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South Africa secure bronze at 2015 Rugby World Cup

South Africa secure bronze at 2015 Rugby World Cup

South Africa secure bronze at 2015 Rugby World Cup

Even though Bryan Habana fell short of his own record, South Africa set their own straight after semifinal defeat to New Zealand. Argentina ended the tournament on a high, despite the defeat.

South Africa triumphed in the third place playoff at the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Friday, sealing a convincing 24-13 victory over Argentina in London. The Springboks, whose coach Heyneke Meyer had described the third-place playoff as akin to kissing your sister, dominated the game from the outset.

«Of course we would have loved to be playing tomorrow for the World Cup. We knew it would be tough tonight, we have a lot of respect for Argentina and a bronze medal is better than fourth place,» said captain Victor Matfield, after his 127th and final appearance.

JP Pietersen touched down in just six minutes to capitalize on an early yellow card given to Tomas Cubelli, which set the tone for the game. Handre Pollard converted and added three penalties for a 16-0 advantage at the interval. Argentina eventually got on the board through Nicolas Sanchez’s drop goal but then Bryan Habana beautifully set up Eben Etzebeth to score in the corner. Habana, who needed one try to set a new outright record for the most tries by a player in World Cups, failed to get over the line in what was almost certainly his last tournament appearance. After being replaced 12 minutes from time, the winger remains tied with New Zealander Jonah Lomu on 15 World Cup tries.

Pollard and Sanchez exchanged penalties before Juan Pablo Orlandi forced over a late consolation under the posts for Argentina. Pollard finished with 14 points in the match, taking his total points tally for the tournament to 93. Argentine flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez stayed as the tournament’s leading pointscorer though, after a last-minute conversion kept him four points ahead of Pollard.

Champions New Zealand aim to become the first side to defend the World Cup when they meet Australia’s in Saturday’s final at Twickenham.

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Breakthrough player

So many excellent RWC debutants to choose from – Lood de Jager, Jesse Kriel, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Bernard Foley, Iain Henderson, Waisake Naholo – but the 21-year-old Santiago Cordero was electric on the wing for Argentina.

Best match

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Best try

For sheer synchronicity Foley’s give-and-take with Kurtley Beale to create the Wallaby fly-half’s second try against England was as sharp as any.

Most inspiring moment

The anthems before England v Wales. It made even the tournament’s opening night at Twickenham sound like a garden fete.

Biggest disappointment

No contest in this category either. Had England somehow made the latter stages, rugby fever in this country would have disappeared off the scale.

Funniest moment

Hard to beat an overexcited Boris Johnson taking out the 10-year-old Toki Sekiguchi during a game of street rugby in Tokyo.

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South Africa secure bronze at 2015 Rugby World Cup

Even though Bryan Habana fell short of his own record, South Africa set their own straight after semifinal defeat to New Zealand. Argentina ended the tournament on a high, despite the defeat.

South Africa triumphed in the third place playoff at the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Friday, sealing a convincing 24-13 victory over Argentina in London. The Springboks, whose coach Heyneke Meyer had described the third-place playoff as akin to kissing your sister, dominated the game from the outset.

«Of course we would have loved to be playing tomorrow for the World Cup. We knew it would be tough tonight, we have a lot of respect for Argentina and a bronze medal is better than fourth place,» said captain Victor Matfield, after his 127th and final appearance.

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JP Pietersen touched down in just six minutes to capitalize on an early yellow card given to Tomas Cubelli, which set the tone for the game. Handre Pollard converted and added three penalties for a 16-0 advantage at the interval. Argentina eventually got on the board through Nicolas Sanchez’s drop goal but then Bryan Habana beautifully set up Eben Etzebeth to score in the corner. Habana, who needed one try to set a new outright record for the most tries by a player in World Cups, failed to get over the line in what was almost certainly his last tournament appearance. After being replaced 12 minutes from time, the winger remains tied with New Zealander Jonah Lomu on 15 World Cup tries.

Pollard and Sanchez exchanged penalties before Juan Pablo Orlandi forced over a late consolation under the posts for Argentina. Pollard finished with 14 points in the match, taking his total points tally for the tournament to 93. Argentine flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez stayed as the tournament’s leading pointscorer though, after a last-minute conversion kept him four points ahead of Pollard.

Champions New Zealand aim to become the first side to defend the World Cup when they meet Australia’s in Saturday’s final at Twickenham.

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New Zealand’s Dan Carter celebrates after the final whistle in the final. Photograph: BPI/Rex Shutterstock

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Gareth Davies. Had not started a match for Wales for a year before the World Cup, but his five tries took his side to the verge of the last four.

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Best try

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Most inspiring moment

The rapturous reception received by the Japan squad on their return home was proof of how the game has grown since the first World Cup.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: South Africa claim bronze

Bryan Habana of South Africa breaks with the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final match between South Africa and Argentina. Photo / Getty Images.

South Africa finished third in the Rugby World Cup after subduing Argentina 24-13 on Saturday in a consolation playoff that only the players will remember.

Both sides were earnest and willing at Olympic Stadium in a game that was watchable and livened by a couple of shoving contests that roused the sellout crowd of almost 56,000.

But the Springboks, pragmatic to the end, were hardly changed from their semifinal loss to New Zealand and looked tired. They scored only two tries, none to Bryan Habana, who had some half-chances to claim the World Cup’s all-time tries record to himself and was replaced with 13 minutes to go.

The Pumas were handicapped by wholesale changes and lacked cohesion, just five days after their semifinal defeat to Australia. Marcos Ayerza, arguably the world’s best loosehead prop, strained his hamstring in training and had to withdraw, the 10th change to their starting lineup. It took them until the second minute of injury time to score their only try to replacement prop Juan Pablo Orlandi.

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South Africa, up 16-0 at halftime, made victory certain when lock Eben Etzebeth scored their second try on his knees three minutes after the break.

From the restart, Habana — tied with New Zealand great Jonah Lomu on 15 World Cup tries — received a great pass from fullback Willie le Roux, but dropped it; his eyes were on 85 meters of clear grass and not on the ball.

In the first half, Pumas fullback Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino just beat him to a chip into goal, Habana couldn’t grab a head-high pass from Handre Pollard with the line open, and gave away a penalty in a race to the ball when he pulled on Nicolas Sanchez’s shoulder. When the chances dried after the dropped pass from le Roux, he was pulled to the dismay of some South African fans.

But by then, Olympic Stadium had become a rugby version of the red carpet, a green carpet to cheer departing stars one last time.

South Africa’s Schalk Burger waved to the crowd, then was rushed back on seven minutes later as a bloodbin replacement, and got to wave to standing fans a second time when he came off for good. Another of the Springboks’ 2007 champions, stand-in captain Victor Matfield, walked off 14 years, 122 days after his debut, the longest career of any Bok. Habana followed, second all-time in test tries with 64.

Fourie du Preez, who took over the captaincy after Jean de Villiers retired injured in the pool stage, didn’t play but was acknowledged at the medal ceremony.

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Springboks vs Pumas highlights: South Africa secure bronze at the Rugby World Cup

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Argentina Vs. South Africa

2015 Rugby World Cup, 31 October, 2015

Time: 7:00am (AEDT)
Venue: Twickenham
TV: GEM (LIVE), Fox Sports (LIVE)

Teams
South Africa
1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Frans Malherbe
4. Eben Etzebeth
5. Victor Matfield ©
6. Francois Louw
7. Schalk Burger
8. Duane Vermeulen
9. Ruan Pienaar
10. Handre Pollard
11. Brian Habana
12. Damian De Allende
13. Jesse Kriel
14. JP Pietersen
15. Willie le Roux

16. Adriaan Strauss
17. Trevor Nyakane
18. Jannie du Plessis
19. Lodewyke de Jager
20. Willem Alberts
21. Rudy Paige
22. Patrick Lambie
23. Jan Serfontein

Argentina
1. Marcos Ayerza
2. Julian Montoya
3. Ramiro Herrera
4. Matias Alemanno
5. Tomas Lavanini
6. Javier Ortega Desio
7. Juan Fernandez Lobbe
8. Juan Manuel Leguizamon
9. Tomas Cubelli
10. Nicolas Sanchez ©
11. Horacio Agulla
12. Jeronimo De La Fuente
13. Matias Moroni
14. Santiago Condero
15. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino

16. Lucas Noguera
17. Juan Pablo Orlandi
18. Juan Figallo
19. Guido Petti
20. Facundo Isa
21. Martin Landajo
22. Gonzalez Iglesias
23. Juan Pablo Socino

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Match result:

South Africa claimed third place in the Rugby World Cup with a convincing win over Argentina, defeating the Pumas 24-13 on the eve of the Rugby World Cup final.

The Springboks were in control on the scoreboard for most of the match and it was only in the last play of the game that Argentina managed to score a try and convert, avoiding what would’ve been an 18-point defeat.

The Boks made the first score in the sixth minute with a try through JP Pietersen – converted by Handre Pollard – and went on to lead throughout the match, picking up three penalties to lead 16-0 at half time.

The Pumas found a drop goal in the 42nd minute, but a try from Eben Etzebeth for the Boks just moments later widened South Africa’s lead.

South Africa were out to a 24-3 advantage in the 48th minute after another penalty but didn’t score for the rest of the match as a penalty and a last-minute try through Juan Pablo Orlandi and conversion from Nicolas Sanchez saw them bring the final margin in to 11 points.

Final scores
Argentina 13
South Africa 24

Match preview:

An exhilarating spectacle is sure to ensue when the South Africa and Argentina face-off for the bronze at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Join The Roar from 7:00am (AEDT) for live scores and coverage.

Even though the Wallabies and All-Blacks will be fighting for ‘Bill’, there is no doubt that the Springboks and Pumas were unlucky not to find themselves in the same position.

Both teams pushed hard in the respective semi-final matchups, but will have to settle for a third-place playoff and pride to cap off what has been a wonderful World Cup.

Argentina will head into the game with coach Daniel Hourcade making nine changes to the team that suffered a 29-15 loss to Australia only a week earlier.

Having repeatedly shown their ability to spread the ball, along with their renowned scrimmaging skills, the Pumas will no doubt struggle to beat an in-form South African side without numerous key players.

Centres Juan Martin Hernandez and Marcelo Bosch, captain Augustin Creevy, Juan Imhoff and Joaquin Tuculet will all be missing.

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On the plus side, Horacio Agulla and Juan Manuel Leguizamon return in time to steady the ship and provide some much needed experience to the team.

For the South Africans, Heyneke Meyer has only made two changes to the side that lost a tight affair against New Zealand in the semi-finals.

Victor Matfield re-enters the side as captain for his final international game, replacing Lodewyke de Jager who drops back to the bench, whilst Ruan Pienaar takes over from Fourie du Preez at scrumhalf.

In the Rugby Championship earlier this year, victories were one apiece. Argentina won a high-scoring affair 37-25 in Durban, and then the result was flipped in Buenos Aires with the Springboks triumphing 26-12.

This match has the possibility to go down to the wire. Both teams will play with pride, but it may be too much to overcome for the Argentineans thanks to a string of injuries.

Prediction
South Africa by 20

2015 Rugby World Cup: South Africa vs Argentina: Who will clinch the bronze on Friday?

It’s the match that no one wants to play after having lost a world cup semi-final, but South Africa and Argentina will look to pick themselves up as they prepare for their bronze medal match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in London on Friday.

Both teams fell short in their attempts at unseating their higher-ranked opponents last weekend and despite a monumental effort, will have to contend for being the third-best team at the tournament.

Venue & Kick-Off

The game will be played at London’s Olympic Stadium and kicks off at 00:30 IST on Saturday morning. The game will be broadcasted on Sony Six.

Form Guide

As is the case usually when South Africa play New Zealand, their semi-final tussle at Twickenham was much the same with the All Blacks prevailing by just two points in the end. However, on closer examination, the All Blacks dominated both territory and possession in that game and if it wasn’t for the Springboks’ tireless defence, they could have won by a bigger margin. South Africa had their strategy clear, relying on the kicking of Handre Pollard with New Zealand copping up 11 penalties that greatly aided them. We will likely see more of an attacking approach from the Boks against

Argentina.

As much as South Africa were prepared to bolt the hatches and defend for their lives in the first semi-final, Argentina were just as keen that they would not stop attacking against Australia. That gung-ho approach pegged them back early as the Australian backs hit them hard on the counter, taking advantage of the open play. That didn’t cower Argentina down though, for till the final minute, they just ran till their legs and hearts could not go anymore, making for what was an entertaining match. They will likely not be adopting a change in approach anytime soon.

Teams

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has opted to stick rather than twist, opting to go with traditional names rather than give the rookies a chance. There are two changes to the Boks side that lost to New Zealand in the semi – veteran lock Victor Matfield replaces Lood de Jager in the second row while Ruan Pienaar comes in for Fourie du Preez at scrum-half.

Matfield, who will be playing his final match, will lead the Springboks out.

SOUTH AFRICA — 1. Tendai Mtawarira; 2. Bismarck du Plessis; 3. Frans Malherbe; 4. Eben Etzebeth; 5. Victor Matfield (captain); 6. Francois Louw; 7. Schalk Burger; 8. Duane Vermeulen; 9. Ruan Pienaar; 10. Handré Pollard; 11. Bryan Habana; 12. Damian De Allende; 13. Jesse Kriel; 14. JP Pietersen; 15. Willie le Roux

Replacements: 16. Adriaan Strauss; 17. Trevor Nyakane; 18. Jannie du Plessis; 19. Lodewyk de Jager20. Willem Alberts; 21. Rudy Paige; 22. Pat Lambie; 23. Jan Serfontein

In stark contrast, Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade has made nine changes to the line-up that wentdown to Australia with four of them in the forward line and five in the back line.

Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez who is the Pumas’ leading point scorer at this tournament will lead the team on Friday.

ARGENTINA — 1. Marcos Ayerza; 2. Julian Montoya; 3. Ramiro Herrera; 4. Matias Alemanno; 5. Tomas Lavanini; 6. Javier Ortega Desio; 7. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe; 8. Juan Manuel Leguizamon; 9. Tomas Cubelli; 10. Nicolas Sanchez (captain); 11. Horacio Agulla; 12. Jeronimo De La Fuente; 13. Matias Moroni; 14. Santiago Cordero; 15. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino

Replacements: 16. Lucas Noguera; 17. Juan Pablo Orlandi; 18. Juan Figallo; 19. Guido Petti; 20. Facundo Isa; 21. Martin Landajo; 22. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias; 23. Juan Pablo Socino

Источники:

http://raduga-vvk.ru/populyarnye-stati/rugby-world-cup-2015.html

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/rugby-world-cup-2015-south-africa-claim-bronze/CTCS7N2J5REHWGSQQTPQF64KC4/

Springboks vs Pumas highlights: South Africa secure bronze at the Rugby World Cup

http://www.sportskeeda.com/rugby/2015-rugby-world-cup-southafrica-argentina-clinch-bronze-friday

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