New Zealand beat Australia 34-17 to win Rugby World Cup 2015
All Blacks have become the first ever back to back world champions with a convincing 34-17 victory over the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup final played at Twickenham in England.All Blacks win was their third Webb Ellis Cup.All Blacks started the match on high note firing against Wallabies, with Jerome Kaino and Conrad Smith pulling off dominant tackles to put the Aussie team on the back foot. Dan Carter took the first points of the final, with a penalty goal to make it 3-0 to New Zealand with eight minutes played. A glaring mistake from fullback Ben Smith off a long kick from Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley gave Australia their first opportunity to attack in Kiwi territory. Wallabies were immediately awarded a penalty at scrum time as the New Zealand frontrow failed to maintain their binds. Bernard Foley levelled the scores to make it 3-3 after 14 minutes. Australia suffered a massive blow with the loss of powerful second-rower Kane Douglas. Douglas, who had played the most minutes and recorded the most tackles of any Australian at the World Cup, was brought down during a maul with a painful knee injury and was replaced by Dean Mumm. After skipper Stephen Moore was penalised for not rolling away from the ruck, All Blacks legend Dan Carter got the opportunity to kick for touch and heap more misery on Wallabies.Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu was penalised for a tackle on Dan Carter, taking the flyhalf high in Australian territory. Dan Carter knocked the ball over for his second penalty goal of the night, as his side regained the lead 6-3. Matt Giteau left the field at the 25-minute mark for a compulsory concussion test after sustaining a nasty head knock and was replaced by Kurtley Beale for the remainder of the match.
New Zealand got off to a dream start to the second half, after Benard Foley chip kick gave the All Blacks possession back on halfway and Sonny Bill Williams put veteran centre Ma’a Nonu into space through the midfield, as Kurtley Beale slipped over in defence, allowing the 33-year-old to dash to the line for his first try of the final.Dan Carter missed his first kick of the night, but the All Blacks lead was at 21-3 after 42 minutes of play.All Black fullback Ben Smith was give a yellow card after lifting Drew Mitchell past the horizontal.Wallabies hit back off a quick lineout, with a driving maul backed by David Pocock who pressed forward to score his fifth Rugby World Cup try at a crucial point in the match. Bernard Foley converted to put Australia into double figures, at 21-10 with 9 minutes after the second half.A box kick from Will Genia exposed a gap in the 14-man All Blacks defence and his kick was picked up by Bernard Foley, who offloaded to a galloping Tevita Kuridrani to give the centre a 20 metre sprint to the try line. Kuridrani dotted it over, before the Wallaby flyhalf converted and brought his side back within four points. 21-17 at with 15 minutes to go.Wallaby flyer Drew Mitchell was replaced by Matt Toomua to undergo a concussion test, following on from a knock received in the phases before Kuridrani’s try.
Ben Smith returned to the field, the All Blacks slowed the pace of the game down to regain a similar control to that of the first half. After building numerous back-to-back phases, Dan Carter dropped a field goal from 45 metres out to make it 24-17 on the 70th minute.Things got worse for Wallabies when James Slipper was penalised at a scrum on halfway as the team dropped their binds in the front row. Dan Carter took another successful shot at goal pushing the All Blacks out to a 10-point lead to 27-17.Then a knock-on from Drew Mitchell on the left side of the field gave Ben Smith the ball to kick ahead for replacement Beauden Barrett to chase in the open field. Barrett toed the ball ahead of the final Wallaby chaser in David Pocock, regathering and scoring next to the uprights.Dan Carter made his seventh successful kick of the night, as Contador Harrison declared New Zealand World Cup champions before the final whistle had blown.Playing just 20 seconds after the kick off, Ben Smith kicked the ball into touch to end the game 34-17 in favour of the defending world champions.Dan Carter was awarded man of the match honours, after racking up a total of 19 points, with a kick succession rate of seven out of eight shots at goal.
At the final whistle, All Blacks leapt for celebrations, skipper Richie McCaw deservedly mobbed by his teammates. What a test for the 34-year-old on his 148th to bow out on. Asked if this was the proudest moment of his career, McCaw was absolutely adamant.”We played damn good rugby there,” McCaw beamed.”We lost a bit of momentum in the second half but we kept our composure and came home strong. That’s been the hallmark of this team for the last four years.”When a spirited Wallabies comeback narrowed the score to four points,on the field the All Blacks captain said he always knew which way it was going.”I wouldn’t say I was anxious. We’ve been in those situations before and it was a case of not panicking and doing the simple things. Get the ball back and get in control,” he said.”We’ve done that a lot of times over the years, but to do it in a World Cup, that shows the calibre of men we’ve got.” And still, McCaw refuses to say whether this will be a fitting swansong to his All Blacks career and instead deflecting questions of retirement to pay tribute to his team mates and “a great bunch of men.””I still don’t want it to end. At the moment, I’m still part of this team. How could you get enough of this?” he said.”I’ll worry about that after today, I’m just going to enjoy having played a great World Cup final with a great bunch of men – and having been able to wear this jersey again.”I don’t think I could ever have enough of it.” Rugby World Cup 2015 final stats Australia 17 David Pocock, Tevita Kuridrani tries; Bernard Foley pen, 2 cons. All Blacks had 34 Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ma’a Nonu, Beauden Barrett tries; Dan Carter 4 pens, 2 cons, dropped goal.New Zealand was the best team in Rugby World Cup 2015, and the best team in the final. Now it’s arguably the best team in rugby history.