The New Zealand All Blacks came to do battle on the rugby pitch this World Cup, and they arose triumphant from the scuffle on the field.
Every single Haka, every single pass, every single scrum, they got better and better, more and more focussed, and were simply relentless in their fight to get to the top.
In an exciting match against the Australian Wallabies, the All Blacks finished with a whopping 34-17 score and the crowd went wild.
The Australian players brought it, no doubt. They played with their heart and their soul, and gave a fitting final game, but the New Zealand boys emerged the better players today.
The Australian captain, Stephen Moore said:
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.
At half-time we talked about getting back into the game, we did that, but they showed their class at the end. Congratulations to New Zealand.
Richie McCaw, the New Zealand test captain told BBC Radio 5 Live:
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.
I wouldn’t say anxious. I knew the momentum was against us but we’ve been in those situations before. it’s a matter of not panicking. I’ve done it many times over the years, but to do it in a World Cup final shows the calibre of me we’ve got.
On whether he would retire?
I still don’t want it to end. I’m still part of this team, I’m going to enjoy today, how can you have enough of this? I don’t think you ever have enough of it. If you get moments like this why would you ever call it a day.
The rugby fans must not be left out of this amazing shout-out! They were wonderful right to the very end. Civilised, well-behaved, and a pleasure to behold as they went around town showing their passion for the game.
A fantastic show for all concerned, and very proud of the beautiful and talented players of the All Blacks!
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