2015 Rugby World Cup Final

The Wallabies faced the All Blacks in a Thrilling Final

In the final, the All Blacks came out fast and put the first points on the board with a testing penalty from out wide by Dan Carter. The Wallabies equalised with a penalty by Bernard Foley. Carter put New Zealand back in front from a penalty after a high tackle.

New Zealand played with speed and dominated territory and possession leading to a third Carter penalty. Then came the first try of the final. Conrad Smith found space down the right then passing to Aaron Smith. Smith moved the ball quickly to Richie McCaw who passed it on to Nehe Milner-Skudder to score in the corner. Carter converted to take their lead to 16-3 at half-time.

The All-Blacks struck again as soon as the second half began. Sonny Bill Williams, who had come on for Conrad Smith, drew three defenders before passing to Ma’a Nonu who charged 40 metres to the line, past Kurtley Beale and Drew Mitchell. Carter missed the conversion.

After new Zealand’s Ben Smith was sin-binned for a tip-tackle on Mitchell, Australia had a chance. They drove a maul off the line-out and David Pocock scored. Foley converted the try bringing the score to 21-10.

Next Will Genia kicked to the right-hand corner, Adam Ashley-Cooper got the ball and passed to Tevita Kuridrani who crossed the line. With Foley’s conversion, Australia had scored 14 unanswered points in 11 minutes.

Dan Carter secured the next points for the All Blacks with a 40m drop-goal taking the score to 24-17. He then kicked a penalty from just inside the halfway line with seven minutes to go.

Australia knew they needed some quick tries but lost the ball. Beauden Barret capitalised on this and scored New Zealand’s last try. Carter converted bringing the final match score to 34-17.

After the final, All Blacks captain Richie McCaw had this to say about his team’s historic back to back win, "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. I'm so proud of the guys. We lost a bit of momentum in the second half but we kept our composure and came back strong."

Australia’s captain Stephen Moore was gracious in defeat saying, "It's all about New Zealand tonight - they thoroughly deserved to win. They have been the best team in the tournament and they played really well tonight.

"There are no excuses from us, I'm proud of the effort we put in and the way we fought our way back into the match. Sometimes you just come up against a better team and that was the case tonight."

Dan Carter was the well deserving winner of Man of the Match. After missing the 2011 World Cup final this was a fitting finale to his 12-year, 112 cap All Black career.

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