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RWC: New Zealand and Argentina Advance to Semi-Finals

RWC: New Zealand and Argentina Advance to Semi-Finals

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final hoodoo did a number on them once more as they were knocked out of the 2023 Rugby World Cup by New Zealand. The All Blacks managed to get over the line in a nail-biting 28-24 victory. In a game, they made it hard for themselves by playing 20 minutes of it with 14 men.

The All Blacks stormed into the lead, going 13 – 0 up. Only for the first half to end 18 -17 in favor of the All Blacks. Ireland racked up 37 phases in the closing moments of the game needing a try to win. However, a solid defensive effort from the New Zealanders managed to keep them out with Sam Whitelock causing the eventual turnover and penalty.

Ardie Savea received the Man of the Match award at the end of the game. But, the award could have gone to a host of All Blacks. The All Blacks knew they all had to have a flawless performance to thwart Ireland’s 17-match unbeaten run, and boy did they step up. Despite Aaron Smith and Codie Taylor’s yellow cards. The All Blacks found a way to weather the Irish storm in a game they seemed to always be ahead as the Irish played catch-up rugby.

 

Johhny Sexton played his last game for the Irish and will, unfortunately, walk away from the game without progressing to a World Cup Semi-Final. Joining a list of Irish legends like Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan Ogara who also failed to overcome the hoodoo.

It’s Argentina next for the All Blacks as they swept Wales aside in the earlier match winning 29 -17. Whether Fiji and South Africa will complete a Southern Hemisphere semi-final is another question for tonight. However, New Zealand and Argentina can celebrate tonight before the week of preparation starts again on Monday.

Ian Foster’s credibility has received a major boost as his selections were justified once more. It’s all to play for next weekend as New Zealand takes on a familiar foe in Argentina. Both teams will need to be weary as cup-final fixtures are certainly not guaranteed to anyone. Something the world number 1 ranked team is certainly aware of now.

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