New Zealand

Meyer: Current All Blacks team is the best in history

Heyneke Meyer has branded New Zealand the best side in rugby history - but still insisted South Africa can topple the defending champions in Saturday's World Cup semi-final.

Head coach Meyer admitted mistakes "over-motivating the team" in previous losses to the All Blacks, warning the Springboks to keep their cool this week.

Springboks face a tough task on Saturday.

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Match report and highlights: New Zealand 62-13 France

The All Blacks raised their game against France.

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Julian Savea bludgeoned France with a savage hat-trick to book New Zealand a World Cup semi-final with South Africa and evoke memories of Jonah Lomu steamrollering England in 1995.New Zealand crushed France 62-13 in the biggest-ever World Cup quarter-final victory, Savea every inch "the next Lomu" he has been dubbed since bursting onto the scene in 2012.

Lock Brodie Retallick sparked the nine-try rout and Nehe Milner-Skudder, Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read all crossed, before Tawera Kerr-Barlow stole a late brace in New Zealand's merciless triumph.