New Zealand is the first country to win three Rugby World Cup’s and the first to successfully defend their title following their 34-17 victory over archrivals Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final played in London on Saturday.
Played in front of over 80,000 at the home of rugby, Twickenham New Zealand and Australia faced off in the World Cup Final for the first time ever with the winner becoming the first country to secure the Webb Ellis Cup on three separate occasions.
“They thoroughly deserved to win,” Wallabies captain Stephen Moore said after the match.
“They were the best team all tournament, they played really well.”
“There’s no excuses from us, that’s a World Cup final, you deal with that (injury) stuff.”
“What I am proud of is the effort we showed right through the 80 minutes.”
“Sometimes you come up against a better team and that was us tonight,” added Moore as the Wallabies, in their first World Cup Final in 12-years also lost their first ever World Cup game on English soil.
Looking to become the first ever nation to successfully defend their title the All-Blacks, the best team in the world entered the game as the red hot favourites and delivered, especially in the first half where they opened up a 16-3 lead at the main break and managed to withstand a courageous fight back by the Wallabies in the second half.
A try in the opening minutes to Maa Nonu extended the All-Blacks lead to 21-3 before a pair of Wallabies tries to David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani saw New Zealand’s lead cut to four (21-17) with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
Fly-half Dan Carter, in his final ever game for the All-Blacks gave his side some breathing space with a field goal in the 70th minute before the world’s number one side sealed their third world cup title as reserve Beauden Barrett scored his side’s third try in the dying minutes.
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