Argentina 3-0 New Zealand – Rugby World Cup LIVE: Pumas look to reach their first ever final by getting past the formidable All Blacks… and Emiliano Boffelli’s penalty gives them a strong start
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Try converted (3-7)
Richie Mo’unga makes no mistake from the tee and the All Blacks are in front.
TRY NEW ZEALAND (3-5) Jordan
The maul is scrappy again, Argentina are pulled in and the All Blacks then go wide with Jordan finishes comfortably on the wing for the first try of the game.
Poor discipline from Argentina in the maul (3-0)
New Zealand win their line-out and Argentina are penalised for players joining in from the side at the maul. The All Blacks again go for touch and will look to maul over the try line again.
Scrappy play causes Boffelli a problem (3-0)
Things got a bit scrappy there as Argentina;s line speed looked to try and disrupt the All Blacks. Boffelli goes in for a tackle but slides into the knees of a New Zealand player and receives medical attention as a result. He is ok to continue and New Zealand find touch with a penalty.
First points on the board for Argentina (3-0)
It’s a good kick from Emiliano Boffelli as he gets Argentina their first points on the board to take the lead.
Penalty Argentina (0-0)
The Pumas get a penalty right near the posts after Tyrel Lomax committed a tackle off the ball. Argentina will go for the posts.
Good forward play from Argentina (0-0)
The Pumas have made an encouraging start as they crash the ball up through their heavy forward back before quickly moving quickly to exploit space outside. 14 phases eventually end up with the All Blacks turning over and Smith prefers to find touch.
KICK OFF: Underway in Paris (0-0)
Argentina boot the ball up into the air and we are underway in the first Rugby World Cup semi-final. Stick with us throughout what we hope is going to be an absolute blinder of a game.
Anthems done, here comes the haka
Those were some emotional national anthems and now the All Blacks will carry out the famous haka while Argentina players stand together watching on.
Here come the players…
Its almost time for kick off as the players emerge from the tunnel at the Stade de France. The host nation might be out of the tournament but there is a huge reception inside the ground with tons of Argentina supporters lining the ground. Anthems next and then of course the haka.
Weather conditions will favour kicking game
Much like conditions in England, it’s chucking it down in Paris, and that means we should see plenty of kicking tonight from both teams full-backs and fly-halfs.
Phase play will be limited and deep kicks will be used to try and gain ground easily, so players will need to make sure they have the safest sets of hands tonight.
All Blacks full-back Beauden Barrett is brilliant in the rain and New Zealand will look to bring him into play as much as possible when they have the ball.
Watch out for Argentina's HUGE forward pack
The conditions are miserable tonight and that means we should see plenty of forward play with the biggest men from each team crashing the ball up.
That plays into the strength of the Argentinian pack with Thomas Gallo, Julián Montoya and Francisco Gómez huge ball carriers that will be tasked with breaking lines in the All Blacks defence.
The problem is they are up against the likes of Samuel Whitelock and Ardie Savea who are equally capable of causing damage.
All Blacks should be confident tonight
It won’t be a walkover by any means, but New Zealand should have enough to come through against Argentina tonight.
They don’t only have the experience to navigate through this stage of a World Cup, but also boast the superior individual talents.
Victory over the top ranked team in the world in the form of Ireland last time out was a show of New Zealand’s stregnth and a warning to other teams not to right them off.
Jordie Barrett’s kicking from the centre channels against Ireland last time out was one of the kyes to success and he will be influential again tonight, but New Zealand just have so many stars capable of getting over the try line.
History beckons for the Pumas
Argentina have been to this stage of the Rugby World Cup twice before, but have unfortunately never gone further.
The South American nation previously reached this stage in 2007 and 2015, tonight they hope to make history by forging a path to the final.
Defeats against South Africa and Australia previously hampered them from reaching that stage, New Zealand are the team that will be looking to inflict a third semi-final defeat tonight.
Dan Carter's pep talk hopes to inspire the All Blacks tonight
New Zealand coach Ian Foster insisted his team have learned from their 2019 semi-final defeat by England as they prepare for a last-four clash with Argentina with the help of Dan Carter.
The All Blacks have reached the business end of the World Cup for the fourth straight tournament although they were on the wrong end of a big upset in Japan.
The experienced stars hoping to take the All Blacks to the final
This New Zealand team is going through a period of transition, but there are still some experienced heads in the team that have the experience of making it to a RWC final.
Five members of today’s matchday squad have reached the final match before and each will be hoping to achieve that feat again tonight.
Brodie Retallick, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett and Sam Cane, and Sam Whitelock have done this all before, now only Argentina stand in their way.
Glory awaits, but for who?
TEAM NEWS: Argentina
If Argentina beat the All Blacks tonight then it could go down as one of the biggest sporting upsets in history and head coach Michael Cheika has brought in scrum-half Gonzalo Bertranou for Tomás Cubelli in the hope of doing so.
1 Thomas Gallo2 Julián Montoya (c)3 Francisco Gómez Kodela4 Guido Petti Pagadizabal5 Tomas Lavanini6 Juan Martin Gonzalez7 Marcos Kremer8 Facundo Isa9 Gonzalo Bertranou10 Santiago Carreras11 Mateo Carreras12 Santiago Chocobares13 Lucio Cinti14 Emiliano Boffelli15 Juan Cruz Mallia
16 Agustín Creevy17 Joel Sclavi18 Eduardo Bello19 Matias Alemanno20 Rodrigo Bruni21 Lautaro Bazan Velez22 Nicolas Sanchez23 Matías Moroni
TEAM NEWS: New Zealand
All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has made some key changes heading into tonight’s Rugby World Cup semi-final clash with left-wing Mark Tele’a back in the starting XV in place of Leicester Fainga’anuku who was dropped for disciplinary reasons.
ALL BLACKS TEAM
1 Ethan de Groot 2 Codie Taylor 3 Tyrel Lomax 4 Samuel Whitelock
5 Scott Barrett 6 Shannon Frizell 7 Sam Cane (c) 8 Ardie Savea
9 Aaron Smith 10 Richie Mo’unga 11 Mark Tele’a 12 Jordie Barrett
13 Rieko Ioane 14 Will Jordan 15 Beauden Barrett
16 Samisoni Taukei’aho 17 Tamaiti Williams 18 Fletcher Newell
19 Brodie Retallick 20 Dalton Papali’i 21 Finlay Christie
22 Damian McKenzie 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
Good evening and welcome to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals
Good evening and thanks for joining us on this special evening where the Rugby World Cup semi-finals are set to roar into life.
Only four teams are left in the tournament, New Zealand, Argentina, England and South Africa.
The All Blacks take on the Pumas at the Stade de France in Paris tonight before England try to somehow find a way past the reigning world champions tomorrow evening.
Kick off is at 8pm.
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