Mutual respect: Meyer and Hansen

Date published: October 19 2015

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Coaches Heyneke Meyer and Steve Hansen will face off once more when South Africa meets New Zealand in a mouth-watering World Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Despite the red hot rivalry between the two teams, Meyer and Hansen both revealed that they remain friends off the field and have a great respect for each other.

"Steve is a quality man," said Meyer.

"We are all under pressure. Only one coach will win it and the rest will probably be fired or will be under pressure in their countries.

"We've tried to bring the ethos back in rugby. Although we kill each other on the field, as coaches we can support each other."

History will reveal that the Springboks have the best record against the All Blacks. However, with New Zealand's win ratio being at 59 per cent against South Africa, the Kiwis domination of the game is quite clear.

Nevertheless, Hansen revealed that the teams have a good relationship off the field.

"When you play teams you know really well and you've got a good relationship it brings a little bit more to it," Hansen told reporters.

"It's like playing your brother or your sister and you don't want to lose, particularly if you're the younger sibling.

"We really enjoy their company. They play hard on the track but they're good men off it. Heyneke drives that. He's the leader of their ship and I've got a lot of respect for him."

The teams will face each other for the 91st time at Twickenham in London on Saturday.

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