New Zealand 34 -Australia 17 – Rugby World Cup Final 2015

Half time New Zealand 16, Australia 3.

The two best teams in the tournament are contesting the final.

I hope that it’s a game worthy of the occasion and the winner is worthy of the title.

UPDATE AT FINAL WHISTLE: that was a great game worthy of the occasion and the All Blacks are worthy winners, but a lot of credit to Australia who looked down and out but came back to close the score right up. But the All Blacks finished too strongly.

A great finale to some great careers, including Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Mana Nonu.

And a very commendable effort from Australian coach Michael Cheika – if he coaches the Wallabies through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan the Wallabies could be formidable.

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21 Comments

  1. traveller

     /  1st November 2015

    Try time!!!!!!!😀

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    • The ABs have dominated the first half and finish very well with a try and a sideline conversion.

      The Aussies have struggled, have lost crucial players to injury and looked beaten after the try. It will be very hard for them to lift themselves after that.

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      • Mike C

         /  1st November 2015

        @George

        I would like to take this moment to thank Robbie Deans for his coaching of the Wallabies up until a year or so ago. LOL.

        Without his help it may have been an entirely different score line 🙂

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  2. A great result for New Zealand.

    Courageous from Australia and a very gracious after match speech from their captain Stephen Moore. They fought back very well and gave themselves a chance to win but the better team ended up winning.

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  3. Mike C

     /  1st November 2015

    Thank God it’s all over !!!

    I was really worried at 21-17 … but alls well that ends well … which is exactly what our All Blacks did 🙂

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  4. Conspiratoor

     /  1st November 2015

    Give em all a gong! Arise sir maaa

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    • I’ve already tweeted this in response to knighthood nonsense:

      The colonial nations showed England how it’s done, we don’t need their archaic gongs.

      The gong that matters is around all their necks at this moment.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  1st November 2015

        On that at least we are agreed Pete. Is it just me or does sir Sonny have a bizarre ring to it?

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        • Mike C

           /  1st November 2015

          @Conspirator

          It’d be “Sir Sonny-Bill” 🙂

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          • kittycatkin

             /  1st November 2015

            You’d have to wonder why his parents called him that, knowing that he’d be saddled with it as an adult.

            Sir Sonny-Bill sounds very odd indeed.

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      • We can’t have them on our flag but we have to have their honours system? John Key doesn’t want one and flaunts that with our money and again he will be flaunting the other with Richard McCaw.

        Is there anyone who could explain that logic?

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  1st November 2015

        Yes, about that gong have you seen this stunning gesture from the about-to-be-anointed Sir Sonny? The man is a PR dream!

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  5. traveller

     /  1st November 2015

    I say knight the lot of them!😄

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    • The discussion about knighthoods brings up the usual interesting comparisons. What about the achievements of the Evers-Swindell twins and Murray and Bond who won multiple world championships and Olympic gold? (This from someone often called a ‘rugby fanatic.’)

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  6. Loved that game – Pocock wasn’t a factor as everyone feared as he spent most of the game on the ground under an AB he had just tackled. 2011 semi all over again and beautifully planned and executed tactical plan…

    No player had a bad game – everyone contributed and that is all you can ask of a team of guys: 100% commitment and playing to their potential.

    An Australia: Skillful, committed and very, very brave to come back after being smashed for a good 50 odd minutes…

    great game for Dan, Woody, Kevie, Ma’a, Ben Franks and Snakey to sign off on… I wonder if Richie might spin his wheels in 2016? Probably not – I think he wants the team to get the glory and will say enough is enough in a couple of weeks time after the welcome home and victory parades. He has earnt the right to exit on his terms…

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  7. kittycatkin

     /  1st November 2015

    It’s good that the All Blacks won by enough to make it definitive but that the Wallabies needn’t feel utterly humiliated.

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    • Mike C

       /  1st November 2015

      @Kitty

      The All Blacks got twice as many points as the Wallabies.

      The Aussies were definitely humiliated … but perhaps not “utterly” 🙂

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      • kittycatkin

         /  1st November 2015

        Er…I thought it was 24-17, but I see above that it was 34-17. Oops,:D

        Oh dear, it MUST have been humiliating indeed-bad enough to have half the opponents’ score, terrible when the opponents were us, 😀 We’d never have heard the end of it had it been the other way around 😀

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        • kittycatkin

           /  1st November 2015

          It’s probably obvious that I didn’t watch the game (or any other rugby game ever) and misheard the score when it was announced on the news tonight.

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    • Because Aussies are such delicate and sensitive little souls?

      Seriously though, the Wallaby captain and coach were graceful and generous in defeat. Well done, them.

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