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#RWC2015: Hansen not falling for Meyer's charm

An eyebrow or two was raised as the Boks coach was effusive in his praise of Steve Hansen.

New Zealand coach Steven Hansen. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

LONDON - It's been one of the more relaxed build-ups to a world cup semifinal this week as the Springboks start as the underdogs, when they take on defending champions and the world's number one side, New Zealand.

Kickoff in tomorrow's game is at 5pm while Sunday's other semifinal is between Australia and Argentina.

The big talking point has been the relationship between the two opposing coaches; Heyneke Meyer and Steve Hansen.

An eyebrow or two was raised in the week as Meyer was effusive in his praise of Hansen ahead of the game.

If the Bok playbook is anything as good as their charm offensive, the All Blacks could be in trouble.

"This must be our best performance probably ever if we want to beat them, because they are the best team I think, that has ever played the game," Meyer said.

But Hansen is having none of it, he knows his good mate 'H' as he calls him far too well.

"He's very complimentary, he has killed us with kindness. We know they really want to rip our heads off, so we're not taking too much notice of that."

Let's hope the Springbok game plan might be just a little more subtle than that, but as Meyer revealed a ritual that the coaches share the week to show that rivalry stops at the final whistle.

All of South Africa hopes Meyer will be pulling out his wallet on Saturday night.

Visit the Eyewitness News special Rugby World Cup 2015 portal.

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