Rugby:New Zealand ,S. Africa, Australia and Argentina secure spots in World Cup Semi-Finals

Rugby:New Zealand ,S. Africa, Australia and Argentina secure spots in World Cup Semi-Finals

Rugby:New Zealand ,S. Africa, Australia and Argentina secure spots in World Cup Semi-Finals

Written by Tharushan Fernando

19 Oct, 2015 | 6:26 pm

A close game at Twickenham was settled by a moment of magic from Springboks scrumhalf Fourie du Preez.

Wales led 13-12 at halftime after a great chip and catch by Dan Biggar set up Gareth Davies to score under the posts, with Biggar also landing a penalty and a drop goal in the last action of the half.

The two teams went head to head till the final few minutes when a late try by Fourie du Preez and the boot of Handre Pollard sent South Africans into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals with a 23-19 victory over Wales, keeping the Springboks in the run to win a third World cup.

Fly-Half Dan Carter converted 7 tries adding a penalty for a personal tally of 17 points as the All blacks crushed France 62-13, last Saturday

New Zealand sent a clear warning with their onslaught on France that they have no intention of letting go of their crown with plans on winning the title abroad for the first time.

Winger Julian Savea scored his second hat-trick of the tournament as the All Blacks steamrolled the French in Cardiff.

Argentina scored two late tries to keep their run at the Cup alive, as they beat Ireland, 43-20.

The South Americans raced away to a 17-0 lead inside the first 13 minutes after Matias Moroni and Juan Imhoff scored tries.

Ireland, riddled by injuries and suspensions, responded with tries from Luke Fitzgerald and Jordi Murphy to cut the margin to three points, but they never got back on level terms at an electric Millennium Stadium.

Argentina fly-half, Nicolas Sanchez booted five penalties to keep the scoreboard kicking along and the Pumas sealed victory with tries by fullback Joaquin Tuculet and a second from Imhoff.

A controversial penalty by Benard Foley gave Australia victory over Scotland at Twickenham on Sunday.

The Wallabies were met toe-to-toe by the Scottish lads, and seemed to have the game in the bag when Mark Bennet scored a try off an interception right under the post giving the Sots a two point lead with the conversion.

But Scotland’s celebrations were short lived when South African referee Craig Joubert awarded Australia a penalty for offside, despite the ball appearing to come off a Wallaby shirt and among an anguished crowd fly-half Foley kept his composure to split the posts.

The Defending Champs New Zealand will take on South Africa’s Springboks in the first semi-final on Saturday 24th October while Argentina will take on Australia Sunday,October 25th.

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