Who advances to the 2023 Rugby World Cup final after the Boks take on England, and the All Blacks battle the Pumas in Paris?
Though the bodies may be feeling a bit tender after a dramatic quarter-final, the Boks will be oozing confidence after grinding out a spectacular victory against the World Cup hosts in the French capital.
Meanwhile, some would argue that England, who pipped Fiji in their brutal quarter-final showdown, are undercooked heading into the semi-finals to face the world champion Boks.
England’s toughest match of the tournament was undoubtedly against the Fijians, but the brutality of that contest was insignificant in comparison to the magnitude of the Boks’ victory over France.
South Africa and England have battled each other five times at previous World Cups, with England’s only victory in the pool stages of the 2003 tournament the Red Roses eventually won.
Can England replicate these heroics or will it be business as usual for the Boks against a familiar foe?
In similar fashion to the Boks, Argentina and the All Blacks stunned their European opponents when they were all but written off ahead of the quarter-finals.
Two late tries saw the Pumas claw their way into the lead against Wales to secure a semi-final spot, while the All Blacks delivered a defensive masterclass intertwined with moments of offensive brilliance to knock heavily-favoured Ireland out of the tournament.
History doesn’t favour the Pumas who have lost all three of the previous World Cup meetings against the All Blacks, but Michael Cheika will draw inspiration from his side’s first-ever victory over the Kiwis in New Zealand merely a year ago.
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