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Rugby World Cup 2023: Semi-Final Predictions

After one of the best quarter-final weekends of all time, the semi-finals look like foregone conclusions, and it seems fairly certain that either New Zealand or South Africa will be the winner of the World Cup for the 5th tournament in a row.

Whereas those matches in Paris could have gone either way last weekend with a different bounce of the ball, or a referee’s call going the other way, the semi-final picks look a bit more straightforward.

Here are my Rugby World Cup Semi-Final predictions.



New Zealand v Argentina

Having been written off after the manner of their opening night defeat to France, the All Blacks are back with a bang and I can’t see them slipping up here. They were outstanding against Ireland, racing into a lead and then defending it fiercely as the Irish came close. I expect to see more of the same this weekend, but the Pumas don’t have the same sort of quality as Ireland to push them all the way to the final whistle. New Zealand by 13

England v South Africa

There is no evidence to suggest that England can topple the reigning World Champions here. They have been awful to watch, preferring to kick possession away rather than trust their attack, they were beaten by Fiji in the warm-up matches before edging past them last weekend, they nearly lost to Samoa in the group stages, there is no clarity on team selection and they always look like a yellow card away from total implosion.

Meanwhile, the Springboks are now favourites to win the tournament. That match against France was the best game I have ever seen, and I’ve watched quite a few, elevating our sport to greater heights with a sublime combination of power, skills and intent. Nobody can live with the Boks at that level.

Anyone picking England to win is clinging vainly to hopes of an upset, an unlikely performance pulled out of nowhere to catch everyone by surprise, or a Springbok red card (would one be enough to give England a chance?) that changes the landscape of the game.. England by 2

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Really,England for a win?
Go Bokke
20 Oct 08:33
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Dien nie nie man ken sy rugby nie! Eerder by onderwater hokkie hou :)
Bokke by 16!! 21 Oct 08:22
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England Beat Argentina after getting a red card, maybe a red card for the boks will even the game a bit lol. I can't see the boks losing this one and feel that England might be in for a proper hiding before we face of against NZ to see who will be the 1st ever 4 time champion. #GOBOKKE
20 Oct 08:33
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\"Hulle weet nie wat ons weet nie\" 20 Oct 08:37
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England jammy win then?
20 Oct 08:56
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clearly gonna be a NZ v SA final
20 Oct 08:56
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JOH HUTCH..ONLY A VERY BRAVE MAN WITH HUGE COJONES WOULD CALL ENGLAND FOR A WIN AFTER WHAT WE HAVE ALL SEE IN THEIR PERFORMANCES THOUGHOUT THE TOURNAMENT...EVEN SO THEY ARE THE ONLY UNBEATEN TEAM OF THE SEMI FINALISTS...I DONT THINK HOWEVER THERE IS GOING TO BE ENOUGH JUICE IN THEIR TANK AFTER 30MIN OF ABUSE FROM THE SWARTWITPENSE...AND ON THE FLIP SIDE OF THE COIN ARGENTINA IS ALSO GONNA RUN OUT OF STEAM AND IMPLODE ON THEMSELVES AFTER THOWING EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK, A DEAD POLICE MAN AND VAT AT THE ALL BLACKS...ONLY FOR OLD SMILEY TO COME OFF THE BENCH AND FINISH IT OFF WITH A HUGE SMILE:) SEE YOU SWARTWITPENSE IN THE FINAL FOR AN EPIC EPIC ENCOUNTER
20 Oct 08:59
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Is that a typo?
20 Oct 09:04
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Clinging vainly to hopes ..... hoping for a red card or three... :)
Bokka by two converted tries at the least! 20 Oct 09:10
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"Anyone picking England to win is clinging vainly to hopes of an upset, an unlikely performance pulled out of nowhere to catch everyone by surprise" Did you say that Hutch? Suspect you hit the wrong button bru.. not too late to recant...Lmfao! 20 Oct 09:26
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HUTCH, you must be joking! ? Let me help you with this one. South Africa by at least 11 points.
20 Oct 09:18
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Biased much? Typical pommie
20 Oct 09:24
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GO BOKKE!!!!!!
20 Oct 09:38
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Typo
20 Oct 09:59
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Hutch, your track record speaks for itself. You were way off again last weekend.
20 Oct 10:10
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Hutch are you smoking those Churchill Cigars like Clive Woodward??? last week he predicted a
Northern Hemisphere clean sweep, this week he claims England will win by 3, and we all know what
happened last week.
20 Oct 10:11
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As a NH neutral, I want to see a Final that'll compete with what we saw in 2 of the ¼'s and that ain't coming if England or Argentina are involved.
NZ vs SA Final with my hopes on the All Blacks.
20 Oct 10:30
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England to cause an upset and maybe even Argentina too could cause an upset to make it an England vs Argentina Final with England taking the Honors. If NZ beat Argentina then if will be NZ vs England with NZ taking the Honors.
20 Oct 10:39
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You must be joking bru . How is your superbru pics going so far for this tournament???????.
I dont think it went so well this far, maybe youre taking chances so that it picks up. But i think you are dreaming dreams 20 Oct 11:51
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I'm reading that correctly England by 2? Hutch that is the pick for the RUGBY WORLD CUP SEMI this weekend right???? And not the soccer????? If England keep it under 50, that will be a win for them!!!!!
20 Oct 10:42
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Hutch rarely back the boks ... One day he\'ll learn. Fair play, gonna be a cracker!!
20 Oct 11:29
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I think we should not forget what happend to the Kiwis in 2019. Remember?. . .the Kiwis were the favourites to win the world cup, and England stole the final from them. I am not saying we should be concerned, but there is alot at stake in this last game. And I feel the English might give the Bokke a really good fight.

20 Oct 11:52
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Im sorry Hutch but your predictions were (to say the least) absolutely KAK (Shit in english) for this World Cup. Just for interest sakes what is your performance stats?
There is no way the Bokke will lose to that paltry side with their penalty driven captain.
Cheers Bokke
20 Oct 12:30
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Come on England
20 Oct 12:32
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@VikingKing, I am going against SA on this one. Bokke better start packing their bags lol
20 Oct 12:38
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England winning the Boks please... Atleas you are constantly wrong with one game every week 😆
20 Oct 13:43
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England really!
Player for player it is tight, but raw determined hard rugby poms can\'t for 80min
20 Oct 13:57
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England for a win?
We are in October not April,
Can't see that the English compete against the physicality of the Boks
20 Oct 14:28
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All I'm saying is that upsets DO and CAN happen!!!!
20 Oct 14:57
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But WILL NOT in this case!!! 21 Oct 06:09
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What??? Have you seen the Bokke play??? 😲
20 Oct 15:34
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Hutch..... whatever you\'re smoking....please add some tobacco...it might bring you back to reality!!!! Go Bokke!!!
20 Oct 17:01
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Hi everyone
The Argentina game was inevitable. They are not at the standard of NZ and haven\'t been for a long time. So the NZ win was a given. Now the 2nd semi is a different scenario. England made 2 changes and is going to try and disrupt the Springboks structure play. The other factor is your kicker wouldn\'t put 20 points on the Springboks. There is one problem here...most of SAs players play in the northern hemisphere and they know the England players. England has had a lucky draw and non convincing results. Fiji not really competitive within the top 8 rankings more 7s specialists. England makes mistakes in the wrong areas and people like Curry like to play themselves offside. SA by 8 and ABs vs SA. It\'ll be a cracker.
20 Oct 21:44
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It was always going to be AB vs SA finals. England will expierence their first defeat in this WC tonight. Go bokke!!!
21 Oct 05:21
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Hutch must be doing badly on his superbru picks so hoping for an upset
21 Oct 12:07
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Hutch, you're battling mate. Far worse than me. At least i got the winning teams right.
21 Oct 21:32
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Taking my hat off to England what a game. They played South-Africas game against South-Africa. Just a lot of 50/50 decision\'s. ABs would look at the game in detail. Boks can\'t make those mistakes next week. Sorry to hear England cricket team also lost last night. Must be a first for both teams to play in world cups and both loose against South-Africa.
21 Oct 21:40
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Thats exactly what I thought - played our old game plan 22 Oct 02:32
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2/2 For SA sport yesterday. Bring on the mighty AB!!!!
22 Oct 05:33
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Guys clearly Hutch can't give away his nationality here ;-) but he clearly did stipulate "There is no evidence to suggest that England can topple the reigning World Champions here" Thanks Hutch for quietly admitting... ;-)
22 Oct 07:44
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Nee man die boke is die beste hy ken nie jou rugby nie jou England ding
22 Oct 18:46
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Jy stink
22 Oct 18:46
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Good call Hutch. Amper maar nie stamper. IMVHO England won everywhere except the scoreboard. But unfortunately for them its only the score that matters.
23 Oct 09:22
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We were caught by a resurgent England, by surprise. We should not have been surprised. We pulled through though !! Personally I was very proud of the boys !!
23 Oct 19:16