Rugby World Cup Semifinals Preview: Two Favorites Face Off Against Underdogs


Summary: After a thrilling quarterfinals weekend, the Rugby World Cup is now down to the final four teams. Favorites New Zealand and South Africa will compete against underdogs England and Argentina in the semifinals.

The Rugby World Cup has reached the semifinals stage after an intense quarterfinals weekend. The tournament has seen its fair share of surprises, with favorites Ireland and hosts France being knocked out by perennial winners New Zealand and South Africa respectively. England and Argentina, on the other hand, have taken advantage of what many consider the ‘easier’ side of the draw to reach the semifinals. Despite being labeled as ‘lucky,’ both teams have proven their worth by reaching this stage of the competition.

England, in particular, has defied expectations by being the only team to remain unbeaten in the tournament, despite having a lackluster start. Argentina, on the other hand, has shown great improvement throughout the competition. However, the semifinals will not be a walk in the park for either team. New Zealand and South Africa are formidable opponents, and both matches are expected to be highly competitive.

Looking back at previous World Cups, England has experience in facing tough challenges. In the 2007 tournament held in France, England suffered a heavy defeat to South Africa in the pool stages but then went on to upset Australia and hosts France to reach the final. Their coach, Steve Borthwick, believes that the current team has a similar resilience and determination. For Argentina, this is an opportunity to make history. No previous Argentine team has won a Rugby World Cup, and they are fully aware of the significance of this moment.

The upcoming semifinals will be closely watched by rugby fans worldwide. South Africa’s director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has expressed confidence in his team’s abilities, despite some doubters. The stats may suggest a close match, but as we know, numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Fiji and France were statistically better than their opponents in the quarterfinals, yet they still fell short. Both New Zealand and Argentina face the challenge of not underestimating their opponents and maintaining their focus throughout the semifinal battles.

The Rugby World Cup semifinals promise to be thrilling encounters, showcasing the best of the sport. All four teams have worked hard to reach this stage and will leave everything on the field in pursuit of a place in the final. Rugby fans around the world are eagerly anticipating these matches, ready to witness the drama and excitement unfold.

Tags: Rugby World Cup, semifinals, England, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa