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15 October, 2007 - Published 10:40 GMT
South Africa rugby victory
Bryan Habana scores South Africa's third try against Argentina
Bryan Habana scores South Africa's third try against Argentina

South Africa have beaten Argentina in the second rugby World Cup semi-final, thirty seven points to thirteen and will play England in the final this Saturday. Alisdair Sandford reports from Paris.

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They caused an upset in the first game of the tournament by beating the host nation France. But this time, the World Cup dark horses, Argentina, met their match. The favourites, South Africa, were too strong, scoring three first-half tries to build a convincing lead.

A brief second half revival wasn't enough for Argentina. A lack of discipline cost them dearly later on and South Africa's victory by thirty seven points to thirteen was thoroughly deserved.

Argentina have surprised and delighted many at this World Cup and have well and truly confirmed their status as a major rugby as well as footballing nation.

But it's the 1995 world champions South Africa who will meet the current title holders, England, in next week's final.

Alisdair Sanford, BBC News, Paris

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They caused an upset
They won unexpectedly

the host nation
the team from the country where the tournament was taking place (France)

dark horses
a team who were not expected to do well but were very successful

met their match
played a team as good as they were

The favourites
The team most expected to win

to build a convincing lead
to put themselves well ahead of the other team

period of playing strongly

cost them dearly
affected them badly

reputation, position

the current title holders
the team which won the previous tournament

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