TOKYO, 25 Oct - The breakdown will undoubtedly be a key area in Saturday's first semi-final between New Zealand and England. The All Blacks have won 30 turnovers to England's 33 at this Rugby World Cup.
Both teams are also clever with tactical kicking, though, and may well try to avoid some of the breakdown action by moving the ball forwards with the boot.
New Zealand have shown their hand to an extent with their kicking in matches against South Africa and Ireland. Their armoury is varied and effective and England's defence will have to be wary. England have shown less in Japan but in the past two Six Nations Championships they used kicking as a potent attacking weapon.
One of the All Blacks' most successful tactics has been the cross-field kick but, unlike other teams, they sometimes use this kick deep in their own half.
Against South Africa on the opening weekend, the All Blacks began two separate moves with a Richie Mo'unga cross-field kick to Sevu Reece. Those two possessions each ended with a New Zealand try, transforming the score from a deficit of 0-3 to a lead of 17-3 in four minutes of play.
A similar kick closer to the try-line last weekend produced Matt Todd's score against Ireland. Mo'unga's precision again found Reece in space, although it took another phase to put Todd in.
Expect both sides to target the opposing full-backs with high kicks into the 22 early in the semi-final. The New Zealand No.10 did exactly this in the opening exchanges against South Africa and Ireland. Mo'unga and Aaron Smith have put up testing kicks throughout the tournament but Cheslin Kolbe showed that this can also backfire.
Smith's kick was caught by Kolbe around 65 metres out from the New Zealand line and South Africa's winger ran the ball back to within a whisker of scoring a try. If South Africa had scored, they would have been right back in the game with more than half an hour to go. Might Jonny May and Anthony Watson provide a similar counter-attacking threat for England?
Another kicking area where New Zealand have excelled was already hinted upon in the final of Rugby World Cup 2015. An Australia attack broke down in the New Zealand 22 and the counter-attack took advantage of Beauden Barrett's speed by using a kick which he ran onto to score.
A week ago Barrett - whose brother Jordie is pictured awaiting a high ball - scored an almost carbon copy try against Ireland. This time, though, there was no initial attempt to collect and run with the ball. Ireland lost the ball in the tackle in New Zealand's half, Mo'unga and Barrett then both used their footballing skills to kick away from Ireland's players and Barrett scored.
New Zealand have played two of the top five teams in the world on their way to this stage of the tournament. England have not yet played a team at that level.
George Ford, Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly can all kick cleverly, as can Ben Youngs. Even last weekend's try-scoring prop Kyle Sinckler has been known to put a grubber through. It could be that England's ability in this area has yet to be shown.
The breakdown will be a key area for England and New Zealand but it may be the team that bypasses it in attack more effectively that ends up in the final of Rugby World Cup 2019.