All Blacks clinch back-to-back world cup titles

2015-11-04 06:00

THE All Blacks etched their names into the history books of the Rugby World Cup after becoming world champions for a record third time and the first nation to retain the Rugby World Cup with a fluent 34-17 win against Australia in the final at Twickenham on Saturday night.

The All Blacks were all the rage in the first half and expected them to stampede over their opponents. But, the Wallabies hit back with tries from David Pocock and Turid Kuridrani to reduce the deficit to 10-points.

With less than 10 minutes remaining and the All Blacks holding a slender 24-17 lead, rugby enthusiasts expected Australia to score a try and level the scores after converting in the hope of pushing the game into extra-time.

But, a clinical drop-goal by the true gentleman of the game, Dan Carter followed by a long-range penalty and a brilliant try by Beauden Barret saw the All Blacks retain the Webb Ellis Cup in emphatic fashion.

Man-of-the-match, Carter who scored a vital drop-goal against the Springboks a fort night ago, kicked 19 points in New Zealand’s 34-17 win. The All Blacks have lost just three times in 54 matches since winning the Rugby World Cup on home soil in 2011.

Meanwhile, the Springboks returned home with bronze medals after an emphatic 24-13 win against Argentina at the Olympic Stadium on Friday night.

Ardent Springboks supporters and critics of Heyneke Meyer’s charges are not thrilled at South Africa’s performance at the 2015 RWC especially after their shock loss to Japan (who will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup) in their opening league game and semi-final loss against champions New Zealand.

The Springboks may not have the skills of the Wallabies or the All Blacks, but South African rugby fanatics would loved to have seen a mixture of their power game and more width which was evident in Friday’s win against Argentina.

Bryan Habana squandered an opportunity on more than three occasions to beat the record set by the great Jonah Lomu. Over the next couple of weeks, during the post-mortem there will be more questions than answers and the burning question at the moment is: “Should Heyneke be replaced?”

With less than ten minutes remaining and the All Blacks holding a slender 24-17 lead, rugby enthusiasts expected Australia to score a try and level the
scores after converting in the hope of pushing
the game into extra-time.

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