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South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer hopes the beers are on him come Saturday night

Heyneke Meyer has revealed he is desperate to get the beers in ahead of his side's Rugby World Cup semifinal against New Zealand on Saturday.

The South Africa head coach admitted he has started a tradition with his All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen, which sees the winning coach take a bottle of beer to the loser every time the southern hemisphere giants meet.

Hansen is well ahead in the beer-buying stakes, with New Zealand winning six of the seven Tests between the two nations since Meyer took the Springboks helm in January 2012. But the South African is determined that Saturday's clash at Twickenham will see him, rather than Hansen, open his wallet.

"We started a tradition way back," Meyer said. "The first time I lost to him [in Dunedin], I was very down. I didn't know Steve, but he came over and brought me a beer and said: 'I know how you feel, I know the pressure on you'.

"The second game we played [in Johannesburg] was very close but we lost that game as well. I didn't want to go to the [post-match] function, but he came looking for me and gave me another beer.

"I've said to him: 'Steve, I can't wait for the day when I can bring you a beer'. When we beat him at Ellis Park [in October 2014], I said: 'First time we beat you, I'll bring you a case of beer'.

"I really respect Steve. He came off that field, took it like a man and said: 'I've been waiting for my beer'. We've got a tradition now, so hopefully on Saturday I can take him a whole case of beer!

"There's a huge amount of respect and we also learn from each other. We want to improve as coaches. There's no inch given on the field, we don't even look at each other on the field. But after the game, their players will come over and it's great for the game."

Meyer has opted for the same starting XV that scraped past Wales in last Saturday's quarterfinal, but his side is boosted by the return of lock Victor Matfield to the bench. The 38-year-old initially retired from rugby after the 2011 World Cup but returned to the game a year ago, and Meyer hailed the veteran's impact on his squad.

"When I spoke to him to come back, he said whenever we need him, he'd want to be part of something special," Meyer said. "He just said from day one he's here to serve, whatever the team needs, whether that's to help the youngsters or as an impact [from the bench].

"He's an unbelievable servant of Springbok rugby, and I'm proud to have a guy like that, especially on the bench. If you look at their last two games, the All Blacks have been brilliant at the end. It makes a huge difference to us to have a leader right there at the end."

Victory against the All Blacks will send the Springboks into a final with either Australia or Argentina, who meet in the weekend's second semifinal on Sunday. However, after New Zealand's nine-try thrashing of France in the last eight, Meyer insisted his side would have to fight fire with fire this weekend.

"Their skill level and the way they play has been unbelievable, but every time we've played them we've always scored a lot of tries," he added. "It's never been a dull affair and it's a big honour for us to play against the All Blacks.

"People think there is a lot of difference between us, but if you look at the top sides, most of the guys do more or less the same things. It's just execution that's different. They've been very good with their tactical kicking and when they get a chance, they will finish it. That's something we need to improve on."