It took the All Blacks 69 minutes to find the Argentina try line on Sunday, although Piri Weepu’s excellent kicking had already done the damage by that point, with New Zealand running out 33-10 victors against a spirited Pumas team.
Graham Henry’s side now remain in Auckland for a semi-final contest to savour, with Australia flying across from Wellington for a match which is always played at a fast tempo between two teams that have enjoyed some classic encounters over the years.
Naturally, the Kiwis are warm favourites to claim their place in the final as they look to win their second World Cup and Blue Square (£80 free bets) offer 9/20 that the majority of the crowd at Eden Park are celebrating victory for the home side.
The Aussies were involved in a tight quarter final match with South Africa last weekend which saw James O’Connor’s late penalty ease the Wallabies into the last four, although they will need to raise their game if they are to reach the final.
One plus for Australia is that they prevented the South Africans from scoring a try and they can be backed at 12/5 (Betfred – £50 free betting) to manage an upset which would then make them strong favourites to beat France or Wales in the final.
On the handicap market, you can back the Aussies at evens with a 7-point start, although some will be considering the All Blacks at the same odds considering a converted try would bring the handicap score level.