NZ’s Chiefs gets behind Black Caps ahead of Proteas clash

The two teams go head-to-head tomorrow, with a spot in the final up for grabs.

FILE: New Zealand cricketer Martin Guptill in action. Picture: AFP

SYDNEY- Ahead of South Africa's crunch World Cup semi-final match against the Black Caps, New Zealand sportsmen are offering their support to their fellow countrymen.

The two teams go head-to-head tomorrow, with a spot in the Cricket World Cup final up for grabs.

They may be rugby players but the Chiefs are getting behind the black caps ahead of the Kiwi's semi-final against the Proteas in Auckland on Tuesday.

Returning from their tour of South Africa, Chiefs captain and All Blacks flanker Liam Messam admitted that cricket has suddenly dominated the headlines in the rugby-mad country.

"They've done so well even just before the World Cup. They got a lot of attraction from the fans, and great support for the team goes along way."

The match gets underway in the early hours of tomorrow morning at Eden Park.

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was asked what his expectations for tomorrow are.

"I don't think too much separates both teams. As I keep saying, I think it'll come down to a pretty small margin, and it'll be the team that grabs that opportunity which will come out on top."

And Proteas captain AB de Villiers said something far bigger beckons for his team.

"We didn't come all this way to say that we made it to a semi-final of a World Cup. We want to go all the way as a team, and we believe we have the right group here to achieve that."

Lmao at people going to bed at 16:00 today. #cwc15

Last minute practice going on at Eden Park ahead of tomorrow's semifinal. Pitch looking immaculate. #CWC15 pic.twitter.com/CmGkmwLc7G

Tuesday, 24 March it is! #NZ vs #SA. #cwc15 Semi-Final. Who's pumped?! Inspire the #ProteaFire! #NZvSA pic.twitter.com/9qlAzHslzU

I hope proteas aint anyhow going to underestimate new zealand tomorrow, #ProteasFire, #CWC15

When someone says we are not going to the Cricket World Cup Finals #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/pQQe3RElwN

@TheACCnz Have changed my profile pic in support of the @BLACKCAPS can wait until tomorrow, huge tuesday! #BlackCaps

What to do, what do do...

24hrs to wait still, this is torturous!!

Pacing, pacing...and I'm not even bowling...

#BlackCaps