The All Blacks delivered a ruthless performance to dismantle Argentina 44-6 in the Rugby World Cup semifinals. The clinical win books New Zealand’s spot in their 5th World Cup final as they continue their redemption quest.
New Zealand Dominate Semi to Set Up Title Clash
After talking all week about wanting a meaningful “tomorrow”, the All Blacks ensured it with a machine-like efficiency that extinguished any upset hopes. This closed the door on a repeat of 2019 when they crashed out in the semis.
Scoring Blitz Buries Argentinian Resistance
Within 17 minutes, the All Blacks had scored twice to seize control. Will Jordan grabbed the first try after remarkable handling sucked in defenders.
Rieko Ioane and Sam Whitelock then set up Jordan’s second to make it 14-3. A third try from Shannon Frizell finished Argentina.
The All Blacks were patient but precise, with even forwards executing skillful passing. Jordan completed a hat trick, becoming just the third player to do so in a World Cup semi.
Statement Performance After Recent Struggles
The win capped a turnaround by New Zealand after struggles in 2022. Coach Ian Foster nearly lost his job during a run of 6 losses in 8 matches. Pre-tournament, the All Blacks suffered their worst-ever defeat to South Africa and lost to France.
But they have peaked perfectly, building to a crescendo in the high-stakes knockout rounds. This semifinal masterclass proved the back-to-back champions remain a formidable tournament force.
All Blacks Primed for World Cup Final
Despite resting starters late, the All Blacks still added two more tries to underline their dominance. The consummate performance sets up a title tilt against England/South Africa.
Having exorcised their semifinal demons, New Zealand looks ready to claim a 4th World Cup crown. Their clinical dismantling of Argentina ensured the All Blacks got the tomorrow they desperately wanted – another shot at global glory.