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Meyer not interested in third-place play-off

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allblacks.com     25 Oct 2015     Getty Images

The All Blacks were forced to battle hard in order to sustain the defence of the title they won four years ago, before eventually prevailing 20-18 at a saturated Twickenham.

As New Zealand prepare for the final, the Springboks will now switch their attention to a match against Argentina or Australia that will decide who claims third place.

It doesn't mean anything for me. It's like kissing your sister," said Meyer.

South Africa's coach felt the All Blacks were more successful in dealing with the heavy rain that fell throughout the second half - after the Springboks had taken a 12-7 lead into the interval.

"I thought we had a perfect first half, executed well, our discipline was 100 per cent intact and [we] built scoreboard pressure," said Meyer.

"I don't think we adapted well to the rainy conditions. We made some mistakes and that was the difference between winning and losing."

Asked what he had said to opposite number Steve Hansen at full-time, Meyer said: "I always believe a champion is off the field and on.

"I just said, 'Well done, you guys were better and good luck for the final'. It's for moments like that I coach and you don't have to say much.

"Keep your head high and be humble in victory and gracious in defeat."