RWC Semi-Finals: New Zealand edge out South Africa, Ashley-Cooper inspires Australia to final

New Zealand booked their place in a second successive Rugby World Cup final as the All-Blacks edged out South Africa 20-18 in a tight affair at Twickenham to keep hopes of becoming the first nation to retain the World Cup alive.

Jerome Kaino helped New Zealand to early lead as he touched down in the corner as Dan Carter followed up with the conversion to give the All-Blacks an early 7-3 lead inside the first tem minutes.

Beaudean Barrett's try helped New Zeland reach a second successive RWC final image:

Beaudean Barrett’s try helped New Zealand reach a second successive RWC final

However, South Africa fought back and a quartet of penalties from Handre Pollard saw the Springboks take a 12-7 lead into the break but New Zealand responded in style as Beaudan Barrett’s 52nd minute try proved crucial in the All-Blacks victory.

Pat Lambie narrowed the gap to two-points with a penalty 11 minutes from time but the All-Blacks held on at a rain-soaked Twickenham to reach a fourth World Cup final.

New Zealand will face Australia in next Saturday’s final after Adam Ashley-Cooper’s hat-trick helped the Wallabies overcome Argentina 29-15 to reach a fourth Rugby World Cup final.

Rob Simmons got Australia off to a flyer as he touched down inside five minutes before Ashley-Cooper scored twice as the Wallabies held a 19-9 lead at half-time.

Argentina began to fight back as Nicolas Sanchez scored two penalties to reduce the deficit to seven points but with eight minutes remaining Ashley-Cooper struck again to complete his hat-trick to help Australia to their first final since 2003.

Adam Ashely-Cooper's hat-trick helped Australia reach a fourth RWC final image:

Adam Ashely-Cooper’s hat-trick helped Australia reach a fourth RWC final

Semi-Final Results

South Africa 18-20 New Zealand
Argentina 15-29 Australia

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