. Handre Pollard impeccable from about 30m out. New Zealand gifting their opponents easy points. 

  122. Converted try

    South Africa 3-7 New Zealand

    There's a bit of a to-do during the conversion. Bryan Habana races out, losing patience with Dan Carter's prolonged routine. The outside-half misses, but is allowed to go again and with his second bite Carter succeeds from the touchline. What a fabulous start. 

  123. Try - Kaino

    South Africa 3-5 New Zealand

    Jerome Kaino scores a try

    Never startle a predator. You don't want to make them angry. New Zealand building momentum... All Blacks spin it wide... Richie McCaw to Jerome Kaino and the flanker gallops down the right wing! He brushes off the challenge of Lodewyk De Jager and touches down in the corner like a winger.

  124. Penalty - Pollard

    South Africa 3-0 New Zealand

    New Zealand messing up South Africa's line-out illegally. A rare Dan Carter mistake leading to a throw-in for the Boks. 

    An early sighter for Handre Pollard. The outside-half hits it true. Three points the reward for the Springboks' early dominance. 

  125. South Africa 0-0 New Zealand

    Jesse Kriel of South Africa

    Damian de Allende runs straight and hard, as he will for the remaining 78 minutes you'd have thought... Springboks recycling...Oof! Jesse Kriel bursts through midfield, gains yards and yards... The underdogs on the up. A fabulous start. 

  126. Kick-off

    South Afcia 0-0 New Zealand

    Aaron Smith of New Zealand kicks

    Jerome Garces is the man in charge of making sure everyone obeys the laws of the game. The Frenchman gives out a short, sharp shrill. Boot to ball from Handre Pollard and this semi-final is under way. 

  127. 'Cool'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Former England international Jeremy Guscott enjoyed that pre-match ritual from New Zealand...

  128. The haka

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Goosebump-inducing anthems. South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer eyes shut, head back...

    But now it's time for the war dance. The All Blacks, frothing at the mouth, eyeballs like saucers, form an arrow - a new routine for this tournament, of course. 

    And they're off: "'Tis death ’Tis death ’Tis life ’Tis life...This is the hairy man..." South Africa fans sing in the background but nothing can dim the ferocity of the All Black cry. 

    New Zealand haka
  129. New Zealand team news

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    To New Zealand's line-up. The All Blacks make one change from the quarter-final mauling of France as Joe Moody replaces injured prop Wyatt Crockett.

    Crockett has not recovered from the groin injury he suffered during the 62-13 win.

    Moody, 27, was only called into the squad because of a tournament-ending injury suffered by Tony Woodcock.

    Winger Nehe Milner-Skudder, scorer of five tries in the tournament, has shaken off a shoulder knock and starts.

    New Zealand
  130. Pre-match coach chat

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    New Zealand coach Steve Hansen

    South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer: "We respect New Zealand but we have got to take the game to them. It will go right to the last second."

    New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen on Meyer's claim his team are the best Test side ever: "He’s trying to get us into false sense of security. We know them well and they know us well. We know they want to rip our heads off."

  131. Fireworks and fanfare

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Teams line-up ahead of the match

    Pyrotechnics light up the Twickenham sky as the players step into a crackling atmosphere. 

    The stadium is jam-packed, everyone standing for the anthems, some with hands on their hearts, chests puffed out, a wonderful mixture of green and black. 

  132. Big Easy backs his boys

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Both sets of teams are forming orderly lines in the bowels of the stadium. Everyone looking ahead, no sideways glances to the men they're going to ruffle up. 

    And South African golfer Ernie Els seems pretty excited...

  133. South Africa team news

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Who are representing South Africa today? The Boks have named an unchanged starting line-up.

    The good news is that lock Lood de Jager and hooker Bismarck du Plessis have both recovered from injuries sustained in the 23-19 quarter-final win against Wales.

    In the only change to the squad, 38-year-old second-row Victor Matfield is named as a replacement having recovered from a hamstring injury.

    South Africa team
  134. BBC Coverage

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

  135. 10 minutes until kick-off

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    The players have finished their warm-up and just as the semi-finalists depart the field, the raindrops cease to fall from the clouds. We're 10 minutes from the start of the first semi-final humdinger. 

  136. All Blacks by five?

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    His side went out last week, so former Scotland international and now Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend is backing the boys in black. 

  137. Get involved

    #bbcrugby

    Some dedicated folk over in New Zealand have risen at an unwelcome hour (03:30 in the morning) to watch their team...

  138. Who will be buying the beers?

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Victory or beer? There will be some solace for the defeated coach this evening because he will at least quench the thirst with a bottle of the amber nectar. 

    Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has revealed that he and counterpart Steve Hansen have set up a drown-your-sorrows self-help group. 

    "We started a tradition way back," explained the South African this week.  "The first time I lost to him [in Dunedin], I was very down. I didn't know Steve, but he came over and brought me a beer.

    "The second game we played [in Johannesburg] was very close but we lost that game as well. I didn't want to go to the post-match function, but he came looking for me and gave me another beer.

    "I've said to him: 'Steve, I can't wait for the day when I can bring you a beer'. When we beat him at Ellis Park in October 2014, I said: 'First time we beat you, I'll bring you a case of beer'.

    "We've got a tradition now, so hopefully on Saturday I can take him a whole case of beer."

    Beer
  139. Cheeky, Mr Roberts

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Wales centre Jamie Roberts is in London, but his World Cup ended last weekend with that quarter-final defeat by South Africa. The man beside him is not former Wales flanker Martyn Williams, of course. Definitely not. 

  140. Dominant All Blacks

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Hopefully the South African team have not been reading New Zealand's World Cup stats. If they have, they may decide there's no point taking to the field. 

    New Zealand v South Africa
  141. 'Back-row battle royale'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "These are arguably the two best back-rows in the world that know each other incredibly well. In among the physicality and brutality, over the next couple of hours it will all be about who thinks about their roles the best. 

    "Those six players are so influential, and we've seen in this tournament that which ever back-row dominates, that team dominates the game."

  142. Get involved

    #bbcrugby

    Twickenham gradually filling up, players still warming up...

  143. Get involved

    #bbcrugby

  144. Don't stand in front of The Bus

    New Zealand v South Africa (16:00 BST)

    Talking of Julian Savea...

    "He's left roadkill everywhere," said former All Black Andrew Mehrtens during his BBC Radio 5 live commentary as he watched compatriot Savea bump off French defenders and thunder to the line for a particularly memorable try.  

    The All Black winger, nicknamed 'The Bus', scored a hat-trick of tries against the French and became the tournament's leading try scorer, taking his tally to eight. 

    One more try and he will have scored the most tries at a single World Cup, surpassing Jonah Lomu (8 in 1999) and Bryan Habana (8 in 2007). 

    Julian Savea
  145. Savea v Springboks

    South Africa v New Zealand

    Can Julian Savea - New Zealand's one-man wrecking ball - get past South Africa today?

  146. Massive attack

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Springboks flanker Schalk Burger told us something in the pre-match chat that we all already knew - that the All Blacks' razor-sharp attack is "phenomenal". 

    The world champions have ruthlessly steamrolled over every team in their path, topping the try-scoring chart in the process. 

    But the South Africans are no slouches in an attacking sense either, currently in a podium position in the race for most tries, clean breaks, carries, metres and defenders beaten.

    Here's how their attacking armories compare...

    South Africa
    New Zealand
  147. 'Australia v All Blacks in final'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half speaking on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I've always thought from the start that the way the paths and pulls worked out that Australia and New Zealand would meet in the final. Not a lot I've seen has changed my mind from that, although both games this weekend will be competitive. There'll be some drama, no doubt."

  148. 'All Blacks very, very good'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half speaking on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I don't agree that the decades marry in, that you can compare great teams with great teams in the now. But this All Blacks team is very,very good and they could become one of the best teams ever."

  149. 'Boks have to over-perform'

    South Africa v New Zeland (16:00 BST)

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: South Africa have to over-perform because the All Blacks are the best team in world. Since they last lifted the [World Cup] trophy they have lost three games. That's an incredible statistic."
  150. 'Boks will be direct'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

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    Quote Message: The Springboks know how to beat the All Blacks. They've done it in the Rugby Championship. They won't play an expansive game, they will be very direct against the All Blacks. It's the only chance they have to win the game." from Tim Horan Former Australia centre
    Tim HoranFormer Australia centre
  151. Ben backs the Boks

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Ben Cohen - one of England's World Cup-winning heroes in 2003 - reckons it's all about the Springboks today.

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  152. Get involved #bbcrugby

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Is the current All Black crop the best that's ever been? Send us your rugby chit-chat by tweeting #bbcrugby or texting  81111 (UK only) - remember to include your name and where you’re tuning in from. 

    And you can post on the BBC Sport Facebook page. Send us a letter if you wish, it might get to us for the final. 

  153. 'Boks need to mix it up'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    New Zealand
    Quote Message: South Africa need to mix it up. They need to believe they can do it because this All Blacks team is formulating a pretty incredible record. This New Zealand team is very good and could become one of the best teams ever."
  154. Unstoppable?

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    New Zealand
    Quote Message: New Zealand have 15 players who take to the field and then they have another 15 players who would easily slot into that team... and they’d probably still be number one in the world. If this team secure back-to-back World Cups they will be the best All Blacks team of all time." from Tim Horan Former Australia centre
    Tim HoranFormer Australia centre
  155. Top of the class

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    How good have New Zealand been since winning the World Cup on home soil? Heyneke Meyer's thoughts are based on solid facts. 

    The All Blacks have been beaten just the three times and drawn just two matches since 23 October 2011. They've won 48 matches, which calculates into a 92% success rate - A*, top of the class, enough to get them entrance into Oxbridge.

    Richie McCaw
  156. 'The greatest that's ever been'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    The Wales team of the 1950s? England in 2003? The All Blacks side of 1987 or Australia in 1984? Which has been the greatest team in history? 

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer made his thoughts clear this week, saying it was the current All Blacks side.

    "This is the best team to have ever played the game," said the South African. "If you look at their run after the World Cup, they've just got better after the previous World Cup and that doesn't happen in world rugby. It will need our best performance probably ever to beat them."

    Wales 1950 team
    Australia 1984 team
  157. 'French felt full wrath'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    England's World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward said they were a pleasure to watch. Those watching looked on in awe. Nine tries. A demolition. The All Blacks superb in their 62-13 demolition of France. 

    South Africa have taken note. 

    "They didn’t just stick the knife in, they put it in and turned it and the French felt the full wrath,” said prop Jannie Du Plessis earlier this week.

    New Zealand v South Africa
  158. Special Burger

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    There are stats to back up Jeremy Guscott's claims because Schalk Burger is a monster of a flanker. He's made 80 carries - 20 more than any other player at this tournament - and he also ranks third for most tackles (55) and third for most offloads (17).

    Schalk Burger
  159. 'Boks will terrorise breakdown'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    But there is hope for South Africa. Why? I'll let Jeremy Guscott tell you. 

    "In Duane Vermeulen, Francois Louw and Schalk Burger, the Springboks have got three tearaways who will absolutely terrorise the breakdown," he says. 

    "Not only that, but in second rows Lood de Jager - arguably the best lock in the competition - and Eben Etzebeth, they have other big ball-carriers who are conspicuous in all the rucks and mauls."

    Francois Louw (left) with Schalk Burger
  160. 'An explosion of rugby'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    I know what you're all thinking - what has Jeremy Guscott have to say about this match? 

    The former England international predicts an "explosion of rugby", a semi-final which will be "unbelievable in its intensity". 

    In his latest BBC Sport column, Guscott says: "This All Blacks side is the smartest rugby team. They are definitely the best in the rugby brain department, and this is where they have the edge. They appear to have the answer for most predicaments. Whatever the Boks throw at them, they will have an answer."

    Dan Carter
  161. Sonny Bill's charitable donation

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Sonny Bill Williams is about to play in one of the most important games of his career, but the New Zealander has found time to think of others. 

  162. Jog down memory lane

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Talking of strolling the streets. Twenty years ago, South Africa won the World Cup by beating New Zealand. And twenty years ago, the Springboks prepared for the 1995 final by going for a morning run through Johannesburg.

    Today, members of that squad - led by their inspirational captain Francois Pienaar - pounded the streets of London. 

    Pienaar and his former team-mates were joined by hundreds of Springboks fans as they set off from Trafalgar Square on a two-mile trot, before leading a stirring rendition of the South African national anthem in front of the statue of former president Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square.

    Mandela, of course, presented Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup in one of the most iconic images in political and sporting history.

    South Africa
  163. Getting busy in TW2

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    All roads lead to rugby HQ...

  164. Personalise the BBC Sport app

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Is there time for one final public announcement?  

    Whoever you support, whichever sports you follow, you can now get all the sport that matters to you on one page. 

    In the BBC Sport app, you can now create a My Sport page which will become your one-stop shop with news, live coverage and stats tailored to your interests. 

    The key benefits of My Sport are: 

    • Get all the latest news, reports and features in one place, on the topics you are interested in 
    • Scores, results and fixtures for your football teams are automatically updated on your My Sport page 
    • My Sport is easy to set-up and edit. You can add or remove topics, and re-order.

    You can find out more about the new My Sport page here. Thanks for listening. 

  165. BBC coverage

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    "This is all very exciting stuff, but how can I watch it?" Yes, yes, we hear you. 

    Well, you can't watch it. Well, you can, but let's not go into that. As well as these words, there's live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live, which you will be able to listen to by clicking on the speaker icon, or the live coverage tab, at the top of this page. 

    And don't forget you can get score alerts zapped to your phone via the BBC Sport App. 

    BBC coverage
  166. Semi-finals and Ant and Dec...

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    So how should players approach a World Cup semi-final? Here's the view of someone who has been there, done it, got the T-shirt...

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    Quote Message: I’d like to think the players will be as calm as possible, eat normal food, go about their normal business. If they try and do anything different that’s when you get in trouble. It drove me absolutely bonkers when the bigger the game got the more meetings we had. I wanted to lie in and watch Ant and Dec on television."
  167. Boks going for a hat-trick

    New Zealand v South Africa (16:00 BST)

    But if you thought history, and the stats, were against South Africa then there is good news for those supporting the men in green. 

    Here's the flip side - South Africa are one of two sides to hold a winning record over the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup (the other being Australia), while another win would ensure the Springboks become the first team to beat the All Blacks three times in the competition.

    New Zealand v South Africa
  168. What happened when they last met?

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    It was July. The year 2015., and it was another classic as the world's best battled the second best. 

    Six minutes from the end, a Richie McCaw try proved decisive as the All Blacks won 27-20 in the Rugby Championship. According to the Daily Telegraph, it was another reminder of "just how far New Zealand are in front of not just South Africa but every other team on the planet". 

    Not much changes in three months. 

    McCaw's try came from a brilliant line-out move - but the All Blacks say they have no match-winning moves to unleash on the Springboks today. And they said so with straight faces.

    Kieran Read with Shalk Burger
  169. Get involved

    #bbcrugby

  170. The head-to-head record

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    What else does history tell us?  New Zealand have won 10 of the last 12 Tests between the two sides, with their defeats in that run happening in South Africa.  

    And there's something for South Africa to chew on at least because the Springboks have a better record against the All Blacks than any other country - a 39% success rate from their 90 encounters. 

    New Zealand v South Africa
  171. A fierce history

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Why is this such a special rivalry? It is a rugby scrap which began with an All Blacks victory in Dunedin in 1921 and has since had 89 editions, and there is as much history off the pitch as there is on it. 

    But here are the stats: if you thought the All Blacks have always been superior, think again because the Springboks were initially the better side in the original battles, winning nine of the first 14 Tests. 

    But the All Blacks learned and perfected, adapted and honed  - and in 1956 inflicted a first defeat on South Africa since 1903. Fast-forward to the professional era and it's the men in black who come out on top, winning 33 of the 45 matches between the two. 

    All Blacks
  172. 'Ultimate rivals'

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Quote Message: South Africa are our ultimate rival. That’s not to talk down the other great nations we play but I think most of our guys would agree there’s something special about playing them. from Conrad Smith New Zealand
    Conrad SmithNew Zealand
    Conard Smith
  173. Twickenham prepares

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Former England captain Will Carling has been hanging around Twickenham's corridors. [Mr Carling, some people don't like it when you loiter near the changing room door...]

  174. Rain, rain, rain

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Former England hooker Brian Moore has been deployed near a window and is charged with looking skywards until kick-off. 

  175. The weatherman says...

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Goodbye unseasonably balmy afternoons, hello skies the colour of dirty dishwater. The ground is no longer as firm under foot as it was, and the ball doesn't stick in the hand as it once did. 

    Dark clouds are expected to dump their load over Twickenham at some point during this afternoon. Will the weather favour the Springboks? Some say it will, some say it could prevent the All Blacks from playing their all-action off-loading game. 

    Twickenham forecast
  176. Twickenham chills

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Twickenham

    "Grey and damp in south-west London, the weather more Stewart Island than Stellenbosch. But bosh there will be when All Blacks and Springboks come together in a few hours, this the equivalent of a heavyweight title fight between two scarred sluggers with styles that can only clash."

  177. Cake, anyone?

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    You can always rely on a BBC Sport journalist to find the nearest sugar stash...

  178. The semi-finals

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Here's one for the stats lovers. Since the opening ceremony on the evening of the 18th September, 2,269 points have been scored - 257 tries, 183 conversions, five drop-goals and 201 penalties.

    Twenty teams have entertained and played their part in turning this into a fabulous festival of rugby. But now just four remain. 

    For those in need of a quick reminder, here's who will be fighting for a place next Saturday's final. 

    Saturday, 24 October: South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Sunday, 25 October: Argentina v Australia (16:00 BST)

    New Zealand v South Africa
  179. The Southern Hemisphere Cup

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    Hello! Welcome to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals or, in other words, the Rugby Championship. 

    What started as a competition for the world has now been trimmed and chopped into a battle between the southern elite. They have the weather, the wine and, so it seems, the best rugby teams on the planet. 

    The northern hemisphere, we thank you for taking part, but now it's a do-or-die skirmish between the rugby beasts from the other side of the equator. 

    World Cup semi-finals
  180. The birth of a great rivalry

    South Africa v New Zealand (16:00 BST)

    1921. What a year. Who would have thought so much could happen in a mere 12 months, but those were the roaring twenties for you. 

    Albert Einstein was awarded a Nobel Prize in physics, car discs were introduced, Harry Secombe was born. And there's more. Babe Ruth was hitting home runs, and arrested for speeding. 

    And the greatest rivalry in rugby union begun. 1921. What a year. 

    Albert Einstein
    Harry Secombe