Weepu Does us Proud
New Zealand has secured its place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals with a comfortable 33-10 victory over 2007 third-placed team Argentina at Auckland’s Eden Park, which was packed with a crowd of 57,912. New Zealand had Piri Weepu to thank for their success over a determined Argentina side. The scrum half took over kicking duties in the absence of the legendary Dan Carter and converted 21 points by scoring seven penalties. New Zealand’s first try did not come until 13 minutes from time when No.8 Kieran Read finally breached the dogged Argentine defense, and lock Brad Thorn ran 25 metres for a late score to put the icing on the cake. Six Nations rivals France and Wales will face each other at Eden Park in the first semifinal on 15 October before, 24 hours later, the Auckland ground stages the All Blacks’ sold out showdown against Australia.