The legendary All-Blacks, led by captain Richie McCaw won their second Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on Saturday after defeating Australia 34-17. They are the first team to ever win two consecutive World Cup titles.
New Zealand’s dominance over World’s Rugby goes a step further after Saturday’s win over Australia to become World Champion for a record third time.
Rugby fans weren’t dissapointed after Saturday’s intense final resulting in New Zealand winning its third World Champion title. Halftime score board showed a 16-3 lead for the All Blacks before cruising 21-3 early in the second half.
However, Australia managed to get back in the game after Ben Smith’s logical yellow card by committing a fault right beofre New Zealand’s last defense line. Tries by David Pocock and Tuvita Kuridrani allowed Australia to further believe in a comeback.
But flyhalf Dan Carter, elected man of the final and who is retiring from international rugby after winning a trophy that he missed in 2011, stepped up with an exquisite drop goal and a 50-metre penalty to put the result beyond doubt.
Stats of All Blacks’ impressive team speak for themselves : they have lost only three times in 54 games since their triumph on home soil four years ago and have won every World Cup match since losing to France in the 2007 quarter-finals.
Final score 34-17 was followed by All Black’s captain Richie McCaw lifting a second trophy after their triumph back home during Rugby’s World Cup last edition. He became the first captain to win the Webb Ellis Cup twice.
« We said four years ago that we get on the road again with this being the end goal, try and do something no-one else has done. », McCaw said.
It’s done now with New Zealand establishing a little more their power over International Rugby.