South Africa and New Zealand will renew one of the greatest and most bitter rivalries in rugby in their World Cup semi-final at Twickenham on Saturday. Check out here our SOUTH AFRICA v NEW ZEALAND betting preview with predictions, best tips, enhanced odds, starting XVs, betting bonuses and no deposit free bets!
SOUTH AFRICA v NEW ZEALAND BETTING PREVIEW
The Springboks have had a poor season by their standards. They beat Wales at Twickenham in a very tough quarter final with a late try from Fourie de Preez in the 75th minute. In the pool stage South Africa recovered from their shock defeat to Japan in their opening match but came through their pool in top position with relatively comfortable victories against Samoa, USA and Scotland.
There are no changes to the run on side that beat Wales. Influential lock Lood de Jager has returned from injury and hooker Bismarck du Plessis will also start the game. Veteran lock Victor Matfield takes a seat on the bench.
New Zealand hammered 62-13 France in Cardiff in their quarter final, putting on by far their most convincing display of the tournament. The All Blacks topped Pool C with four straight wins with an average margin of victory of 34 points. Only Argentina managed to test them as the Kiwi had to come from behind in the final quarter to turn things around against the Pumas. The All Blacks have scored the most tries in the tournament (34), eight more than the next team on the list.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has made one enforced change as prop Wyatt Crockett misses out due to a groin injury suffered during last weekend's quarter-final match.
Joe Moody replaces Crockett, with Ben Franks moving on to the bench. Winger Nehe Milner-Skudder is also in doubt with a shoulder complaint, however the New Zealand camp looks optimistic about his chances of playing.
The All Blacks have a 59 per cent win ratio against the Springboks over their past 90 meetings. They have won 10 of the past 12 direct matches, including a 27-20 success at Ellis Park in July.
- 2015: South Africa v New Zealand, Johannesburg All Blacks won 20-27
- 2014: South Africa v New Zealand, Johannesburg Springboks won 27-25
- 2014: New Zealand v South Africa, Wellington All Blacks won 14-10
- 2013: South Africa v New Zealand, Johannesburg All Blacks won 27-38
- 2013: New Zealand v South Africa, Auckland All Blacks won 29-15
- 2012: South Africa v New Zealand, Johannesburg All Blacks won 32-16
- 2012: New Zealand v South Africa, Dunedin All Blacks won 21-11
SOUTH AFRICA v NEW ZEALAND STARTING XVs
South Africa XV: 1. Tendai Mtawarira, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 3. Frans Malherbe, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Lodewyk de Jager, 6. Francois Louw, 7. Schalk Burger , 8. Duane Vermeulen, 9. Fourie du Preez (captain), 10. Handré Pollard, 11. Bryan Habana, 12. Damian De Allende, 13. Jesse Kriel, 14. JP Pietersen, 15. Willie le Roux.
Replacements: 16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Jannie du Plessis, 19. Victor Matfield, 20. Willem Alberts, 21. Ruan Pienaar, 22. Pat Lambie, 23. Jan Serfontein
New Zealand XV: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Richie McCaw (captain), 8. Kieran Read, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Daniel Carter, 11. Julian Savea, 12. Ma'a Nonu, 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Nehe Milner-Skudder, 15. Ben Smith
Replacements:16. Keven Mealamu, 17. Ben Franks, 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19. Victor Vito, 20. Sam Cane, 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22. Beauden Barrett, 23. Sonny Bill Williams
SOUTH AFRICA v NEW ZEALAND BEST ODDS
|SOUTH AFRICA||11.00 with||Bet £10, win £110.00|
|THE DRAW||34.00 with||Bet £10, win £340.00|
|NEW ZEALAND||4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
SOUTH AFRICA v NEW ZEALAND PREDICTIONS
- Winner: New Zealand @ 4.00
- Winning Margin: New Zealand 21-30 @ 6.50
- Anytime try-scorer: Julian Savea @ 2.50
- First scoring play: New Zealand penalty @ 2.38
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