Pic : New Zealand player celebrating after winning the rugby world cup.
Having faced each other 154 times and New Zealand winning 105 of those clashes, the world was set for a predictable final. With forty seven matches done and dusted, the 48th fixture of the rugby world cup was the big one, the Rugby world cup final.
Rivals New Zealand and Australia faced off in an epic derby at Twickenham stadium in London, England.
The great and the good were in attendance for the titanic clash and as tradition; the All Blacks HAKA preceded the game.
Australia was penalized after their player was failed to roll away after a tackle. It was All Blacks who were on the board first, Dan Carter with a successful left footed penalty goal seven minutes after kick off.
New Zealand failed to bind properly in the scrum down and the referee penalized them. The wallabies responded with a penalty of their own from Bernard Foley’s kick.
Fly half Dan Carter restored New Zealand’s lead with another penalty as the wallabies seemed to struggle at that time.
The first try of the final came six minutes shy from half time after a series of brilliant passes initiated by Conrad Smith ended up with All Black’s right winger, diving for a try at the corner.
The half time score was 16-3 in favor of New Zealand.
Two minutes into second half, Sonny Bill’s pass found center Ma’a Nonu who sliced through Australia’s defense and ran 60 meters to score a try which gave New Zealand a 21-3 lead.
New Zealand looked to be cruising when Ben Smith was sin binned following a dangerous tackle. With a one man advantage, Australia smelled blood and David Pocock touched down from a maul.
In the 64th minute, center Tevita Kuridrani burst through to put Austalia back into the match with a try from Bernard Foley’s offload.
Australia was within four points and all they needed now was a try as their resilience was building. On the other hand, Daniel Carter’s resolve increased as his drop goal gave New Zealand some breathing space.
Dan Carter then extended the lead through another penalty before Ben Smith kicked the ball up field and his team mate out sprinted the Australian opponent to put the final nail on the Wallabies coffin with a try.
New Zealand won the match 34-17 to lift the Rugby World cup for the first time out of their home turf, New Zealand.