Rugby World Cup: Semi-final win never in doubt as All Blacks supporters eye another week in Paris paradise

New Zealand fans in Paris were full of confidence before the Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina - and their belief in black proved well founded. 

In the end, it was a comfortable watch for travelling supporters and the All Blacks' dominant win ensured a very happy Kiwi crew attended fanzones around the French capital.  

This is what it means to be an All Blacks supporter tonight: "We could not be prouder, we could not be prouder." 

Oh, it feels "bloody good, bloody good". 

Fans react to All Blacks' World Cup semi-final win.
Fans react to All Blacks' World Cup semi-final win. Photo credit: Newshub

The pre-game rain revealed the heartiest of fans - not just loyal Kiwis - showing up with umbrellas and nerves, but also the ghosts of quarter-finals past.  

Welshmen were backing black and the still-hurting Irish were backing blue. All the while, the Argentinians hoped they'd be the next underdogs to land a knockout blow.   

The Pumas put the first points on the board, but the All Blacks were out to end it.  

One after another they took a try and a bow and were met with thunderous applause

The winning weather continued in our favour, raining All Black tries.   

Argentina packed plenty of confidence in their suitcases for Paris, but 80 minutes later...

"It is what it is, but we are proud to be Argentines anyway." 

It wasn’t the perfect outing, but it was more than enough.

Six weeks ago, All Blacks fans were burying their heads in their hands, after New Zealand’s defeat to France in the opening game, but tonight is a very, very different feeling.  

Puma punters knew the odds, with two rare victories over the All Blacks in the history books. They're familiar with the feeling.

History beckons the men in black now, there's just one chapter left unwritten in an All Blacks redemption story for the ages.