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Ruthless New Zealand retain World Cup

November 1st, 2015 by · No Comments · Features, Rugby

New Zealand 34 – 17 Australia

The review of England’s World Cup campaign will be able to reach one swift conclusion: they would not have won the final no matter who was in charge because New Zealand played at a level few teams in the history of the game have reached. Australia were the best of the rest but they were a distinct second to the All Blacks, despite a brief rally in the second half when they had a man advantage, as the holders became the first team to retain the Webb Ellis Cup and win it for a third time.

Four years ago, New Zealand limped their way to victory in the final against France in Auckland, and not just because Richie McCaw played on one foot. It had been 24 years since they had won the tournament and they were beset by nerves, looking to do enough and no more. Their first emotion on hearing the final whistle was relief rather than joy, but here, their first World Cup success on foreign soil, the reaction was one of rapture. A team at the peak of its powers played with assurance from the start and was not thrown by the few moments when Australia were more than a speed bump.

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