Congratulations to New Zealand and The All-Blacks–The World Rugby Champions

November 1. 2015

Congratulations to New Zealand and The All-Blacks and Thank you, Australia for your Grit and Sportsmanship


New Zealand (16) 34 Tries: Milner-Skudder, Nonu, Barrett Cons: Carter 2 Pens: Carter 4 Drop-goal: Carter

Australia (3) 17  Tries: Pocock, Kuridras: Foley 2 Pen: Foley

New Zealand held off a fierce Australian comeback to win a thrilling World Cup final and become the first team to retain their title.

Wonderful tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma’a Nonu had given the All Blacks a 21-3 lead early in the second half before David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani struck back.

With 15 minutes to go there were just four points in it, but a nerveless long-distance drop-goal and penalty from Dan Carter snatched back control.

And when replacement Beauden Barrett sprinted away on to Ben Smith’s clearing kick at the death history was made, with New Zealand also becoming the first three-time champions of the world.

Beauden Barrett scores for New Zealand as they beat Australia

Beauden Barrett’s last-gasp try was the icing on the cake for the world champion All Blacks

A fitting farewell

The achievement is a fitting farewell to their phalanx of retiring greats. Carter was outstanding under a ferocious Wallaby assault, landing 19 points from the tee, and his captain Richie McCaw was not far behind as their side was tested to the limit.

They have been the outstanding side of this generation, and once again found a way to win when the heat came on from their great trans-Tasman rivals.

Wins graphic

All Blacks seize control

The All Blacks came out at pace, McCaw smashing opposite number Michael Hooper, Wallabies’ skipper Stephen Moore bloodied in the face and Carter curling over a testing penalty from out wide for 3-0 before Bernard Foley’s simpler effort levelled it up.

Australia were targeting the great fly-half, Scott Sio lucky to escape a yellow card for a late hit and Sekope Kepu giving away a penalty for a high tackle that Carter popped over to retake the lead.

Matt Giteau was next to feel the intensity, clattered trying to tackle Kieran Read and unable to continue with what looked like concussion.

It was often messy and never less than flat-out, New Zealand dominating territory and possession but having to content themselves with a third Carter penalty, this time from way out right.

Then it came, a wonderful team move of magic hands and sweet timing – Conrad Smith finding space down the right, Aaron Smith popping up on his inside, McCaw taking his pass at pace and putting Milner-Skudder in at the corner.

Another perfect kick from Carter added the conversion for 16-3 at half-time and the Wallabies were sinking fast.

Wallaby fightback

Ma'a Nonu scores New Zealand's second try

Ma’a Nonu’s fine try looked to have put the All Blacks out of sight

No team has ever scored so many in the first period of a World Cup final, and the brilliance resumed a minute into the second half.

This time it was Sonny Bill Williams, on for Conrad Smith, who sucked in three defenders before off-loading to Nonu, the wrecking-ball centre careering past the despairing Kurtley Beale and Drew Mitchell on a 40-metre run to the line.

Despite Carter’s missed conversion the All Blacks appeared unstoppable, but when Ben Smith was sin-binned for tip-tackling Mitchell, Australia struck back – driving a maul off the line-out, Pocock at the back for the try, Foley curling over the conversion for 21-10.

Suddenly the men in gold sensed a chance and when Will Genia dinked a kick into the wide spaces in the right-hand corner, Ashley-Cooper was there to feed Kuridrani and send the huge centre away through Carter’s tackle for another splendid score.

Tevita Kuridrani scores Australia's second try

Tevita Kuridrani’s try gave Australia real hope, but New Zealand regained control

With Foley’s conversion sailing over, 14 unanswered points had come in 11 minutes, and a thrilling contest was wide open once again.

Carter would have his revenge. From 40m out he struck the sweetest of drop-goals to extend the lead to 24-17, and then nailed a penalty from just inside the opposition half with seven minutes left.

Australia kept pressing, but when the ball was turned over in the New Zealand 22 Smith kicked clear, Barrett out-paced the despairing Pocock and the party could begin.

Man of the match – Dan Carter

Dan Carter--All Black

After missing the 2011 World Cup final through injury, this was the perfect ending for world rugby’s perfect 10. Carter could not dream of a better finale to his 12-year, 112-cap All Black career, and few would deny him the moment after what he has given the game down the years.

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9 thoughts on “Congratulations to New Zealand and The All-Blacks–The World Rugby Champions

  1. Boris Johnson was an avid rugby player. Yes, Boris Johnson, my pick for UK next PM ahead of George Osborne

    The Final Wrold Cup highlights

    However this world cup was most memorable…….

  2. What about congratulations to JDT for winning the AFC 2015 Cup Finals. What a pity none of the Malaysian Government Linked TV Channels showed the match live. I wonder what is the reason. Say what you may they have brought great pride to Malaysians. Even YAB PM congratulated them.
    May be it was felt that since ASTRO with 3 million viewers was showing it there was no need for the non ASTRO TV viewers numbering over 10 million to see the match. Thank you.

  3. Well, the All-Blacks – and South Africa too – have been all there around the top as far back as I can remember. It would be more astonishing if a team from, say, Hong Kong, wins (even for the first time, hahaha). Rugby’s a great game. Coached a school’s under-16 at Tanjong Malim over 40 years ago that became lower Perak champions and it continued to dominate the sport at school level for quite some time. Wonderful bunch of kids – my captain was a short fella named Wahab, if I can remember rightly.

  4. Lcrenoir,
    Well they don’t call gentlemen playing rough man game for nothing…….hehehehe. Boris Johnson would say cheer to that. Watch out for this bumbling fella. He will be the next UK PM

  5. Dunno what’s happening to me today…I wrote:
    > a rare mix according to traditional Asian (or Chinese) traditions.<

    Should be "a rare mix according to Asian (or Chinese) traditions."

    Something's wrong with my gray matter – not just a possibility of Alzheimer's – cos I not only tend to forget but also type words wrongly, or even, sometimes type words that aren't on my mind, consciously, that is. Maybe stress plays a part, I don't know. Sorry for taking up your bandwidth, din.

  6. Icrenoir,
    More of Boris Johnson though my heros have always been with Labour

    In actually, PAP has always been based on UK Labour. LKY assisted Labour candidate while he was in England

  7. Looes74: Yes, me too. Wilson was my hero, even more when I read that he was sabotaged by a foreign intelligence agency, though not so dramatic as was Gough Whitlam of Australia.

    Quite unfortunate that Wilson was, like many of his Labor colleagues, unable to do more against the Vietnam War other than to refuse sending British troops to that quagmire. His indecision to protest loudly against the war led to the resignation of another great Labor supporter – Bertrand Russell.

    I was most disappointed with the DAP for aligning itself with Labor even during the Blair administration. For it was clear that Labor was no longer Labor, that it’d adopted Thatcherian neoliberalism as its guiding ideology.

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