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Last updated: 25 Oct 2023
Ben Darvill 25 Oct 2023
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New Zealand are backed to win the Rugby World Cup (Getty Images)
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New Zealand vs South Africa Tips


New Zealand hammered Argentina in their World Cup semi-final to move to within a single win of a record-breaking fourth World Cup crown. 
  • New Zealand vs South Africa Tips
  • New Zealand's Route To The Final 
  • New Zealand Form 
  • South Africa's Route To The Final 
  • South Africa Form 

South Africa had the mother of all scares in the semi-finals as they were indebted to a late Handre Pollard penalty as they beat England 16-15. 

New Zealand's Route To The Final 


  • France 27 New Zealand 13
  • New Zealand 71 Namibia 3
  • New Zealand 96 Italy 17
  • New Zealand 73 Uruguay 0
  • New Zealand 28 Ireland 24
  • New Zealand 44 Argentina 6 

New Zealand Form 


New Zealand were excellent against Argentina in their World Cup semi-final as they hammered the Pumas 44-6. 

Their running rugby was as incisive and devastating as ever, but it was their defence that really impressed, with the side not conceding a try in the game and constantly forcing Argentina to infringe on the floor and make unforced errors. The ferocity and precision of their play without the ball will be key against South Africa. 

New Zealand have already shown that they can beat the best, downing Ireland in one of the greatest World Cup quarter-finals of all time, and they have the benefit of an extra day's rest following a match in which they were not pushed very hard. 

Could an easier semi-final prove to be the difference in this one? Whatever happens, if New Zealand are to win then they will have to be at their best with and without the ball. 

South Africa's Route To The Final 


  • South Africa 18 Scotland 3
  • South Africa 76 Romania 0
  • Ireland 13 South Africa 8 
  • South Africa 49 Tonga 8
  • South Africa 29 France 28
  • South Africa 16 England 15

South Africa Form 


South Africa can count themselves very lucky to be in the Rugby World Cup Final after leading for all of a few minutes against a spirited England in the last round.

The Springboks failed to ever really get going, but that was a testament to England and how they played. Following that match, South Africa will have some very sore bodies in the camp, while they will worry that their inability to get going may strike against a side that are far more likely to score tries than England. 

The Springboks will look to create a platform for themselves with their set-piece, but they cannot solely count on their scrum. Indeed, England did a good job on their set piece, matching them at the scrum for much of the game, while the lineout was hardly solid. If South Africa are to win this one then they will have to be far better than last week. 

Verdict

I am backing the All Blacks to win this one and end South Africa reign as the world champions. I am backing Beauden Barrett to get on the scoresheet, with the back always finding a way to shine for the All Blacks in the biggest matches. 

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