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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 November, 2003, 07:12 GMT
C'watch: NZ 29-9 SA

All the action from the first quarter-final in Melbourne.


80mins: The final whistle is blown after Ali Williams is brought down inches from the line.

78mins: Spencer releases Howlett with a sublime pass that is adjudged marginally forward, much to the chagrin of the crowd.

76mins: Brad Thorne gets his hands on the ball and instantly makes good yardage upfield as Joost van der Westhuizen leaves the field in a Springbok shirt for the last time.

74mins: Richie McCaw goes to the floor with what looks like a nasty cut to the head. The number seven is finally led off as both sides make numerous changes.

72mins: The third try finally arrives - with Spencer again involved - as the fly-half flips the ball through his legs to Rokocoko who simply dives over in the corner. MacDonald's kick goes wide.
New Zealand 29-9 South Africa

71mins: Two steps from Spencer starts a great move with Collins and Melamu driving forward, but the ball is knocked on with the line beckoning.

69mins: The game becomes a scrappy affair as the Springboks attempt to run everything and, more often than not, knock on.

68mins: MacDonald slots a straightforward penalty to push his side 15 points ahead with 12 minutes to go.
New Zealand 24-9 South Africa

62mins: Christo Bezuidenhout is picked up and carried into touch inches from the line by Justin Marshall and Joe Rokocoko.

61mins: Schalk Burger comes on for Danie Rossouw as the Boks kick for the corner after earning a penalty.

60mins: Prop Richards Bands replaces Faan Rautenbach for the Boks, while Marty Holah replaces Richie McCaw (blood) for the Kiwis.

57mins: Impressive hooker Keven Mealamu ducks through two tackles and outpaces the defence to touch down for his second - and most important - try for his country.
New Zealand 21-9 South Africa

55mins: Mauger knocks on after a heavy tackle and Jaco van der Westhuyzen runs the ball out of defence only to find a lock, a prop and a hooker outside him. Unsurprisingly, the move fails to reach the halfway line.

54mins: Justin Marshall is forced out into the corner after some intense pressure - but South Africa will not take a backward step on their own line.

53mins: Kiwi number eight Collins charges downfield after a powerful hand-off . Spencer comes close with two dance-like steps to wrongfoot the defence, yards from the line.

50mins: Hougaard 's attempted break on the 22 earns a well deserved penalty for the Boks. The Blue Bulls fly-half trebles his tally.
New Zealand 16-9 South Africa

48mins: Springbok hooker John Smit is involved in an impressive passage of running rugby by the Boks - as the All Blacks knock on. Kees Meeuws replaces Dave Hewett for the Kiwis as a blood replacement.

46mins: Victor Matfield's pass goes straight into touch to bring an end to another promising passage of play from the Boks.

45mins: Aaron Mauger slots his first drop goal of the World Cup after a great 60 metre passage of play from the pack.
New Zealand 16-6 South Africa

43mins: Jorrie Muller makes a great break for the Springboks but fails to find Joost van der Westhuizen and is tackled yards short with the line beckoning.

41mins: Thinus Delport is replaced by Jaque Fourie, after the centre was hit hard by Collins in the opening half.

40mins: The game re-starts as South Africa hope to continue the form they showed in the closing minutes of the opening half.


38mins: Hougaard gives his side a boost before the whistle is blown, with his second penalty of the half to double the Springboks' tally.
New Zealand 13-6 South Africa

37mins: South Africa earn their best field position so far - with a scrum inside the 22. Number eight Juan Smith and Joost van der Westhuizen combine well - but the scrum-half is forced out near the corner flag.

34mins: The Springboks have a clear overlap but needlessly spill the ball - and they continue to kick what little possession they have, away.

32mins: After half an hour, the Boks finally secure some ball and attempt to spread it wide. But De Wet Barry is stopped and the Kiwis win a penalty for offside. MacDonald adds his third kick of the night.
New Zealand 13-3 South Africa

28mins: Hougaard again finds himself clearing from behind his own line as the pressure builds. The omens do not look good for South Africa who simply cannot get their hands on the ball.

26mins: Aaron Mauger glides through the Springbok defence but Corne Krige brings him down with a captain's tackle to save a certain try.

25mins: Spencer's second drop goal - this time from directly in front of the sticks - again goes wide, as the crowd jeer the decision not to keep the ball in hand.

22mins: Spencer's drop goal from just metres out hits the post, but the decision was flawed with a four man overlap outside him.

19mins: The Springboks win a kickable penalty but the decision is reversed after Corne Krige is caught stamping.

18mins: Hougaard attempts a long-range drop goal but the ball flies wide.

17mins: Carlos Spencer jinks through two tackles and outflanks four more with a burst of pace just outside his 22, to release MacDonald who touches over with ease. The centre adds the extras.
New Zealand 10-3 South Africa

15mins: All Black number eight Jerry Collins mysteriously runs the ball into touch without a hand being laid on him.

14mins: South Africa earns a penalty chance directly from the re-start when Mealamu is penalised for holding on, on the floor. Derick Hougaard brings the scores level.
New Zealand 3-3 South Africa

13mins: A superb drive from the pack pushes South Africa back onto their own, thanks to some powerful work from Chris Jack and hooker Keven Mealamu. Leon MacDonald's kicks sails through.
New Zealand 3-0 South Africa

8mins: The game is stopped as Chris Jack searches for a new pair of shorts.

6mins: Justin Marshall makes a searing break but fails to spot Doug Howlett cutting a superb line, yards from the line.

4mins: De Wet Barry puts in a ferocious hit on Aaron Mauger to clear the Springbok line.

2mins: Springbok captain Corne Krige is penalised for 'hands in the ruck' on his own 22, after the All Blacks' opening move of the match. Leon MacDonald's kick is pulled across the face of the posts.

0738: Spencer reverses the kick off and South Africa knock on.

0736: Carlos Spencer leads a particularly menacing Haka as referee Tony Spreadbury prepares to kick off.

0732: Both sides line-up for the anthems after the two captains lead them out into a superb atmosphere in Melbourne.

The southern hemisphere heavyweights meet in a mouth-watering encounter.

New Zealand have made just one change from the team that beat Wales, lock Chris Jack returning in place of Brad Thorn.

Number eight Jerry Collins has received intense treatment for sore ribs but has been named in the side and is expected to play.

South Africa also show only one new face from the team that started against Samoa in their last pool match.

Danie Rossouw comes in for Joe van Niekerk, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.


New Zealand: M Muliaina, D Howlett, L MacDonald, A Mauger, J Rokocoko; C Spencer, J Marshall; D Hewett, K Mealamu, G Somerville; A Williams, C Jack; R Thorne (capt), R McCaw, J Collins.
Replacements: M Hammett, K Meeuws, B Thorn, M Holah, S Devine, D Carter, C Ralph.

South Africa: J van der Westhuizen, A Willemse, J Muller, D-W Barry, T Delport, D Hougaard, J van der Westhuizen; C Bezuidenhout, J Smit, F Rautenbach, B Botha, V Matfield, C Krige (capt), D Rossouw, J Smith.
Replacements: D Coetzee, R Bands, S Boome, S Burger, N de Kock, L Koen, J Fourie.





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