AWith many of the countries rugby legends leaving the international stage after the 2015 world cup final, New Zealand knew only one way to say farewell. The 2011 champions powered past their Aussie neighbors in one of the best World Cup finals ever making sure heroes of rugby Richie Mccaw and Dan Carter got the goodbye they deserved. In fact, Carter put in a man of the match performance scoring 19 of the All Blacks’ 34 points.
It was a cagey first 20 minutes as both teams exchanged penalties. However, as the half wore on New Zealand got better and better scoring 2 more penalties before Milner-Skudder finished off an excellent move in the corner. At half time the All Blacks led 16-3 (11 points scored by Carter).
The start of the second half was much the same. Carter and Co wasted no time in scoring another five points, this time Nonu with a searing run from 40m out. Then the comeback began. Ben Smith tip-tackled Mitchell earning himself 10 minutes in the sin bin. This created an opportunity for the Wallabies, an opportunity they grabbed with both hands.
First, Pocock bundled over and Foley converted to make it 21-10. Then the hard-working scrum-half collected a high ball before passing it to Kuridrani who scored between the posts, Foley converted to make it 21-17. Game on. Then out of nowhere, Dan Carter popped an outrageous drop goal over from 40 metres out settling the nerves. As New Zealand were restored to 15 men they once again became the better side and a Carter penalty gave the All Blacks a 10 point cushion. Then with the final whistle baring down on him, Barret put the cherry on the cake by going over the Aussies try-line and securing a 3rd world cup for the All Blacks.