New Zealand set up Rugby World Cup final clash with England or South Africa

The All Blacks thumped Argentina 44-6.

New Zealand set up Rugby World Cup final clash with England or South Africa
Argentina v New Zealand: Semi-Final - Rugby World Cup France 2023
New Zealand will face England or South Africa in the final on October 28 (Picture: Getty)

New Zealand will face England or South Africa in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final following a dominant 44-6 victory over Argentina in the last four.

The All Blacks crushed the Pumas at the Stade de France as they continued their quest to become world champions for the fourth time in their history.

New Zealand scored seven tries including Will Jordan’s hat-trick and Shannon Frizell’s double while Jordie Barrett and Aaron Smith registered one each.

The All Blacks will find out who they will play in the final on Saturday as England take on the Springboks in a repeat of the 2019 final, which South Africa won.

‘Argentina have just been outclassed, they have tried really hard but nothing has come off for them,’ former New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall told the BBC.

‘The All Blacks were very impressive. I think the All Blacks were in first gear from kick-off, they looked every bit to have the intent to play.

‘As the game went on they got good at the set-piece, with the scrum in particular.

‘New Zealand won penalties from the scrum and got a try from it, they kept enough pressure on Argentina and they will be pleased with their performance.

‘Vindication for [head coach] Ian Foster. Foster suffered negative feedback, but the biggest support he got was from his players.’

New Zealand centre Jordie Barrett, speaking after the game, added: ‘It’s so sweet. It’s new territory for this group. We slipped at the semi-final hurdle four years ago.

‘I am just so proud of this group. It’s not done yet. We will have a very tough match regardless of who we have next week.

‘It’s another week, which we are so grateful for. The conditions [today] actually helped us a little bit.

‘We were able to go forward and put their skillset under a wee bit of pressure with the greasy ball.

‘One to eight laid a massive foundation for us. Scrum penalties and some maul penalties took the sting out of their legs. The big boys did an outstanding job.

‘[The final is] new territory for a lot of boys but there is also World Cup winners and World Cup finalists so we will call on their experience as much as we can.

‘We are just going to enjoy the week as much as possible. It’s special times.’

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