New Zealand charges in to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after crushing France 62-13 at the Millennium Stadium last Saturday. Their dominating performance against Les Bleus puts All Blacks into another position for winning the Rugby World Cup for a third time, according to Sydney Morning Herald.
?It was a pretty special performance, there?s no doubt about that,? New Zealand coach Steve Hansen told Sydney Morning Herald. ?There?s a difference between pool play and knockout play and obviously that creates an edge in itself, because if you don?t turn up you go home.?
The All Blacks players might be a bit old compared to the previous New Zealand teams, but their wise and calm composure when handling significant amounts of pressure have their own advantage. ?All we?ve done today is earned a chance to play in a semi-final,? All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said, according to Sydney Morning Herald. ?What happened tonight, we?re happy about that, but come Monday we have to start again because there will be three other teams all with the same attitude.
?I?ve learnt the hard way that you don?t get ahead of yourself.? The journey for the All Black to the finish line might not get any easier as their next opponents are the amazing South Africa, who have been their more sizable threat yet.
?I?m already looking forward to that. I love playing South Africa because there?s a special relationship with that group that goes way, way back,? Coach Hansen said, according to Sydney Morning Herald. ?They?ve been the team that New Zealand had the greatest challenges with over many, many years and to be able to play them at the World Cup is something special.?
New Zealand will face South Africa for a spot in the finals on October 25, 2am (AEDT) Sunday at Twickenham.