The four semifinalists for the Rugby World Cup have been decided, and I got all the hard to pick games wrong. The French decided to finally play some rugby, Wales played the best rugby I have seen them put together and Australia somehow beat South Africa despite having no ball or territory.
I am feeling very nervous for the semifinal between New Zealand and Australia with New Zealand now down to their third and fourth choice pivots, though admittedly the third choice 10, Aaron Cruden, probably played better when he came on than Slade had been playing. Still, with Weepu stepping up to the plate to direct the game and do the kicking, we should still be alright. Australia have their own worries with the form of Cooper and the fitness of Beale. As usual though the game will be decided up front. I pick the New Zealand pack to front up well against Australia, giving the backs just enough to shade Australia and win.
For the other semifinal, I am picking Wales to continue their march to their first World Cup Final, although you can never write off the French.